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Plan flights with these five apps

Apps of the week | Jul 21, 2014

Plan flights before taking off with these five apps.

Members offer up five favorite apps

Apps of the week | Jul 07, 2014

Apps that help with flight planning, track flights, and calculate weight and balance are among the favorites submitted by AOPA members.

Garmin G3X Touch takes on the Mountain West

Article | Jul 01, 2014

The Mountain West and a Carbon Cub test the new Garmin G3X Touch avionics system.

Technology: Who's seeing whom?

Pilot Magazine | Jun 05, 2014

“There’s no traffic displaying ahead of me on the iPad—nothing at all—and all of a sudden, there’s an airplane right in front of me.”

IFR procedure changes coming to Houston area

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

Changes to the Houston metroplex are coming on May 29 that will affect general aviation pilots.

P&E Avionics: Synthetic Vision for tablets

Pilot Magazine | May 14, 2014

Garmin didn’t invent GPS-derived synthetic vision, but adding it to the G1000 avionics suite legitimized and popularized the technology.

Waypoints: Traffic dead ahead?

Pilot Magazine | May 12, 2014

The callout jolted me from a zone of concentration while intercepting a radial off of the Westminster, Maryland, VOR. “Traffic. 12 o’clock. Same altitude. One mile,” came the loud voice in the headset.

IFR Fix: A full-scale deflection

IFR Fix | Apr 01, 2014

When the CDI became fully deflected, time was up for troubleshooting a glitchy GPS.

FreeFlight ADS-B installation list grows

Article | Mar 18, 2014

FreeFlight Systems announced several ADS-B installations and approvals during the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, held in Nashville March 12 through 15.

Waypoints: Before the magenta line

Pilot Magazine | Mar 06, 2014

An important anniversary passed in mid-February without fanfare.

Never Again: Missed signals

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

I’ve spent all of my life around the family automotive business, and I’ve come to appreciate an adage passed down to me by my father.

Topics GPS, Avionics

Efficiency: Taking it around

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

What’s the maneuver most fraught with indecision?

Garmin marks GPS anniversary

Article | Feb 13, 2014

Garmin is celebrating 20 years of instrument approaches with the GPS 155.

AOPA opposes recommendation to phase out 121.5 MHz ELTs

Advocacy | Feb 13, 2014

Rather than being forced to junk working emergency locator transmitters, pilots should be free to choose the best technology for their missions, AOPA is telling the Federal Communications Commission.

Drop-in ADS-B Out

Article | Feb 07, 2014

Avidyne’s new ADS-B transponder is ready for certificated aircraft in the U.S. and Europe.

Is there an app for that? Probably

Apps of the week | Jan 30, 2014

Logbooks, fuel calculations, artificial glideslopes for short-field approaches—there's an app for that.

Stakeholder panel urged for RNAV route development

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2014

AOPA is urging the FAA to improve its development of RNAV terminal routes (T-routes) as ground-based navaids are decommissioned.

New Garmin unit offers ADS-B, GPS, attitude

Article | Jan 22, 2014

Garmin has introduced a new portable ADS-B and GPS receiver that displays aircraft attitude information alongside mapping, traffic, and weather.

Mentor Matters: Missing glideslope in San Juan

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

With the release of its WAAS-equipped flight decks and stand-alone navigation units, Garmin introduced advisory vertical navigation capability for nearly all RNAV approaches, not just those that have published WAAS minimums.

Never Again: Unwelcome guests

Pilot Magazine | Nov 21, 2013

Flight missions require pilots to be up to speed for the type of flight that may be required.

Boeing 747 Dreamlifter mistakenly lands at Jabara Airport

Article | Nov 21, 2013

The pilots of an Atlas Air Boeing 747 Dreamlifter en route from John F. Kennedy International Airport to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., mistakenly landed 8 nautical miles away at Colonel James Jabara Airport Nov. 20.

IFR Fix: 'Random impromptu routings'

IFR Fix | Nov 01, 2013

Which word in the instrument pilot's vocabulary is so prized that it commands its own button on navigation units?

Dynon introduces second 'Pocket Panel' product

Article | Oct 08, 2013

Light sport and experimental avionics maker Dynon has introduced the second product in its Pocket Panel line.

Garmin introduces unique GPS watch

Article | Oct 08, 2013

Garmin's D2 watch begins a new era in aviation: the wearable GPS.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

True or False? The bar-tailed godwit, a shorebird, migrates from its breeding grounds in Alaska to its winter grounds in New Zealand by flying nonstop and diagonally across the Pacific Ocean, a distance of more than 7,000 miles.

Mentor Matters: Glass cockpits and ILS ‘auto-switching’

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

The integrated avionics suites installed in production light jets are true marvels of automation and workload reduction.

Question of the week: Precision instrument approach

Article | Sep 30, 2013

Question: During an instrument rating practical test, the applicant must demonstrate at least one precision instrument approach. Can any WAAS GPS approaches be used to meet the precision approach requirement?

IFR Fix: 'Go ahead and land'

IFR Fix | Sep 27, 2013

You have a mere 2,944 feet to work with down there, and here you are, coming over the displaced threshold at 90 knots.

Jeppesen: An elegantly designed VFR app

Article | Sep 20, 2013

Jeppesen's Mobile FliteDeck VFR takes a refreshing and seemingly unique stance in the superheated app arms race.

AOPA members share must-have apps

Apps of the week | Sep 13, 2013

Look up aircraft tail numbers, turn on your aircraft's preheater remotely, check METARs and TAFs in their raw or easy-to-read format, and zip through eAPIS with these apps.

New FlyQ EFB features increased safety, ease of use

Article | Sep 11, 2013

Terrain and obstacle avoidance warnings and a simple one-tap preflight data check are among the updates in AOPA's FlyQ EFB 1.2.

IFR Fix: Radar contact lost

IFR Fix | Sep 06, 2013

What’s an unusual feature of an instrument approach procedure in your aviation neighborhood—a quirk that makes you glad you can practice it at will?

Ownership: ADS-B moves forward

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-broadcast is a datalink technology that uses satellite-based navigation and positioning information to transmit aircraft location and altitude to air traffic controllers and other nearby aircraft.

Waypoints: Probability of success

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

“Decision height,” I said out loud, as the altimeter pointer passed through 700 feet msl and just as the voice in the right seat shouted, “Go around!”

Letters: The Unlikeliest Astronaut

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Our June issue highlighted two aviation legends with a profile on test pilot Mike Melvill and reflections of columnist Barry Schiff, who celebrated 50 years with AOPA Pilot.

Foundation Focus: Donating your aircraft

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

There may come a day when your trusty airplane, the one that took you on so many memory-making journeys, just isn’t such a big part of your life anymore. Once upon a time, you both spent hours together—visiting new places, making new friends, visiting old ones, and seeing the world from new heights. But now, for one reason or another, you simply aren’t putting her to good use, and so there she sits gathering dust in the hangar. Not only is this a nonproductive asset, it’s deteriorating! Aircraft, like people, like to be engaged. So, what to do?

Avionics: ADS-B strategies emerge

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

Not long after the FAA took a giant step toward Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) implementation in late May 2010, when it issued a final rule requiring many aircraft to equip with ADS-B Out capability by 2020, we said the smart move was to do nothing right away (“Next Step Toward NextGen,” August 2010 AOPA Pilot).

Never Again: Tumble in the desert

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2013

My private pilot training took place nearly 36 years ago in a Cessna 150 at Ryan Field near Tucson, Arizona. No one can exaggerate the benefits of training as a student pilot in the Arizona desert’s persistent severe-clear conditions. However, even the perfect training environment could not prevent a nearly disastrous event that occurred during one of my solo cross-country flights.

Secondary screen makes iPad readable in cockpit

Article | Aug 01, 2013

MyGoFlight’s new display makes reading an iPad easier in direct sunlight.

Jeppesen introduces app for VFR pilots

Article | Aug 01, 2013

A new iPad application from Jeppesen is designed for VFR pilots.

IFR Fix: Full steam ahead?

Article | Jul 23, 2013

How should an instrument trainee choose between a "steam gauge" aircraft and a glass cockpit?

Mentor Matters: Runway analysis

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

In a previous article, I discussed the fallacy that jet aircraft may not legally depart IFR unless able to maintain any specified departure procedure (DP) climb gradient following the loss of an engine. While many pilots widely believe this true, the AIM is clear in stating that DPs assume normal aircraft performance with all engines operating.

Dogfight: The E6B computer

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

This month, we welcome esteemed aviation writer Barry Schiff into the ring. He and Senior Editor Dave Hirschman debate the merits of one of aviation's finest inventions--the E6B computer.

Avionics: Who are you talking to?

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

There's a momentary doubt each time we check in on a new frequency: Did I hear it right? Did I dial it in correctly? Was I given the proper frequency? Garmin's new radios, the GNC 255A nav/com and the GTR 225 com, take away any uncertainty.