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Article: Adventure Pilot iFly 720

In October 2012, I updated you here on the latest enhancements for the revolutionary, portable, affordable ($750), iFly 720 moving-map GPS. ...

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Article: Lightspeed FlightLink For Zulu.2

Connect a headset to your iPad?

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Article: Dynon D1 Pocket Panel

Twenty-first-century private pilots benefit enormously from technologies like GPS, WAAS and iPads.

Article: Garmin’s GDL-39 ADS-B Receiver

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....

Article: iFly 720

Two years ago, I came across a new avionics company: Adventure Pilot.

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Article: Flight Bag For All Needs

I must own seven or eight different flight bags.

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Article: Sennheiser S1 Passive

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.

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Article: Cockpit Cameras

As pilots, we always want to tell everyone about our latest flying endeavors, whether it's a cross-country adventure or our best-ever landing. ...

Article: iFlightPlanner For iPad By Sennheiser

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.

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Article: ADS-B Weather In The Cockpit

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.

Article: AvMap EKP-V

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. ...

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Article: Flight Guide iEFB For iPad Version 4.1

For no less than 50 years, pilots have relied on the Flight Guide Airport and Frequency Manual for airport information while flying cross-country. ...

Article: Headsets On Parade

It's ironic that even in a multimillion-dollar aircraft, the ultimate cockpit situational awareness comes through a pair of headsets that can be anything from an $80 pair of eBay budget buys to $1,100 ANR big-namers.

Article: Control Vision Anywhere Map Septa

I've been following Control Vision's Anywhere Map line of products for many years now, and the Septa addresses most of the issues with previous models. ...

Article: Field Of Electric Dreams

Orange plastic barrier fences and blue tent tops shiver in the light breeze.

Article: Telex Ascend

Among turbine pilots, Telex makes some of the most popular headsets in the world.

Article: Rugged Radios RA950

One market segment generally ignored in aviation-headset makers is the rough-and-tumble world of flight schools and industrial operations.

Article: Aspen Has Connections

It’s becoming an interactive world. Like many of you, I own an airplane that’s a legitimate antique but that will probably outlive me.

Article: Oshkosh 2011

Economies rise and fall like ocean waves. Headlines blare about this debt crisis and that stock market selloff, and through it all we keep on keeping on: That’s what humans do.

Article: Masters Of Glass: LSA Avionics Roundup

The economy hasn't dampened the resolve or enthusiasm of the avionics industry, which continues its feverish develop-ment of ever-more-spectacular instrumentation to help us fly with greater awareness, safety and simplicity.

Article: ForeFlight Mobile Version 4.0

In the brief time since its introduction, the iPad has become a runaway hit among pilots.

Article: The Next Step In Glass Panels

Pilots who attended the 2011 Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., were introduced to the newest generation of Garmin avionics installed in the Cessna Corvalis 400TTX. ...

Article: Headsets: The Critical Component

On a recent cross-country on a busy day in the skies above California, I got a firsthand look into the importance of a good headset, and how a headset that’s good in one airplane might be completely wrong in another.

Article: Aviation Handhelds

Not long ago, handheld devices for in-cockpit use broke down into neat categories: GPS moving-map units kept pilots from getting lost.

Article: Jeppesen VFR+GPS Charts

Since 1930, the standard paper navigation chart for VFR pilots has been the venerable sectional, originally produced by the Coast and Geodetic Survey, whose aviation department has since become the FAA’s National Aeronautical Chart Office (NACO). NACO...

Article: SolidFX FX10

For 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.

Article: Spot Satellite GPS Messenger

On long cross-country flights, I always bring my Spot Personal Tracker along. On long cross-country flights,...

Article: AV8OR Ace

We’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...

Article: FlightPrep ChartBook

Over the years, we’ve reviewed quite a few electronic flight bags (EFBs) and other devices that have claimed to eliminate paper from the cockpit.

Article: PilotPlates & Reader Plates

Ten 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...