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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.

Aircraft Spruce: Pick up your orders at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 01, 2013

Aircraft Spruce customers going to EAA AirVenture can order merchandise online and pick it up at the show.

President’s Position: Regulatory delays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

During most AOPA Town Hall gatherings, I remind participating members that AOPA's founders created our organization in 1939 largely because they feared that a government about to enter a world war just might regulate general aviation out of existence. Nearly 75 years later, our mission is grounded in similar concerns--raised not by the prospect of war but by the growing power of regulatory agencies, many of which operate with increasing autonomy and minimal oversight.

IFR Fix: On course for MAARS

Article | Jun 19, 2013

Whether it's a 1980s gyro instrument or a NextGen navigation system, it's only as good as its operator.

Celebrating a satellite milestone

Article | Jun 06, 2013

In 10 years, the FAA has created more than 3,000 approaches utilizing Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) GPS technology, expanding access to small airports.

Nebraska airport zoning bill boosts safety margin

Article | Jun 03, 2013

A Nebraska bill would keep instrument approach paths free from new obstacles by expanding airport approach zones and revising outdated language in the state’s Airport Zoning Act.

Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Perception is not reality

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Too many times we are told that "perception is reality." Perhaps it's true in politics or public relations--but in aviation, reality beats perception every time.

Mentor Matters: Expanded circling protection in effect

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

For years, circling approaches in the United States have been more difficult to execute while providing less safety margin, relative to those in most of the rest of the world. After years of deliberation, the FAA is finally bringing some needed changes to the protection afforded to circling aircraft.

Efficiency: The next big thing

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

With such rapid advances in technology, big things in avionics seem to come faster and faster.

GPS may be unreliable over NM

Article | May 28, 2013

GPS may be unreliable over NM (PDF)

FreeFlight lands $7 million FAA contract for ADS-B equipment

Article | May 06, 2013

FreeFlight Systems of Texas has landed a $7 million deal with the FAA to equip up to 600 Alaskan aircraft with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) equipment, a reward for those who tested the system now at the heart of NextGen.

Senators to FCC: Drop 121.5 MHz ELT ban proposal

Article | May 03, 2013

General aviation aircraft owners would spend an aggregate $500 million on dated technology under a revived Federal Communications Commission proposal to eliminate emergency locator transmitters that operate on 121.5 MHz, said five U.S. senators.

Five more random apps

Article | May 01, 2013

AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson last did a review of five random apps in November 2012. This week, she decided to use the randomizer again and pick another five apps across all categories and recommended by AOPA members.

Frugal Flier: A tablet dilemma

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Charlie Becker, AOPA’s director of corporate partnerships and products—and a VFR pilot—was facing a dilemma: He had an iPad 2, but he wasn’t really using it for aviation. Plus, prices were dropping on Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Apple finally released the iPad mini.

Proficient Pilot: Time to be true?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

When I used to fly TWA’s polar routes in Boeing 707s between the U.S. West Coast and northern Europe, we often passed close to the magnetic north pole.

The G950 Meridian

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Photography by Mike Fizer No doubt about it, Piper’s Meridian has found its niche in the step-up market. Ever since the preliminary design phase in 1997, the company’s goal was to provide an easy-to-fly machine that would make for simple transitions for owner pilots coming from piston singles.

Avionics: When all else fails

Article | Apr 28, 2013

This iPad screen shot shows Xavion’s desired flight path to the nearest runway. The airplane is flying at 99 KIAS, descending 1,200 fpm, and slightly low.Those of us who fly single-engine, single-pilot IFR may not like to dwell on these scenarios, but what are our odds of gliding to a safe landing at an airport if we lose the engine in instrument meteorological conditions? And how well prepared are we to deal with a total electrical failure in the clouds, or at night? Xavion is an iPad app that provides answers to the questions pilots constantly ask themselves in flight: What would I do right now if the engine quit? Or if the instrument panel suddenly went dark? Designed by Austin Meyer, founder of the wildly successful X-Plane flight simulation software, Xavion uses the iPad’s internal sensors (or a Levil Technologies attitude heading reference system) to show pilots how to glide to a runway if the engine quits.

Exciting new features now available for FlyQ EFB

Article | Apr 25, 2013

An update to FlyQ EFB, AOPA's electronic flight bag app for the iPad, adds the most requested feature: ADS-B in-flight weather.

Policy change expands IFR alternate-airport choices

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Pilots on IFR flight plans will be able to plan for a GPS-based instrument approach at either the destination or the alternate—but not both—under a policy change that drops the prohibition on choosing an alternate based on a GPS approach. AOPA has long advocated for measures to expand IFR navigation options for general aviation, and welcomed the announcement as timely when satellite-based procedures now outnumber by 30 percent those using ground-based navaids.

Flight Guide iEFB updated with ADS-B capability

Article | Apr 02, 2013

Photo courtesy Airguide Publications Inc. Airguide Publications has updated the Flight Guide iEFB to display weather on the iPad in flight, with additional functionality planned for future releases.

Dogfight: Flight bags

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

Dogfight: Flight bags Tough, simple, proven By Dave Hirschman The modern flight bag is an over-thought, over-stuffed, and over-priced parody of itself. Trying to use one is like entering a house of mirrors: a semi-comedic and confusing exercise in frustration in which the simple items we look for in flight—batteries, a pack of gum, a note pad—are sure to be hidden in some obscure pocket within a pocket.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2013

A single-engine aircraft is parked in front of a hangar at Lakeland Municipal Airport in Lakeland, Florida, circa 1937. Lakeland Municipal Airport opened on Lakeland Hills Boulevard in 1935.