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Friday, December 1, 2006
Face Weather With More Confidence
The Garmin 396 is a powerful handheld weather tool
The trip was to be a long one: Watsonville, Calif., to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was supposed to take about eight hours, but the weather conspired to lengthen the trip to almost 10 hours. We planned to make one stop in Denver for refueling. It was typical western summer weather, which meant expectations of thunderstorms from midday on, so the Rockies were going to be problematic from a weather standpoint. As it turned out, so was much of the remainder of the trip.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
TKS Ice Protection
Flying year-round becomes a possibility with the TKS Ice Protection system
Publishing an aviation magazine can be a lot of fun, especially when the assignment is to refurbish an airplane like a 1982 B36TC Bonanza, our most recent project plane. If you’ve been reading Plane & Pilot over the last few years, you’re probably familiar with this plane from the August and September 2003 issues. At that time, we pulled the best equipment on the market to retrofit the 20-year-old aircraft. The idea was to showcase all the emerging technology for high-performance, piston-engine aircraft.
Saturday, April 1, 2006
High Test Flying
Here are two products that might change your attitude about altitude
I’m fortunate to be able to fly a late-model Bonanza B36TC. At a recent American Bonanza Society convention, I was given a demo ride in the Rocket Engineering B36TC converted Pratt & Whitney PT6-A-powered TurbineAir.
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Chelton's Magic Boxes
The future of instrument flying is here and now
Sunday, May 1, 2005
10+ Most Useful Cockpit Gadgets
A buyer’s guide to the latest must-have gear for aviators
Almost every pilot searches for the right tools to make any flight a safe and enjoyable one. Whether it’s a gizmo that enables us to enjoy that short $100 hamburger flight or a portable piece of equipment that can save us baggage space during long cross-country treks to the backcountry, we’re always in need of that extra-special something that will make our trips a whole lot easier and the ride a whole lot more fun.
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Mastering The Panel-Mounted GPS Part 1: VFR Use
Bendix/King, Garmin, Chelton? At first glance, they all seem so different, but are they really? It turns out they have a lot in common.
Monday, March 1, 2004
Buyer's Guide: The New Headsets
Whether it’s passive or active, this year’s models offer plenty of “oomph” for your ears
Sunday, February 1, 2004
Buyer's Guide: Gotta-Have-It Cockpit Gear
A few pieces of equipment make cross-country flying easier and more relaxing. Here are suggestions on what to bring to make far-reaching flights pass in a flash.
Believe it or not, there are still lots of pilots out there who are flying without a GPS. There are many portables, such as the Airmap 500, Garmin 196 and 295 and the Skymap IIIC, that will not only make flight navigation easier, but also help you find a friend’s house, a favorite restaurant or the best fishing spots around town.
Thursday, January 1, 2004
Reader's Choice Awards
Thursday, January 1, 2004
Emergency Locator Transmitters
How they work and why things are about to change
Like most of you, I've been flying with one or another ELT for years, hoping I'd never have a reason to use one. In truth, I took them for granted, assuming the technology would save my life if it ever became necessary.
Wednesday, November 30, -0001
Headsets: Choosing The Right Tool
Technology and individuality drive this year’s headset selection
The year 2013 brings with it subtle changes in the headset world. Aviation leader Peltor has been bought by 3M Corporation, and their aviation line has all but disappeared.