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Sandel develops drop-in avionics suite

Article | Nov 16, 2015

Sandel has developed an avionics suite for the King Air 200 that installs as an already completed unit for $175,000.

Meet the new boss

Pilot Magazine | Nov 06, 2015

Floatplane pilots always want more performance, and that’s the Boss 182’s strong suit.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2015

An icy encounter in the Banning Pass

Safety Spotlight: A sign of things to come?

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2015

Pilots lament the glacial pace of progress when it comes to installing affordable modern technology and equipment into the cockpits of their aircraft.

P&E: Avionics

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

Bringing a legacy Skyhawk into the twenty-first century

P&E: On Instruments

Pilot Magazine | Aug 07, 2015

The procedures for dealing with lost communications when IFR are set down in FAR 91.185, but you might be able to avoid the pressure of having to immediately recall them when the heat is on.

PS Engineering celebrates its 30th birthday

Article | Jul 30, 2015

Mark Scheuer was tired of yelling at his wife across the noisy cockpit of their Grumman Yankee, and he thought there had to be a better way of communicating. PS Engineering Inc. was born out of that necessity and is now celebrating its third decade of forging new ground in cockpit communication technology.

Trig adds Garmin compatibility, expands AML STC

Article | Jul 22, 2015

Trig Avionics announced that its 1090ES transponders, which offer ADS-B Out, are compatible with Garmin navigators. The TT31’s approved model list supplemental type certificate now covers 600 aircraft.

Garmin showing new products at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 16, 2015

Garmin has released details on several new products it will show during EAA AirVenture, including an electronic logbook and a Bluetooth audio panel.

Pilot Briefing: Products

Pilot Magazine | Jun 09, 2015

Hangars are notorious sweat boxes. They lack insulation, a proper cooling source, and often have terrible ventilation.

Pilot Briefing: They did it!

Pilot Magazine | May 06, 2015

With only a week’s worth of experience in their logbooks, One Week Ready to Solo participants Sherry Rosenkranz, Chris Graves, and Nik Oekerman demonstrated their newfound skills with unassisted flights April 25 in Lakeland, Florida.

New audio panel for experimentals ‘fills a void’

Article | Apr 21, 2015

General aviation intercom and audio system maker PS Engineering is offering aircraft homebuilders a "high end" audio panel.

Trig announces comms, audio panels

Article | Apr 10, 2015

Trig Avionics announced two new communication radios, the TY96 and TY97, and two audio panels. All are expected to ship during the second half of 2015.

Avidyne adds to ADS-B offerings

Article | Apr 09, 2015

Avidyne added three ADS-B Out solutions to its product line that are designed to work with the company’s existing navigators and displays.

TKM Avionics offers new replacement navcoms

Article | Mar 26, 2015

TKM Avionics is reintroducing a navigation/communications radio series to replace King, Narco, and Cessna/ARC series radios in general aviation aircraft.

Wyoming transformations

Pilot Magazine | Mar 11, 2015

Afton, Wyoming—Before their transformations can begin, the worn, hard-flown Cessna 152s selected for the AOPA “You Can Fly” program must get to this mountain valley.

L-3 unveils Lynx line of ADS-B products

Article | Feb 12, 2015

L-3 Aviation Products has unveiled its Lynx line of ADS-B products, ranging from the basic NGT-1000, which provides ADS-B Out data, to the innovative NGT-9000, a 1090-MHz transponder and ADS-B transceiver with a touch-screen display and 978-MHz ADS-B receiver.

New Meridian: Piper updates pressurized turbine single

Article | Jan 27, 2015

Piper’s latest edition of the Meridian pressurized turboprop features updated avionics and six seats in club configuration for $2.26 million.

Voila! The first G600/GTN 750 TBM

Article | Sep 30, 2014

Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.

Navigation by touch

Article | Sep 25, 2014

The complexity of engineering and testing a navigator designed to anchor an instrument panel helps explain why Avidyne’s IFD 540 has only just arrived.

A lot of love—and money: Over-the-top restorations

Pilot Magazine | Sep 08, 2014

A Piper Tri-Pacer, Cessna 182, and Cessna 310 today are better than the factories ever imagined—thanks to owners who wanted their aircraft to be, as the U.S. Army says, all they can be. They succeeded.

P&E Avionics: In touch with the newest Garmin displays

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

With hundreds of thousands shipped, the Garmin GNS 430/530 and their later WAAS-enabled versions dominate general aviation panels.

Avidyne Avionics gets FAA certification for IFD540 nav/com

Article | Jul 28, 2014

Avidyne Avionics has received FAA certification for its long-awaited IFD540 nav/com and agency approval for its smaller 440 touchscreen unit is imminent.

Garmin Connext links tablet computers with Garmin avionics

Article | Jul 19, 2014

Garmin has created a wireless bridge to connect tablet computers running the Garmin Pilot app with panel-mount avionics.

Air Force technology drives new PS Engineering audio panel

Article | Jul 15, 2014

PS Engineering is incorporating U.S. Air Force technology into its new PMA450 audio panel. Originally designed to help fighter pilots with situational awareness, the new system places com radio cues at various points in the earcups to help GA pilots focus.

Debonair on deck

Pilot Magazine | Jun 04, 2014

I know I’ve said this for each of the four sweepstakes restoration airplanes I’ve overseen, but I’ll say it again anyway: The Debonair Sweepstakes airplane has been the most ambitious project yet.

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.

Garmin G3X Touch an all-in-one avionics suite

Article | Mar 25, 2014

Garmin’s new G3X Touch for Experimental and light sport aircraft includes synthetic vision with highway-in-the-sky guidance, a color moving map with terrain warnings, weather and traffic, a digital autopilot, a graphic engine monitor, communications radio, and transponder with ADS-B Out.

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.

Avionics: Buyer beware

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Nowhere is the old expression “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” more appropriate than when buying used avionics. Good deals are out there, but getting one takes a lot of homework and a bit of patience.

Never Again: Scud running

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

The year was 1949. I was a young Air Force aviation cadet with a little more than 200 flying hours, all of which had been in the North American T–6 aircraft.

RFTS Flying Club provides lower-cost flying

Article | Dec 20, 2013

Washington state’s RFTS Flying Club works to offer members lower-cost flying.

IFR Fix: That was the easy part

IFR Fix | Dec 09, 2013

Contemplating IFR flight scenarios for airports like Delta, Utah, is excellent review for any instrument pilot. That's because briefing for a flight into and out of Delta covers bases unlikely to be encountered on your next two-hour tour of your home field approaches.

Fly like a fighter: Radio silence

Fly like a fighter | Dec 03, 2013

Your mission: Fly with eight F-15s to the Philippines, rejoin, refuel with air tankers, engage an unknown number of Red Air fighters, refuel again, and then return home to Okinawa. And fly with radio silence up to the first contact with the Red Air fighters.

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.