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Pilot Supplies

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, December 21, 2010

Headsets: The Critical Component


Defining your mission is the key to finding the right headset



Headsets: The Critical ComponentOn 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

Aviation Handhelds


Buyer’s guide to the latest high-tech handheld devices



Aviation HandheldsNot 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



2010 Grab BagGet 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

Advanced-Degree Autopilot


The DFC90 completes Avidyne’s integrated avionics suite with an increase in performance and safety



Advanced-Degree AutopilotWe 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



Hearing Loss: Could It Happen to You?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



11 Best New ProductsThe 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



Jeppesen VFR+GPS ChartsSince 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



20 New iPad Apps!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!



10 Top ProductsYear 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



Top 12 TechSo 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



Buyer’s Guide To Hangars, Doors And MoreUV 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!



The LSA Glass MenagerieOnce 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



Best Handheld Products!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



Gear Up With BrightLine BagsIf 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



21st-Century Technology For Every Cockpit!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



Headset Guide: Technology Still RulesWhen 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



Honeywell’s KFD 840Eight pounds. Doesn’t sound like much. But aviators understand the significance of weight—particularly decreasing it.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Screen Gem


Avidyne’s new Entegra makes glass perfectly clear



screen gemA flight down Florida’s east coast is replete with tropical playground panoramas, but the million-dollar view isn’t enough at the moment to pry my eyes from the dual IFDs (Integrated Flight Displays) of Avidyne’s new Entegra Release 9, installed in the company’s Cirrus SR22.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Choosing Your Handheld


What to consider before you purchase a GPS, EFB or NAV/COM



handheldPilots today are increasingly dependent on electronic navigation and communication equipment: GPS for navigation, satellite radio for weather avoidance and VHF for voice communications (since September 11, no pilot can seriously think about flying in controlled airspace without one).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Headset How-To


Today, aviation headsets sport more features than ever before. Use this guide to navigate your way through the headset jungle.



headsetAsk any two pilots what the best headset is and you’ll get two distinct answers, each with solid claims to back it up. There are scores of headsets on the market, and the different features of each model make choosing the correct headset a quagmire of myth, hearsay and fact.