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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.

Editor's pick: Top 10 apps for 2012

Article | Dec 21, 2012

AOPA e-Newsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson share the top 10 apps that she’s reviewed in 2012. Did your favorite app make the list?

New Orleans, FAA expect GA Super Bowl crowd

Article | Nov 29, 2012

It’s not too soon to start planning that Super Bowl flight. New Orleans is preparing for a crowd, and that goes for airports, too.

App roulette

Article | Nov 20, 2012

After throwing a list of apps into an online randomizer, AOPA's Benét J. Wilson takes a look at the top five that the program spit out. You might be surprised by what surfaced.

Piper celebrates 75 years

Article | Nov 12, 2012

Hundreds of people were on hand and 84 aircraft - including Piper products that represented the company's lineage going back to the J-3 Cub - flew in to help Piper Aircraft Inc. celebrate its seventy-fifth anniversary Nov. 9 through 11.

Learn to fly apps

Article | Nov 02, 2012

I am currently a student pilot and a fool for pilot-related apps. I need all the help I can get in learning the ins and outs of flying, so this week, I’m reviewing apps that student pilots should consider.

FreeFlight announces new technologies, approvals

Article | Oct 11, 2012

FreeFlight Systems will integrate its XPLORER ADS-B weather receiver with GRT Avionics Horizon HXr, Horizon HX and Sport SX panel-mounted electronic flight information systems for experimental and light sport aircraft.

Florida braces for hurricane strike

Article | Aug 23, 2012

With Tropical Storm Isaac expected to strengthen into a hurricane, and take a track toward Florida, it's not too soon for aircraft owners to pay attention – and consider making arrangements to protect vulnerable aircraft. Sound preparation includes a close look at aircraft insurance to verify what limits are in place, how those limits might be affected by the presence of a watch or warning, and whether the policy covers relocation by a professional pilot to keep an aircraft out of harm's way.

Cessna surveys customers about turboprop offering

Article | Jul 24, 2012

Cessna is offering a mockup of what a future single-engine turboprop business aircraft might look like, and asking for the EAA AirVenture crowd to offer opinions. Plans for a new turboprop have been rumored for two years.

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.

Mars rover may have trouble closing flight plan

Article | Jul 17, 2012

While there is no pay phone on Mars, Curiosity might end up needing one, at least for a little while. With less than three weeks left in a journey of 352 million miles from Earth to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory rover is lined up for an always-risky landing, one that predecessors have failed more often than not.

Avidyne IFD440 seeks to replace GNS430s

Article | Jul 05, 2012

Avidyne's new IFD440, an all-in-one GPS/NAV/COM/FMS, expands on the Massachusetts company's strategy of competing with rival Garmin for GNS430/530 replacements.

IFR Fix: Routine ride, or psychological thriller?

Article | Jun 29, 2012

To hear the passenger talk about it, it had been one harrowing flight. No words of distress had been spoken in the cockpit or on the radio, but you know what they say about cutting tension with a knife. Was the cover-up worse than the crime?

Weather cameras add safety in Alaska

Advocacy | Jun 28, 2012

The view northeast from Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, isn't a pilot's dream: The air is opaque, and the overcast hides a pair of prominent peaks five and 11 miles away. Fortunately, a pilot planning an arrival wouldn't have to find out the bad news the hard way. A network of aviation cameras is giving Alaska aviators a nearly real-time glimpse of local conditions.

IFR Fix: What's 'visual'?

IFR Fix | Jun 25, 2012

All it take is a cross-channeled radio to blockade the airspace and breed bedlam. On any IFR flight in moderate weather, pilots face the decision: Cancel aloft, possibly speeding up the arrival, or remain on the IFR flight plan to touchdown.