Homebuilder revamps cleco plier

California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.

Sep 15, 2014

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

Sep 11, 2014 | comments


Homecoming Fly-In: General aviation in action

AOPA is bringing the celebration of general aviation to its home in Frederick, Maryland, for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4.

Sep 09, 2014 | comments
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Pilot Accessories


A hotspot for everywhere

Sporty’s Pilot Shop is offering a solution for pilots who need to stay in touch everywhere: a mobile hotspot delivering voice and data via satellite.

Aug 05, 2014


Garmin pilotizes the VIRB camera system

Garmin's VIRB action camera now includes a host of accessories to make it more useful in the cockpit. An audio cable captures intercom and ATC communications, and a new removable filter reduces propeller blur.

Apr 01, 2014 | comments


VFR cockpit app enhanced

Interactive airspace alerts, notam organization, enhanced flight tracking, and expanded European coverage have been added with the latest release of Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck VFR.

Mar 12, 2014 | comments
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Aircraft Accessories


FreeFlight receives FAA approval of RANGR FDL-978-RX

FreeFlight Systems announced July 28 that it had received technical standard order approval from the FAA for its RANGR FDL-978-RX ADS-B receiver.

Jul 28, 2014


Spot simplifies with new Trace tracker

Rather than upping the feature set, as seems the norm these days with new products, Spot decided to simplify. The Trace is just a satellite-based tracker, automatically sensing motion and turning on.

Jul 28, 2014


FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

To encourage more aircraft owners to invest in ADS-B technology sooner, FreeFlight Systems is cutting the price of its universal access transceiver kit through the end of the year.

Apr 02, 2014
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Apps of the week

Consider these five random aviation apps

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

Sep 08, 2014


New partners help SocialFlight 'energize' aviation

SocialFlight, an Internet site and mobile app that helps pilots pinpoint aviation events and destinations, is expanding internationally through partnerships with aviation industry leaders, said the Sudbury, Massachusetts-based startup.

Sep 04, 2014

Apps of the week

Five apps aid pilots in the cockpit

Check out these five apps that help pilots handle everything from VOR tracking to weather.

Sep 02, 2014
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Aircraft Components


Ignition gains approvals

Electroair’s fuel-saving electronic ignition systems are an option for more certified aircraft than ever.

Aug 05, 2014 | comments

Pilot Magazine

Return of the Astore

Luigi Pascale is the head designer at Tecnam and he designed the Astore, Tecnam’s new luxury Light Sport aircraft with an all-metal airframe.

Aug 05, 2014


Whelen upgrades LED lighting

Whelen Engineering, the leading manufacturer of lighting products for general aviation aircraft, has introduced its Parmetheus Plus landing and taxi LEDs.

Aug 01, 2014
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Portable GPS


Antenna taps weather services

Garmin has announced a new antenna designed to capture Sirius XM weather and feed it to Garmin devices, starting with the aera 796.

Feb 24, 2014

Pilot Magazine

Pilot Counsel: Reexamination

One of the tools that the FAA uses in its enforcement efforts is a request to reexamine a pilot’s qualifications to hold his or her FAA certificate or ratings.

Feb 12, 2014


New Garmin unit offers ADS-B, GPS, attitude

Garmin has introduced a new portable ADS-B and GPS receiver that displays aircraft attitude information alongside mapping, traffic, and weather.

Jan 22, 2014 | comments
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