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Developers offer aviation app updates

Apps of the week | Apr 14, 2014

Jeppesen’s Mobile FliteDeck VFR for iPad has been expanded; iFly GPS is now available on Android platforms; and iFlightPlanner 2.0, FltPlanGo, and FlightPro have all been updated.

Topics Gear, Apps, Tablet

Eating the elephant: Charting a course to aircraft ownership

Aircraft Maintenance | Apr 10, 2014

For all its regulations and costs, there are options out there to make the dream of aircraft ownership a reality for most pilots.

Diesel Archer approved in Europe

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Piper and Continental have teamed to produce a diesel-powered Archer designed for the international flight training market. The first Archer DX has been flying in Germany since February.

Checklist apps? Check

Apps of the week | Apr 04, 2014

Five apps offer customizable aircraft checklists.

Topics Gear, Apps, Tablet

Stratus adds animated radar, split-screen attitude

Article | Apr 03, 2014

The Stratus Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop has added a split-screen attitude view, animated radar, and an iPad-battery-saving feature, Sporty’s announced April 2.

FreeFlight cuts ADS-B prices

Article | Apr 02, 2014

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.

Airvan gets executive interior option

Article | Apr 02, 2014

GippsAero, the aircraft manufacturing arm of Mahindra Aerospace, has introduced a new executive interior for its GA8 Airvan utility airplane.

Fly for $300 a month, Baker says

Article | Apr 02, 2014

With the high cost of avgas and new aircraft prices soaring, is it possible to fly for $200 or $300 a month? "The answer is, you can," said AOPA President Mark Baker at a panel discussion April 1.

What portable ADS-B receivers don’t tell you

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Portable, receive-only ADS-B devices may not provide a complete picture of traffic near your aircraft.

Premier progresses with 172 diesel upgrade

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Premier Aircraft Sales is upgrading Cessna 172s with Centurion 2.0 turbodiesel engines and Garmin glass panels with touch-screen avionics.

Tecnam starts expansion in United States

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Tecnam, an Italian firm well established in Europe, is making significant investments aimed at growth in the United States, including introducing the Astore light sport aircraft.

Garmin pilotizes the VIRB camera system

Article | Apr 01, 2014

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.

Rotorcraft Rookie: The best study materials

Rotorcraft Rookie | Apr 01, 2014

Although there may be more books and reference materials in the fixed-wing world, most helicopter study materials are really well done.

Treasure hunt, rebates among Sun 'n Fun deals

Article | Mar 31, 2014

Bonus gifts with headsets, rebates for GPS units, and an on-site treasure hunt are among the special offers from sellers during the 2014 Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-in and Expo.

Continental, ASI acquire rights to twin Cessna F406

Article | Mar 26, 2014

Continental Motors and ASI Innovation of Reims, France, have acquired rights to build the Cessna F406 turboprop airplane.

Do you have the right stuff? Take the EFB challenge

Article | Mar 26, 2014

MyGoFlight is launching a contest to test pilots on their EFB skills.

AOPA Fly-Ins: Great news and big changes

Article | Mar 24, 2014

More than 300 aircraft have already registered to fly in for the AOPA Fly-In at San Marcos, Texas, on April 26, and AOPA is reorganizing the schedule of the day to allow for a safe, even flow of aircraft arrivals.

Aircraft maintenance: Cold weather checkup

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 24, 2014

Even late-winter presents a number of unique challenges to the aircraft’s systems, and it pays to take the time to do what you can to protect your aircraft (and yourself) while we’re still in winter’s grip.

General apps handle specific tasks

Apps of the week | Mar 24, 2014

Take a look at five apps that cover a bit of everything, from measuring wind speeds and G forces to serving as a flight data recorder.

Topics Gear, Apps

FreeFlight ADS-B installation list grows

Article | Mar 18, 2014

FreeFlight Systems announced several ADS-B installations and approvals during the Aircraft Electronics Association convention, held in Nashville March 12 through 15.

Flight planning apps offer pilots help

Apps of the week | Mar 17, 2014

As more flight planning tasks become automated, pilots can choose from dozens of apps to help them prepare for a flight.

Topics Gear, Apps

It takes a village: Comlux Bombardier 600 STC

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Comlux America’s STC will retrofit older Challenger jets so they can fly where Cockpit/Pilot Data Link Communications soon will be required.

Sandia introduces Quattro

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Sandia Aerospace has introduced the SAI 340 Quattro, a replacement for steam-gauge standby instruments in EFIS-equipped aircraft.

Garmin debuts new AOA, radar altimeter systems

Article | Mar 14, 2014

Taking advantage of recent FAA rule changes, Garmin is introducing a new angle of attack system for $1,499 later this year, along with a new radar altimeter system.

Aspen introduces new VFR glass cockpit

Article | Mar 13, 2014

Aspen Avionics introduced a new VFR primary flight display at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention this. The new Evolution 1000 VFR PFD is a stripped-down version of the company’s popular Evolution 1000 Pro PFD.

Growth spurs avionics industry

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The general aviation avionics business generates some $2.4 billion in sales, spurring economic activity at hundreds of airports across the nation, according to a new report from the Aircraft Electronics Association.

Hartzell prop approved for diesel Skyhawk

Article | Mar 13, 2014

The FAA has granted Hartzell Propeller a supplemental type certificate that permits installation of a Bantam series three-blade propeller on diesel-powered Cessna 172s.

Aspen begins ‘try it, you’ll like it’ campaign

Article | Mar 12, 2014

Aspen Avionics is offering 10 free flight hours of synthetic vision to its primary flight display customers. Don't buy it and the system goes away after 10 hours--once you're back safely on the ground.

VFR cockpit app enhanced

Article | Mar 12, 2014

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

Hello TBM 900

Pilot Magazine | Mar 12, 2014

The TBM series of turboprop singles has proven a winner in the marketplace, with more than 684 sales since deliveries began in late 1990. Part of the reason for this success has been a pattern of constant design evolution.

BendixKing ends product support for myWingMan app

Article | Mar 11, 2014

BendixKing has announced that it will end product support for its myWingMan electronic flight bag iPad app.

Avionics: Paper-less

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Read that carefully. They aren’t dead, nor will they be for some time—if ever.

First Look: Breaking a link in the chain

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

n March 20, 2009, the crew of an Airbus A340 began a partial-power takeoff in Melbourne, Australia.

Aircraft maintenance: Proper engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Mar 10, 2014

Preheating is about far more than just oil temperature. Proper preheating involves heating the entire engine, so that all critical engine parts can be brought into the ‘safe’ temperature range.

Wrangle the weather with these five apps

Apps of the week | Mar 08, 2014

Take a look at five apps designed to help pilots check and track the weather.

Lift Reserve Indicator for FAA-certified aircraft

Article | Mar 05, 2014

The FAA has approved the BendixKing KLR 10, meant to enhance safety by warning pilots of high angles of attack.

Developers offer app, mobile website updates

Apps of the week | Mar 03, 2014

Developers provide updates on aviation apps and mobile websites that handle the FAR/AIM, FBO fuel price checks, flight planning, and eAPIS.

Topics Gear, Apps, Tablet

Lithium-ion battery for GA certified

Article | Mar 03, 2014

The FAA has certified True Blue Power's lithium-ion engine start battery, which the company says is a first for general aviation.

Aircraft maintenance: Myths, realities of engine preheating

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 27, 2014

The engine heater and a small cabin heater have been keeping the aircraft warm and ready to go for almost two weeks. Heresy, you say? Leaving a preheater on for this long will corrode the engine, you say? Not necessarily.

Hartzell gains STC, plans deliveries of swept TBM prop

Article | Feb 26, 2014

Hartzell Propeller has received a supplemental type certificate (STC) for its swept-airfoil composite five-blade propeller for Daher-Socata TBM 700 and TBM 850 aircraft.

Antenna taps weather services

Article | Feb 24, 2014

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

Five apps for maintenance tracking, reference

Apps of the week | Feb 21, 2014

Owners, fleet operators, and mechanics may want to try out these five apps that handle tasks from tracking fasteners to tracking maintenance schedules.

Eclipse 550 gains approvals

Article | Feb 20, 2014

The Eclipse 550 is the first light jet equipped with autothrottles, and the FAA has also approved anti-skid brakes.

New perspective

Pilot Magazine | Feb 19, 2014

I lucked into my first airplane ride in a Cherokee 140 when I was 15 years old, and for the next two years, all my lawn-mowing money went straight into the cash register of the local FBO.