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, 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.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Honeywell Bendix/King AV8OR
GPS and weather in your hands
By now, almost every pilot has had some experience with a portable GPS unit, and the AV8OR does everything that you’ve come to expect from these devices, and more. Bendix/King’s new MFD integrates GPS, navigation database, graphical terrain and XM weather into a single portable device. The affordable unit’s list price is $799, and the XM WxWorx weather receiver add-on is available for an additional $523 (though, through the end of 2009, the AV8OR includes a $200 rebate coupon for the receiver). The AV8OR has a beautiful, bright 4.3-inch diagonal display with 480x272-pixel resolution. The touch-screen interface is easy to use and provides excellent tap and double-tap access to information.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
JH Audio Aerous VX-Series Headsets
In-the-ear sound for audiophile aviators
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Tech Talk: Spot Satellite Personal Tracker
It could save your life
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tech Talk: Garmin G600 Glass Panel
Retrofit glass for steam-gauge six-packs
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Control Vision Anywhere Map XP & ATC
Portable moving maps with weather
Monday, September 1, 2008
X-Plane 9.0 Flight Simulator
Better airplanes and scenery for your home computer
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Apex Edge Series KSN 770
Bendix/King strikes back with its Integrated Communication Navigation Display
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Flying the G1000 IFR Like the Pros!
Advanced training for Garmin's glass panel
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tech Talk: Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology
It replicates what you see outside the cockpit on a clear day
If there ever was a cross between a computer game and the real world, it was laid out on the panel before me. I was at the 2008 Sun ’n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., flying what was, at the time, the world’s only general aviation synthetic vision system installed in an airplane. This one was part of a Garmin G1000 flat-panel display mounted in a Diamond DA40 Star. Garmin’s Synthetic Vision Technology (SVT) was recently granted an STC to integrate with the G1000’s PFD. Because Diamond was the launch customer on the initial G1000 avionics suite offering five years ago, it’s perhaps appropriate that the first unit was installed in a Diamond Star.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Aspen Evolution EFD1000 Pilot/Pro PFD
Low-cost glass for steam-gauge panels
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
So comfortable and quiet, you’ll want to experience it beyond the airplane
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Flight Guide Online
So much for so little
Friday, February 1, 2008
Zaon PCAS XRX
Portable collision avoidance with direction
Friday, December 1, 2006
Mercury Computer Systems VistaNav
Glass-panel functionality comes in a portable package
If you’re like me—a pilot who mainly flies airplanes with “steam gauge” instruments that look increasingly out of date—you probably salivate over the glass flight decks that are common in new airplanes. Even the latest (smallest) singles from Cessna and Piper have them. And while it’s possible to retrofit similar hardware in older airplanes, for most of us, the cost (in the high tens of thousands of dollars) is prohibitive.
Monday, May 1, 2006
IFR flight planning, electronic charts and moving map all in one package
In the fall of 2004, I closed a review of Jeppesen’s JeppView/FliteDeck 3 with a complaint about the lack of serious flight-planning functions in Jeppesen’s flagship electronic charting products. A Jeppesen representative responded: “At some point, we hope to offer a single solution.” He must have been serious because that single solution now exists.
Saturday, April 1, 2006
Mid-Continent Instruments’ Lifesaver attitude indicator with built-in battery backup
Every pilot knows “Hoover’s Law”: It’s not a question of if your vacuum system will fail, but when your vacuum system will fail. To eliminate the vacuum problem, many owners have opted to go with an electric primary or standby gyro. Great idea—until the power goes out. Then what? Well, thanks to Mid-Continent Instruments, pilots who install its new 4300 series Lifesaver electric attitude indicator with built-in battery backup can keep flying for up to an hour.