Plane & Pilot
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.
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Pilot My-Cast:
Garmin’s Pilot My-Cast delivers critical aviation weather intelligence and flight planning directly to your cell phone for a monthly fee of $9.95. You can check current and predicted National Weather Service (NWS) data at your departure airport, your destination or at any terminal waypoint in the continental United States. Then, using DUAT(S), you can file a flight plan from your cell phone. Pilot My-Cast makes it easy to page through surface reports, terminal forecasts, observations and advisories instantly as they become available. Zoom in to a single airport or route in high resolution, pan across a moving NEXRAD weather display, check upper air winds or temperatures, identify cells producing lightning and more. Personalized, on-demand pilot weather is delivered to your mobile phone in text or graphical color formats. Garmin’s Digital Cyclone weather engine receives a direct data stream from the NWS, plotting both current and predicted weather. As a result, commercial and general aviation pilots can now instantly access the precise, personalized reports they need to make better-informed flying decisions. For more information, visit

Arinc eFlyBook:
The eFlyBook portable document viewer from Arinc was developed specifically for general aviation pilots. It’s a portable electronic device that contains all U.S. digitized terminal procedures, IFR high- and low-altitude en route charts, U.S. airport facility directory, FARs and AIM, and can accommodate other user-installed eDocs such as aircraft manuals and pictures. The eFlyBook has an 8.1-inch display, is ½-inch thick, weighs a mere 13.7 ounces, and can be attached to a chart holder. It’s a small, lightweight, electronic-paper-based tablet that lets users read flight documents without unfolding large, cumbersome paper charts. The eFlyBook’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) technology lets pilots read digital charts just like normal paper, regardless of the light conditions. provides charts, documents and other digital content that can be downloaded to the eFlyBook via the Internet either through an Ethernet or a WiFi connection. For more information, visit

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