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Five more instrument simulator apps

Article | Nov 15, 2013

Five instrument simulator apps cover everything from improving radio nav skills to showing an altimeter.

Easier-to-use GTN 650 and 750 manuals available

Article | Nov 14, 2013

Frustration-free manuals are now available for the Garmin GTN 650 and 750 panel-mount units.

Room enough for all

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

When we start flying, many of us dream of the day when we can load up the entire family—including the dog, all the luggage we desire, and plenty of fuel for a memorable cross-country trip.

Iron Maiden rocker sings Eclipse praises

Article | Oct 23, 2013

Bruce Dickinson’s new maiden is not iron, it is aluminum. The lead singer for the legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden is a new proponent for the Eclipse 550, an all-aluminum light twinjet.

Developers present five aviation apps

Apps of the week | Oct 14, 2013

Five aviation developers pitch their apps covering aircraft performance, weather, flight training, radio navigation, and video training.

PS Engineering offers free flight trial for PMA8000

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Aircraft owners who have Garmin GMA340 audio panels can test drive PS Engineering’s PMA8000 plug-and-play replacement panel for free to see if they want to switch.

Avionics: David comfort

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

It is not a stretch to say you can forget you are wearing it. That, said David Clark Co. Executive Vice President Richard M. Urella, is both the “highest compliment” received from testers, and the point.

Avidyne IFD540, 440 near certification

Article | Aug 02, 2013

Avidyne Corp. has completed the design phase of its IFD540 and IFD440 GPS navigators and expects to submit the 540 for certification by the end of 2013.

Garmin’s new non-TSO radio

Article | Jul 25, 2013

Garmin’s new GTR 200 radio gives Experimental and light sport aircraft better, cheaper options than FAA-certified equipment.

PS Engineering announces new audio options

Article | Jul 24, 2013

PS Engineering has certified an audio panel with integrated com radio, and is also offering a space-saving solution for homebuilt panels.

New pilot credits AOPA, gastric bypass for passing checkride

Article | Jul 17, 2013

Michael Prevost’s decision to get gastric bypass surgery eventually led to him passing his private pilot checkride.

Debonair Sweepstakes: One Pumped-Up Panel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

I think AOPA's sweepstakes Debonair must surely take the prize for the most advanced panel in a 50-year-old general aviation airplane--anywhere in the world. Although space doesn't permit a full description of all its functionality, it's worth reviewing the hardware in the Debonair's office.

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.

New Dynon ‘SkyView’ products

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Dynon Avionics has begun shipping a new series of products related to its highly integrated SkyView glass panels.

IFR Fix: A distraction you can count on

Article | May 31, 2013

How many times will you be distracted on your next instrument flight?

President's Position: Paranoia?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

During the past few weeks, I have found myself thinking more than once of the adage: “You’re not paranoid if people really are out to get you.” For months, the administration in Washington, D.C., said sequestration simply would not happen. But, then it did.

Never Again: A slap in the face

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Never Again Listen to this month's "Never Again" story: A slap in the face. Download the mp3 file or download the iTunes podcast.

IFR Fix: Maximum magenta

Article | Apr 19, 2013

The altitude was one of only two numbers spoken in the radio call from the center controller, but not one the pilot would want to miss if reception were poor in the low altitudes after departure: “Leaving 3,000 feet,” the controller said, “Turn left to heading 270; when able proceed direct Augusta.” If you haven’t heard an ATC call like that one, eventually you will, because those are the type of instructions a flight receives from an air route traffic control center on initial call-up after departure from an airport not served by either radar approach/departure control or a control tower. (This airport’s tower is scheduled to close.) The “altitude leaving” part is there because a controller can’t give you an IFR clearance until you are above the sector’s minimum vectoring altitude (unless you can climb in VFR conditions).

Sun ’n Fun news briefs

Article | Apr 11, 2013

Sun n Fun news briefs Mayor proclaims WASP commemoration day Lakeland, Fla., Mayor Gow Fields proclaimed April 11 Women in Air Service 70th Anniversary Commemoration Day.

Say What? Refresh Your Communications Skills Flying at Uncontrolled Fields

Article | Apr 01, 2013

Now that sequestration cuts are a reality, pilots who operate at airports where control towers are closing will experience those cuts first-hand.