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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...

Article: The LSA Glass Menagerie

Once upon a time, intrepid pilots rapped with their oil-stained, gloved knuckles on balky steam gauges; needles quivered unstuck, and all was right across the skies. ...

Article: Best Handheld Products!

Like many pilots, I carry a little insurance against the possibility of an alternator failure. I have a portable GPS on my Skylane’s yoke, a handheld VHF NAV/COM in a seat-back pocket and a cell phone where I can reach it.

Article: Emergency Locator Transmitters

Like most of you, I've been flying with one or another ELT for years, hoping I'd never have a reason to use one. In truth, I took them for granted, assuming the technology would save my life if it ever became necessary.

Article: Buyer's Guide: Gotta-Have-It Cockpit Gear

Believe it or not, there are still lots of pilots out there who are flying without a GPS. There are many portables, such as the Airmap 500, Garmin 196 and 295 and the Skymap IIIC, that will not only make flight navigation easier, but also help you find...

Article: Mastering The Panel-Mounted GPS Part 1: VFR Use

Learning to use even one ...

Article: Mastering The Panel-Mounted GPS Part 2

Article: 10+ Most Useful Cockpit Gadgets

Almost every pilot searches for the right tools to make any flight a safe and enjoyable one. Whether...