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FAA: No new flight plan requirements for GA ops

Article | Nov 19, 2012

Any operator who used FAA domestic flight plans prior to Nov. 15 should still be able to do so, according to an FAA official, who cleared up confusion that surrounded a Nov. 15 update to the International Civil Aviation Organization flight plan format.

IFR Fix: Circle game

IFR Fix | Nov 16, 2012

What's the most important altitude depicted on an instrument approach plate?

Improve your FlyQ

Article | Nov 09, 2012

With moving maps, approach plates, and many other unique and useful features, AOPA's just-released FlyQ EFB is a must-try for aviation tablet users.

iPad 101: 5 tips for the novice

Article | Oct 16, 2012

Thinking of buying an iPad, or turning yours into a flying tool? Check out these five tips from Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman.

Resources at risk

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2012

Flight, film, and education inspire conservation action

IFR Fix: The Z-Y-X of IAPs

Article | Sep 28, 2012

If straight-in instrument approach procedures have a runway number in their title, and circling approaches get letters, why do some IAPs have both? It all flows from the FAA's IAP naming convention, a nuanced system for naming IAPs as descriptively as possible.

Hone your IFR skills

Article | Sep 19, 2012

Flying IFR is a dynamic undertaking - and not just because of the weather. Find out how to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

IFR Fix: Navigating a legacy

Article | Sep 17, 2012

For many of today's pilots who entered the instrument environment training in aircraft equipped with two nav/coms, marker beacons, and maybe an ADF, the satellite-based future air traffic system - NextGen - remains an elusive idea, notwithstanding its overall 2020 target date.

General aviation testimony offers NextGen priorities

Advocacy | Sep 12, 2012

General aviation is benefiting from changes to switch to NextGen - think with WAAS instrument approaches and T-routes - but the FAA needs to lay out a clear case for equipping aircraft with affordable systems to offer new benefits.

FAA responds to users on future navigation system

Advocacy | Sep 06, 2012

As the FAA begins to detail plans to take the National Airspace System from ground-based navigation systems to satellite technology, the agency has committed to creating an advisory group urged by AOPA and others to help set key guidelines for the transition.

NASA mission could help protect GPS

Article | Sep 05, 2012

NASA has launched a two-year effort to learn how better to predict the behavior of the Van Allen radiation belts that circle Earth, behavior that can at times threaten GPS and other satellite communications. Two satellites are orbiting through the belts of highly charged particles that protect the planet from solar storms and "space weather."

Avionics: Time to join the fray

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2012

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Cygnus connects iPad, sims

Article | Jul 27, 2012

With technology comes complexity. Redbird and King Schools have worked together to try to take the complexity out of iPad apps by developing a device that allows for training on the ground.

Avidyne discusses GNS430 replacement

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Avidyne Corp. provided additional information about its IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM at EAA AirVenture on July 23. Designed as a plug-and-play replacement for Garmin GNS430-series navigators, Avidyne said the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers who want to add a touch-screen display or who are upgrading avionics to obtain Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/LPV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

Dynon offers 'Pocket Panel' for GA pilots

Article | Jul 23, 2012

Until now Dynon marketing director Robert Hamilton classified pilots in two categories: pilots who thought his avionics were too inexpensive, and those who thought they were too expensive. The ones who thought they weren't expensive enough were pilots of Part 23 certificated airplanes. Now, he has a battery powered attitude indicator with internal GPS called the Dynon D1 Pocket Panel that can be used by both categories of pilots.

FAA updating flight inspection fleet for a NextGen world

Article | Jul 19, 2012

Across the country, and at military bases worldwide, FAA Flight Inspection Services crews come calling every time a new navaid or instrument procedure comes online. With NextGen, there are new capabilities and challenges for a team of more than 500 pilots, mechanics, technicians, and dispatchers who run a $60 million operation.

Fly like a fighter: INS inop

Fly like a fighter | Jul 18, 2012

When the inertial navigation system of his F-15 told him he was 40 miles north of his actual location, an Air Force pilot had to revert to the old standby of navigation: He had to look out the window.

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Article | Jul 16, 2012

At last, the long-touted benefits of the ADS-B system are beginning to arrive in general aviation cockpits--and Garmin's new GDL 39 receiver is the first to make us reconsider our earlier advice that pilots should wait until closer to the FAA's 2020 deadline to buy new equipment.

Garmin's GLO: From Russia with Longitude (and Latitude)

Article | Jul 10, 2012

A wireless GPS about to hit the market promises to feed tablet computers with fast, accurate position data drawing on two separate constellations of satellites. The Garmin GLO will update its position 10 times per second, drawing signal from both American and Russian satellites and connecting to iPad and Android devices via Bluetooth.