Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

March 2011 Readback


More Piper Seminoles For ATP


PRODUCT PREVIEWS


Get A Boost

The Elevator Cushion from Sporty’s increases flight visibility by assisting pilots who have trouble seeing over the nose or need another inch or two to reach the rudders. It measures 14x12x21⁄2 inches on the seat bottom, and 14x18x21⁄2 inches on the seat back. The thick, dense foam won’t lose shape over time, and at a weight of just 32 ounces, you don’t have to recalculate weight and balance. Pockets on the front and back may be used for storing flat items like charts. The seat bottom is detachable for use elsewhere such as stadiums and bleachers. Contact: Sporty’s, www.sportys.com.

Custom Aviation Tiles

Artist Tess Barnett has expanded her tempered-glass tile business to depict aviation, including customized renderings of your aircraft or logo. With the image on the far side of the tile, the picture stays put, permanently protected from abrasion by tempered glass. Wild Tile’s image transfer process uses gasified inks that permeate the back surface of tempered glass, so the tiles can be used indoors or out. They can go on the floor or on the wall or they can be fitted to a light box. The tiles come in either 6x6-inch or 12x12-inch sizes, but the ultimate size of the artwork is effectively unlimited. Contact: Wild Tile, www.wildtile.net.

Lights, Camera, Action!

The all-in-one Cockpit Video System from Sporty’s allows you to record in-flight HD video (1080p at 30 fps or 720p at 60 fps) and all intercom and radio communications. A built-in GPS receiver logs your precise location, and with included EasyEdit software, you can review your video with speed and altitude data, all overlaid on a Google Earth map. The system also features a 135-degree wide-angle lens with laser-alignment capability, an adhesive mount, three-hour battery and 2 GB microSD card. Not only is it great for sharing your flights with friends, but it’s a useful debriefing tool for flight students. Contact: Sporty’s, www.sportys.com.

Polo Shirt

Available through Runway Pilot and an aviation apparel company, Flitek Performance Bamboo products are designed for pilots by pilots. Made from environmentally friendly fabrics, Flitek clothing is well suited for the cockpit—it’s comfortable, wicks moisture and is very breathable. Available colors include blue, black and white. Contact: Runway Pilot, www.runwaypilot.com.

New Headset

The MGL Avionics MGL-880 headset operates in stereo or mono, and features soft silicone gel-filled ear cups, two volume-control knobs, a filtered, noise-canceling microphone, gold-plated headphone and microphone plugs, a metal swivel gooseneck and metal microphone boom. It weighs just 20.5 ounces and has a passive-noise-reduction rating of 27 dB. Contact: MGL Avionics, www.mglavionics.com.



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