Overwhelmed by the selection of pilot and aviation supplies on the market? Trust the reviews below for to find the best general aviation products on the market.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sporty’s 50 Years On The Pulse Of GA
A look at our collective pilot philosophy through the gear we buy and why
I’m meandering along a quiet perimeter road at Clermont County Airport near Batavia, Ohio, on a frigid morning.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The Flight Bag Is A Pilot's Best Friend
Modern design and computer engineering have transformed the humble flight bag into a cockpit necessity
Ah, the flight bag. What, in the air-mail days, was a lowly canvas sack into which was stuffed a bedraggled map, a candy bar and a dime for a phone call if the weather got bad has become a cockpit staple.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Headsets: The Critical Component
Defining your mission is the key to finding the right headset
On a recent cross-country on a busy day in the skies above California, I got a firsthand look into the importance of a good headset, and how a headset that’s good in one airplane might be completely wrong in another.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Buyer’s guide to the latest high-tech handheld devices
Not long ago, handheld devices for in-cockpit use broke down into neat categories: GPS moving-map units kept pilots from getting lost.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
2010 Grab Bag
Our picks for the most impressive products of the year
Get a bunch of pilots together, and the talk will eventually turn to gear. Aviators tend to be folks who embrace technology, or at least the technology that centers on aviation.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The DFC90 completes Avidyne’s integrated avionics suite with an increase in performance and safety
We familiarly call them “George” or “Otto.” But Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot makes a strong case for being called “Doctor” George or “Professor” Otto.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Hearing Loss: Could It Happen to You?
The right headset and a little knowledge can save your hearing
A 2008 study by hearing expert Sergei Kochkin found that 35 million Americans have permanent hearing impairment.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
11 Best New Products
Innovation continues to drive GA’s heart and soul
The heart and soul of civilization, if you buy the exhaustively researched conclusions in Matt Ridley’s top-selling book The Rational Optimist, has been trade between the world’s people, from the very beginnings of humankind’s first yearning to explore and occupy the far horizons of planet Earth.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Jeppesen VFR+GPS Charts
An alternative to sectional charts
Since 1930, the standard paper navigation chart for VFR pilots has been the venerable sectional, originally produced by the Coast and Geodetic Survey, whose aviation department has since become the FAA’s National Aeronautical Chart Office (NACO). NACO sectional charts are widely available, and provide key data on terrain, airspace, navigational aids, etc. We all learn to use them in primary flight training.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
20 New iPad Apps!
Turn your iPad into the ultimate cockpit resource
The iPad is slick, dazzling and infinitely upgradeable, with over 100,000 applications in Apple’s App Store.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
10 Top Products
The flying/buying season is in full swing: Hop on board!
Year in, year out, up economy or down economy, enterprising aviation entrepreneurs always find new and exciting ways to get our juices flowing and our checking accounts draining.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Top 12 Tech
With aviation and technology merged forever, we take a look at what’s coming to a cockpit near you
So much has changed in aviation in the last 15 years. Never mind the fact that LSA and the sport pilot category have instigated innovation rivaled only by the “golden age” of aviation in the ’40s.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Buyer’s Guide To Hangars, Doors And More
Time to bring your pride
UV damage, bird proliferation, easy warm ups, cleanliness, weatherproof loading, privacy and security—these are on the long list of reasons why you might decide to store your airplane indoors and out of the weather.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The LSA Glass Menagerie
Start Christmas shopping now: There are tons of glass to choose from!
Once upon a time, intrepid pilots rapped with their oil-stained, gloved knuckles on balky steam gauges; needles quivered unstuck, and all was right across the skies.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Best Handheld Products!
Your guide to the newest portable gear
Like many pilots, I carry a little insurance against the possibility of an alternator failure. I have a portable GPS on my Skylane’s yoke, a handheld VHF NAV/COM in a seat-back pocket and a cell phone where I can reach it.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Gear Up With BrightLine Bags
Stay organized in and out of the cockpit
If you took one look at my airport car, you’d probably conclude that I’m not the most organized person in the world.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
21st-Century Technology For Every Cockpit!
A panel-mount buyer’s guide for all pilots
The world of panel-mount avionics has changed almost beyond recognition in the past 10 years, with glass panels and digital displays rapidly taking over from the “steam gauges” of the 20th century.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Headset Guide: Technology Still Rules
New developments in sound technology
When I came back to aviation after a 20-year absence, one of the biggest changes was headsets.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Honeywell’s KFD 840
A cool new six-pack in a box
Eight pounds. Doesn’t sound like much. But aviators understand the significance of weight—particularly decreasing it.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Avidyne’s new Entegra makes glass perfectly clear