Pilots and the aviation community are recognizing the safety benefits of Angle Of Attack (AOA) indicators, which provide a visual display of the AOA, or the angle between the chord of the airfoil and the relative wind.
A local pilot who reads these columns recently called me for advice.
It's no secret that iPads—and tablet computers in general—have revolutionized aviation in much the same way that GPS navigation has. ...
It's actually easier to answer the second part of that question than the first.
The answer has a lot to do with the way the avionics industry has developed in the last century.
That's just one symptom of a larger problem—modern avionics simply can't be expected to last as long as old radio stacks.
David Shaw is a bit of a perfectionist. His hangar has a wide collection of tools and parts, and all are neatly arranged.
As we ease into 2015, we're less than five years away from the 2020 mandate that will require all aircraft operating in class A, B or C airspace (and Class E airspace at and above 10,000 ft. MSL) in the contiguous U.S. to be equipped with a certified...
What good is ADS-B Out, and why is the FAA adding a requirement for it?
I've been covering the development of ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast) technology for quite a while, and my advice to readers has been the same as what I was planning.
The DeLorme inReach SE isn't designed to be used in an airplane, but it can provide text messaging and tracking.
For more than a year now, we've been seeing portable devices that receive ADS-B weather, and in some cases traffic, but none provide the ADS-B out functionality required by the FAA for operation in controlled airspace beginning in the year 2020....
When German manufacturer Sennheiser created their Digital Adaptive S1 headset a few years ago, they had a hit on their hands.
The iLevil SW from Levil Technology Corp.
I knew this headset was different the minute I took it out of the box.
After speaking with people in a position to know how the system works, now I can confirm that ADS-B won't make U.S. airspace less secure—far from it. ...
With deployment of ground stations for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), part of the FAA's Next Generation air traffic control system well underway. ...
The name "Bendix/King" conjures up a long legacy in aviation.
On a vast mesa west of Albuquerque, N.M., where the signs of civilization begin to dim, the terrain looks not unlike the surface of Mars.
Connect a headset to your iPad?
Twenty-first-century private pilots benefit enormously from technologies like GPS, WAAS and iPads.
One of the truly outstanding benefits of shows such as Sun 'n Fun in Lakeland, Fla., and AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., is that pilots have the opportunity to examine and often get some hands-on experience with many of the latest technologies in avionics....
Two years ago, I came across a new avionics company: Adventure Pilot.
I must own seven or eight different flight bags.
I love passive headsets. Before our readers start scratching their heads wondering if I know about all the benefits of ANR (active noise reduction), I will assure you that I do.
For some time now, iFlightPlanner.com has offered a web-based service combining flight-planning and logging features with a mobile version that's supported on many smartphones.
Smarter, faster and ever smaller, handheld devices for aviation are undergoing a revolution that surpasses anything we've seen before.
More than 15 years ago, I found a public-domain app for the late, lamented Palm VII (one of the first pocket-sized wireless digital gizmos) that would let me call up NEXRAD weather radar graphics.
When we looked at AvMap's EKP-IV back in 2004, we described it as "the Rolls Royce of portable GPS units," with better features than the competition at a higher price. ...
For no less than 50 years, pilots have relied on the Flight Guide Airport and Frequency Manual for airport information while flying cross-country. ...