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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.

Diamond to offer auto landing in 2016

Article | Dec 19, 2012

First, pilots wanted some way to make navigation easier, and got the GPS moving map system that requires them only to keep an aircraft icon on a little pink line. After that pilots wanted a way to fly an approach automatically, and soon the glass cockpit systems were doing that. An automatic landing was next on the list, until now. Diamond Aircraft CEO Christian Dries says he will offer that as an option in three years.