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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, 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.
Saturday, November 1, 2008

Top New Products


The Coolest gadgets for the cockpit and beyond



top new productsOne of the best things about EAA AirVenture, more than any other aviation gathering, is the sheer number of cool things you’ll find, whether cruising the fly market for tools, sheet metal and bungee cords, or stalking through the hangars for treasures and things you never knew you’d need. We’ve found some incredibly clever products; many that you may not have sampled yet. Prices run the gamut of ranges, but the items are all worth a look. When you go to Oshkosh, you never know what you may come home with!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Analyze This


Today’s engine analyzers can help you lower costs and fly more safely



No matter how modern an airplane’s engines and systems are, predictable power is ultimately a pilot’s personal responsibility. We rely on engine instrumentation to ensure safe flight, but we also like to optimize engine operations (for example, speed, distance or lifetime economy). The right information, reliably transmitted and interpreted, can save money and time, and prevent awkward situations.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Flight Management Systems




Airline and bizjet pilots have been using flight management system (FMS) technology for almost 30 years, but it’s new to general aviation pilots. From the beginning, the FMS has appeared to the pilot as a control unit with at least two features: a keypad to enter waypoints and an alphanumeric display to show navigation and performance data. That’s still true for most FMS displays, though some now provide graphical features, and not all GA installations include a keypad. The FMS can also drive navigation instruments (or the PFD on a glass panel).
Sunday, June 1, 2008

Heads Up On Headsets


New models & new technology, priced from $79 to $995



HeadsetsAviation headsets—now that’s a topic that’s close to my heart, or ears. My first “headset” was a Gosport tube in a military trainer, an all-rubber affair with a speaking tube connected to rubber ear pads via a long tube. Pity the poor student who tried to follow the grunts, snorts and expletives emanating from the rear cockpit. A few years later, after bouncing my head off the canopy of my SNJ Texan too many times, I took my Bell motorcycle helmet, hollowed out the padding and, using a discarded TV camera headset, inserted a set of Telex ear pads, bolted on the boom mic, then wired it to the navcom. Forty years later, it still works, more or less.
Thursday, May 29, 2008

High-Tech Buyer's Guide


Entering the glass-cockpit age has gotten more affordable



Tech GuideAn interesting trend has been emerging: Upgrades for existing aircraft are bringing older airplanes into the modern, electronic, glass-cockpit age. Glass upgrades or even whole retrofit panels can make you think you’re flying the newest aircraft in the sky.
Saturday, March 1, 2008

Home Sims Fly To New Levels


Take off from your den!



home simsThe world of flight simulation has changed quite a bit since Edwin Link invented the first flight simulator in 1931; today, realistic simulation is available in packages that range from software that can run on a desktop computer up to multimillion-dollar systems used to train airline and military pilots.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Staying Safe


A guide to gadgets that will keep you and your passengers secure



staying safeRemember when CB radios were actually useful? Like CBs and just about everything originally intended for emergency purposes, many of the safety items listed in this article are for situations of distress, where life, eyesight or organ health is in danger. Let’s all be careful and professional when using PLBs (personal locator beacons) and ELTs (emergency locator transmitters).
Saturday, December 1, 2007

Buyer’s Guide: The Active Pilot’s Flight Bag


Consider one of these exciting new products



garmin gpsFlight bags have certainly changed over the years, but what has changed most is what today’s pilots consider “must have.” My first flight bag was a military flying suit with pockets everywhere, each stuffed with some necessity.
Thursday, November 1, 2007

Handheld Avionics


Using portable gadgets to fly safer



handheld avionicsI’m sold on the concept that using portable avionics in the cockpit will make the flying experience safer and more convenient. As a flight instructor, I teach in aircraft with large differences in avionics, ranging from the latest and greatest in glass panels to ships with no radio or electrical system. Regardless, it’s always comforting to have my trusty Garmin GPSMAP 496 along for the flight to help with situational awareness and to have the latest weather at my fingertips.