Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

November 2011 Readback


PRODUCT PREVIEWS

Gleim Sim

Created by Dr. Irvin Gleim of Gleim Publications, this new simulator is built up from a Dell XPS desktop computer, and uses three 23-inch flat-screen monitors to create a 120-degree wraparound visual experience for student pilots. The system is based on X-Plane 9 simulator software, and can be customized for specific aircraft, as well as defaulting to the school's—or home-study student's—local airport. The simulator comes with fully functioning flight stick-and-rudder pedals, and a throttle quadrant can be added. All 22 sport pilot or 27 private pilot lessons from the Gleim syllabus books are accessible, as well. Contact: www.gleim.com.

Long-Distance Preheater

The Regal Wireless Digital Remote from Far Start Technologies is a programmable, long-distance aircraft preheater switch that can be controlled via a phone call or a time-based program. It's security protected by a password and a white list of approved users. Contact: www.fstllc.com.

Hadron MultiNav

Spain's Topwing has an all-in-one, portable MFD/PFD screen that carries a hangar full of primary and secondary instruments, including 2D moving map and HSI, 3D topographic textured vision, fully featured synthetic vision, Highway-In-The-Sky, and flight instruments such as attitude, altimeter, compass, rate of climb and groundspeed. It's also a touch-screen device, and carries 1 GB of internal flash memory. It has a slot for a microSDHC software external memory chip, and comes with built-in ADS-B receiver. The seven-inch screen has flight planning and a collision avoidance system built in. Contact: www.topwing.net.

Winter Flying

Ski-flying season is here! Damian DelGaizo's Ski Flying: 101 DVD takes the tailwheel lover for a subzero spin. Ground and in-flight lessons help pilots learn the techniques necessary to become more proficient in ski flying. DelGaizo also shares several of his ski-flying tips and tricks to help keep your winter flying fun and safe. Contact: www.skiflying101.com.

New Headset

The new Beyerdynamic HS 800 Digital headset uses DANR (Digital Adaptive Noise Reduction) to combine the advantages of feedback and feed-forward ANR, which allows for adaptability to high-precision frequency peaks. Cushions are upholstered in soft leather, and the ear padding is viscoelastic, which distributes pressure evenly. Three versions are available: the version with the two standard jack plugs; the HS 800 Digital Rotor with spiral cable and U-174/U jack plug for helicopters; and the HS 800 Digital 6pin that has a six-pin Lemo connector and provides the electrical system voltage to get along without batteries. Contact: www.beyerdynamic.com.

YokePad

Looking for a way to mount your iPad within the cockpit? Compatible with both the iPad and the iPad 2, the iPad YokePad is manufactured out of aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum. Multiple adjustment points allow for it to work with a wide variety of aircraft. Contact: www.pilotmall.com.

The Complete Private Pilot

Bob Gardner's The Complete Private Pilot, now in its new 11th Edition, provides tips and techniques, checklists and mnemonic devices, as well as advice from the author's personal experience, helping readers not only prepare for the FAA Knowledge Exam, but also for the cockpit. Written in a conversational yet concise style, the textbook allows students to quickly grasp the subjects presented, pass the required tests and checkrides, and have an operational understanding of flight they can take to the real world as a newly minted pilot. Contact: www.asa2fly.com.





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