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Avidyne/Aspen combo approved in Cirrus SR20, SR22

Article | Jun 28, 2013

Avidyne’s DFC90 autopilot can now be paired with Aspen’s EFD1000 PFDs for older Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft, Avidyne officials said.

The people behind the voices in your cockpit

Article | Jun 05, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered whether those voices coming from the panel are real people, the answer, in some cases, is, “yes.”

Avidyne secures STC for DFC90 Bonanza installations

Article | May 14, 2013

A long-awaited supplemental type certificate is now available for Beechcraft Bonanza owners who wish to install Avidyne's DFC90 autopilot in conjunction with Aspen avionics.

ATP to purchase up to 100 Piper Archers

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Piper Aircraft Inc. and Airline Transport Professionals on April 10 reached a three-year agreement under which ATP, which said it is America’s largest flight school specializing in airline pilot training and pilot career development, could purchase up to 100 Piper training aircraft.

Pilot Mall produces new panel for armchair aviation

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Pilot Mall President Neil Glazer plans to certify the Flight Training Cockpit—Advanced Panel as a basic aviation training device. Pilot Mall on April 9 rolled out its entry into the aviation training and flight simulation market: a simulator instrument panel that can be customized with a variety of Saitek computer-driven instruments and controls for in-home realism.

Garmin’s “Team X” creates new experimental/LSA avionics

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Garmin GMC 305 A small team of Garmin engineers working apart from the rest of the avionics staff is about to release its first products—seven in all—aimed at the experimental and light sport markets. “These new products are designed by our dedicated experimental engineering team, many of whom are pilots and homebuilders,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

Exclusive first look: Seneca goes G1000

Article | Feb 20, 2013

Upgrading the venerable Piper Seneca V to a Garmin G1000 panel is a move to take market share from the only other piston twin in regular production, the Beechcraft Baron.

Seeking simplicity

Article | Jan 10, 2013

A California software engineer and pilot hopes to broaden the appeal of general aviation by making avionics “smarter,” simpler, and easy to understand and use.

Apps of the week: Charts and maps

Article | Jan 10, 2013

This week AOPA takes a look at five charts and maps apps recommended by AOPA members, including SkyChartsPro, AeroFlare, Aeronautical Charts, ZephyrCharts, and Anywhere Map.

Pilots submit favorite apps

Article | Jan 03, 2013

This week AOPA highlights member-submitted apps that can be used for flight planning, navigation, and glideslope indications.