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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?

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.

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.

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.

Garmin introduces new traffic alert systems

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Garmin’s new radios, the GTR transceiver and GNC NAV/COMM series, feature text displays identifying the tuned frequency. Garmin announced a pair of new active traffic alert systems, and what amounts to an upgrade of an existing system priced at the entry level on March 26 at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas.

Aspen’s new ADS-B solutions

Article | Mar 26, 2013

Aspen Avionics announced a series of new ADS-B products that bring subscription-free weather and traffic to the company’s flagship Evolution PFDs and MFDs. “The architecture behind ADS-B is complicated,” said Brad Hayden, vice president for marketing at the firm based in Albuquerque, N.M.

Datalink Roundup

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Datalink Roundup Weather to Go What's it like in there? --> BY AOPA PILOT STAFF WRITERS (From AOPA Pilot, March 2004.) You're headed from Jackson, Mississippi, to Brownsville, Texas, and here's how your day is going: Alarm didn't go off; running late; spilled coffee driving to the airport while on the cell phone getting a briefing from flight service (yeah, you shouldn't drink, drive, and talk on the phone all at once, but these are life's pressures; at least there's no shaving or makeup involved). Thank goodness the weather's supposed to be good, right? Now, en route, you're feeling like maybe you drank too much of that coffee; it's bumpy, there's a big, fat headwind, and what's this? ATC talking at 20 knots gusting to 30: "Attention all aircraft: Convective Sigmet 11C valid until 2055 Zulu, an area from 50 west-southwest of Lufkin to 120 south-southwest Lake Charles to 100 southeast of Palacios to...." Wait a minute, where's Palacios? What's next? Did he say Brownsville? Was that embedded thunderstorms with tops to Flight Level 450? Oh man, you missed half of it.

Five instrument simulator apps

Article | Mar 25, 2013

When I first started my flying lessons, my first instructor encouraged me to download and play with Microsoft Flight Simulator to help me grasp some of the concepts of flight. Growth in smartphone and tablet use has matched an explosion of instrument simulation apps.

IFR Fix: Detonating, and ditching

IFR Fix | Jan 18, 2013

You have hardly raised the landing gear when you are on instruments, en route to the first fix. Then, is that engine roughness?

Listen up: Garmin releases new nav/com radios

Article | Jan 14, 2013

Garmin is replacing its popular SL40 and SL30 radios with more powerful models, the GTR and GNC, that add features and comply with coming European regulations that require 8.33 kHz frequency spacing.