Plane & Pilot
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Oshkosh 2012: Airborne Excitement

Aviation’s Mecca thrills again with a Cub homage, 200 mph electric flight and super-new goodies

Lightspeed FlightLink
Lightspeed FlightLink App
Leading headset maker Lightspeed Aviation's new app, FlightLink, turns Apple iPads and iPhones into cockpit voice recorders when connected to the Zulu.2 noise-cancelling headset. All intercom communications—both incoming and outgoing—are available for instant playback and permanent archiving.

FlightLink lets pilots instantly play back up to two minutes of ATC transmissions: a great way to make sure you heard those rapid-fire instructions accurately. Also, the entire flight can be recorded and saved for future use.

Pilots will find FlightLink useful for recalling clearances or playing back later for debriefing and after training flights. There's also a scratchpad (iPad edition) for notes and
diagrams...drawn with your fingertip!

The app works with the newest edition of the Zulu.2 headset. Older Zulu.2 headset versions can be retrofitted for a one-time upgrade fee of $69. The app itself is free. Contact:

Garmin GDL 39 And GDL 88
Garmin GDL 39 And GDL 88
Garmin's new, lower-cost GDL39 portable ADS-B "in" antenna/receiver ($799) and GDL 88 ADS-B panel-mounted dual-link device ($3,995) bring the full basket of ADS-B Broadcast Services, including free weather and traffic alert, to general-aviation pilots.

Now you can choose between subscription-based aviation weather services or the free, government-provided, satellite-based ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast). The ADS-B system also provides traffic alerts and is due for completion by the end of 2013/early 2014. Much of the U.S. urban airspace is already up and working. All GA aircraft in the national airspace are mandated to carry ADS-B "out"-compliant devices onboard by Jan. 1, 2020. Pilots will then have unprecedented cockpit awareness of conflicting traffic at all times.

For those with Garmin 696, 796 and Aera 500 series portable GPS systems, Garmin's G3X or an Apple iPad and other iOS or Android-based devices, all they need is the GDL 39 antenna/receiver. It interfaces through wireless Bluetooth or standard cable connection.

ADS-B weather depiction is similar to that of older Garmin devices in that it has somewhat less detail than subscription-based weather. Yet ADS-B certainly brings enough situational awareness to keep pilots out of trouble from potential weather and traffic dangers.

Bewildered by the complexity of the new traffic system? You're not alone: Check out Garmin's online ADS-B Academy by visiting


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