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Garmin to offer ADS-B units for helicopters

Article | Mar 02, 2015

Garmin International will offer the GDL 84H and GDL 88H Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) datalink specifically designed for helicopters.

Aircraft Maintenance: Warm panel, cool wallet

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 24, 2015

Pilots focus on preheating the engine during cold weather, but what about the cockpit? More than 30 percent of an aircraft's value is often tied up in the panel.

L-3 Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System

Video | Feb 20, 2015

L-3 has released a new line of ADS-B products. See the new NGT-9000 transponder replacement.

2015 Bahamas, Caribbean pilot guides available

Article | Feb 19, 2015

The thirty-sixth edition of the Bahamas and Caribbean pilot guides are now available as spiral-bound books or iPad apps.

Command performance

Article | Feb 18, 2015

An online video service launched to give enthusiasts an aerobatic ride-along from multiple camera perspectives is expanding into a more interactive experience.

ASA releases checkride apps for Android

Article | Feb 13, 2015

Aviation Supplies & Academics Inc. on Feb. 12 announced seven new apps for Android designed to help pilots prepare for the oral portion of practical tests.

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.

NavWorx offers new ADS-B option

Article | Feb 12, 2015

NavWorx announced Feb. 11 an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transceiver with an introductory price of $699, giving kit builders an affordable route to mandate compliance.

Aircraft maintenance: Removing snow and ice

Aircraft Maintenance | Feb 12, 2015

For pilots in parts of the country where they are measuring the snowfall in feet, here are some tips to keep in mind when clearing the path to your aircraft. For starters, snow blowers and aircraft are a bad combination.

New instrument training app released

Article | Feb 11, 2015

Pilot Training Solutions’ Instrument Rating Virtual Test Prep iPad app was released in the App Store Feb. 4, the fourth app the company has released in as many months.

Pilot Briefing: Chart challenge

Pilot Magazine | Feb 04, 2015

Aeronautical charts include a surprising amount of topographical and airspace details.

Scimitar prop approved for Cessna 172RG Cutlass

Article | Feb 03, 2015

Hartzell Propeller has gained FAA approval to install a new lightweight, swept-tip propeller on the Cessna 172RG Cutlass.

Cub effect

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

It was my first flight in N1352C, a Piper PA–18 Super Cub that remains one of my great aviation loves.

Letters

Article | Feb 03, 2015

A good pilot is always learning—and readers agree with Dave Hirschman that the white line matters.

Not so alone

Pilot Magazine | Feb 03, 2015

Slogging through the murk fearing a two-degree temperature drop may lead to an icing encounter, darkness setting in, facing a low approach at an unfamiliar airport with terrain around.

Sporty’s offers refurbished 172s

Article | Jan 28, 2015

Sporty’s has struck a chord with flight schools and others looking for an affordable, like-new aircraft.

Zulu PFX update released

Article | Jan 28, 2015

A firmware update now available for the Lightspeed Zulu PFX headset improves battery life and customization.

FltPlan, Angel Flight West partner to match pilots with flight needs

Article | Jan 27, 2015

Commercial flight planning service FltPlan and Angel Flight West are integrating so that the nonprofit organization can match passenger needs with volunteer pilots’ existing flight schedules.

Rod Machado releases 'Aviation Learning Center' app

Article | Jan 23, 2015

Aviation writer, humorist, and CFI Rod Machado has released a free app that serves as a clearinghouse for his instructional resources.

Vision training

Article | Jan 21, 2015

Seven years of scientific research has produced a mobile application that significantly improved the vision of pilots, among other test subjects.

Nextant turboprop has successful test flight

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Nextant Aerospace said its G90XT turboprop project was “on schedule for certification” in 2015 after a successful first test flight of the aircraft.

Exhausting maintenance: Performance improvements

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Exhaust system design is critical to the ultimate power output of an aircraft engine. Regardless of improvements to induction air flow, compression, cylinder porting, or combustion timing, a poorly designed exhaust system will always limit the power that your engine can deliver.

Question of the Month

Article | Jan 18, 2015

Michael Vanderweide noted on AOPA’s Flying Club Facebook Page that his club, based in Virginia, has a Stratus 2 and iPad and hangar temperatures can exceed the 30 degree minimum and the 100 degree maximum that this equipment is supposed to be stored in, and he’s looking for suggestions to keep these two things warm during the winter and cool during the summer in a hangar. His question generated several responses. See what other flying clubs suggested.

Answers for Pilots: Do it yourself

Article | Jan 16, 2015

The FAA allows aircraft owners to perform many preventive maintenance tasks provided they do not involve complex assembly operations.

Price of refusal

Article | Jan 15, 2015

An emergency medical services pilot fired after refusing to fly is seeking federal whistleblower protection.

Little diesel, big fuel savings

Pilot Magazine | Jan 12, 2015

When Premier Aircraft of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced a Jet-A-burning turbocharged Continental 135-horsepower diesel engine for the Cessna 172, the response came as no surprise.

Lightspeed adds stylish touch to annual promotion

Article | Jan 09, 2015

Lightspeed Aviation has added a new twist to its popular promotion for a $500 getaway package. In addition to gift cards for avgas, a rental car, dining, and lodging, the company will give away its Markham leather flight bag.

P&E Technique

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

“Simulated electrical fire,” I said. “What are you going to do?”

Pilots: Cameraman Kevin LaRosa II

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Kevin LaRosa II has heard the sound of engines and propellers for as long as he can remember.

Quick Look: Piper Cheyenne 400LS

Pilot Magazine | Jan 09, 2015

Piper’s Cheyenne 400LS is one of those rare airplanes that has few compromises.

Be prepared

Article | Jan 08, 2015

As one family’s tragedy in the Kentucky woods on Jan. 2 captured worldwide attention, air safety experts renewed a call for pilots to be prepared.

Stratus adds synthetic vision

Article | Jan 07, 2015

The portable Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver has added several new features in recent months, and synthetic vision is the latest.

Bonanza Society announces free courses for members

Article | Jan 07, 2015

In an effort to remove obstacles to pilot participation in potentially lifesaving training, the American Bonanza Society will make its online Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program available to members free of charge.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 05, 2015

An in-depth exhaust system inspection should be done as part of the aircraft's annual inspection.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

‘The single most important license I got’

Article | Dec 23, 2014

Delta Air Lines Captain Jeffrey Whitesell said flight instruction has been his backstop his whole career, many times opening a door where one otherwise might not have been opened.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 23, 2014

Exhaust systems are one of the few systems in our aircraft where a single point of failure can be catastrophic. Here are tips for inspecting the system for safety during every preflight. This is one area in which catching an issue on the ground can make all the difference in the world.

Hartzell among inductees in National Aviation Hall of Fame

Article | Dec 18, 2014

Propeller pioneer Robert Hartzell is among four people who will be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2015.

Garmin updates GDL 69

Article | Dec 15, 2014

Garmin has updated the GDL 69 datalink receiver to take advantage of the SiriusXM G4 network, providing pilots with weather data and music.

Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 11, 2014

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

Headsets are personal. You can easily start an argument on which are the best, and reading online reviews only fans the flames.

ForeFlight notifies

Article | Dec 03, 2014

ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 includes two new capabilities that aim to close a situational awareness gap: automated display of notams and flight condition changes.

New Garmin release enhances 'connected cockpit'

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Garmin, training its sights anew on “the connected cockpit,” announced the availability of the Flight Stream 110/210 Bluetooth wireless gateway.

New approach to quiet

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Lightspeed Aviation spent four years developing and testing a new approach to sound suppression in an aviation headset, an effort now recognized outside of aviation.

FlyQ family upgrades available

Article | Dec 01, 2014

Seattle Avionics, the designer and developer of FlyQ flight planning products, has announced updates including new versions of FlyQ Pocket and FlyQ EFB, and a new Web-based system called ATLAS.

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your twin

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 24, 2014

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft.