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Aircraft Accessories

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

SkyVision Xtreme


ADS-B, here and now



SkyVision XtremeWe’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

FlightPrep ChartBook-S


Daylight-compatible EFB for VFR and IFR



FlightPrep ChartBook-SWhile 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



Flight Guide iEFBSince 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



Adventure Pilot iFly 700Imagine 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



11 Best New ProductsThe 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



Anywhere Map QuadraAt 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



Spidertracks Aviator & FleetProWhen 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



20 New iPad Apps!The iPad is slick, dazzling and infinitely upgradeable, with over 100,000 applications in Apple’s App Store.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Aspen Glow


With Aspen Avionics’ multi-unit flight display, you can go all-glass on a budget



Aspen GlowThe 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

Garmin Aera


Touch screen comes to GPS



Garmin AeraPilots 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

SolidFX FX10


Portable aviation information manager



SolidFX FX10For 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



Spot Satellite GPS MessengerOn long cross-country flights, I always bring my Spot Personal Tracker along.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

AV8OR Ace


With its touch-screen interface and loads of new features, the AV8OR Ace is a winner



AV8OR AceWe’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

FlightPrep ChartBook


A digital replacement for most cockpit paper (but keep your clearance pad!)



FlightPrep ChartBookOver 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



PilotPlates & Reader PlatesTen 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



Beyerdynamic HS 600 DANR HeadsetThere 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



Qref Books & ChecklistsFor 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

VirtualHUD


Low-cost HUD–coming to a propeller near you



VirtualHUDWilliam 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



tech talkFor all their dazzling screen displays and computational wizardry, glass cockpits can be complex to learn and challenging to operate. Avidyne, which introduced the glass cockpit to general aviation in 2003, aims to change all that with its Entegra Release 9 Integrated Flight Deck, which is now nearing FAA certification.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The New Peltor 9500 Digital Headset


Peltor’s new headset aims for the cockpit



The New Peltor 9500 Digital HeadsetHeadsets 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.