What are pilots saying about the latest aircraft accessories? Our flight accessory and electronics reviews shed light on some of the latest electronics for pilots.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
ADS-B, here and now
We’ve been promised and warned it’s coming. Now, ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast), cornerstone of NextGen navigation, is here.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Daylight-compatible EFB for VFR and IFR
While we’ve yet to see any device that can completely replace paper charts, the latest version of FlightPrep’s ChartBook comes very close—at least in daylight.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Flight Guide iEFB
An iPad app that will radically change your cross-country flights
Since our review of the Flight Guide iEFB in “Top 20 iPad Apps” [September 2010], we have taken a much closer look at this iPad app.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Adventure Pilot iFly 700
Handheld, sectional-chart, moving-map GPS
Imagine this: You’ve just launched on a trip to Las Vegas and have a magic sectional chart taped to your panel.
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
Anywhere Map Quadra
A trendsetter in portable navigators
At first glance there’s not much to the new Anywhere Map Quadra, but therein lies its considerable charm.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Spidertracks Aviator & FleetPro
Portable Satellite Tracking Solutions
When you’re flying over rough terrain or desolate areas, you tend to have certain thoughts.
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, June 22, 2010
With Aspen Avionics’ multi-unit flight display, you can go all-glass on a budget
The last of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team T-6s lets out a sonorous belch as its propeller spins to a stop, and I walk up to its hefty wing to meet Gene McNeely, slot pilot for the team.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Touch screen comes to GPS
Pilots tend to be a fairly ethnocentric bunch. We think the world revolves around (under) us, and if it doesn’t, we all know it should.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Portable aviation information manager
For years, U.S. instrument pilots have had a choice between charts from the FAA’s National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO) and from Jeppesen, the overwhelming choice among commercial pilots.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Spot Satellite GPS Messenger
The next-generation tracker arrives
On long cross-country flights, I always bring my Spot Personal Tracker along.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
With its touch-screen interface and loads of new features, the AV8OR Ace is a winner
We’ve reached the point in aviation GPS technology where we’re no longer comparing “bad” units to “good” ones. Instead, we examine a unit’s overall look and feel (i.e., its quirks, nuances and exclusive features) to see if it fits our specific needs—the quality of the unit is a given.
Monday, October 26, 2009
A digital replacement for most cockpit paper (but keep your clearance pad!)
Over the years, we’ve reviewed quite a few electronic flight bags (EFBs) and other devices that have claimed to eliminate paper from the cockpit.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
PilotPlates & Reader Plates
Approach plates meet electronic books
Ten years ago, I started off on my first really long cross-country trip: a two-week flying vacation from my home base in Modesto, Calif., to Parkersburg, W.V. I literally started out with a suitcase full of charts, including approach plates for the entire route.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Beyerdynamic HS 600 DANR Headset
Advanced noise reduction from Germany
There still are a few older pilots who fly without headsets—and most have hearing damage as a direct result.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Qref Books & Checklists
Quick reference for your GPS
For most general aviation pilots today, a GPS is standard equipment, whether it’s in the panel, on a yoke mount or in a flight bag as a backup device.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Low-cost HUD–coming to a propeller near you
William Steele was working on developing a low-cost HUD (Heads Up Display) product when a eureka moment transpired
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Avidyne Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck
The next-gen glass cockpit arrives
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The New Peltor 9500 Digital Headset
Peltor’s new headset aims for the cockpit
Headsets are funny things. Even though there are scores of them on the market and their job is essentially the same, each headset has its own “personality” and unique feel. Among professional headsets, I’ve found that the “right” one is different for each individual wearer and is a matter of personal preference. It was with that fact in mind that I opened the package containing the brand-new Peltor ANR 9500 digital headset.