Flight Bags

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Pilot Products: Odds and Ends

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Flight bag designs have exploded in recent years to the point that it’s hard to remember that pilots used to carry everything in a briefcase or other improvised sacks. And while flight bags may fit under the nice-to-have category, new market offerings are making them hard to resist.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

The glass cockpit has raised this frequently asked legal question: Do I need to carry paper aeronautical charts on a typical general aviation flight (noncommercial, under FAR Part 91) if I have the same information on electronic cockpit displays? IFR or VFR? The short answer is, no. You may substitute an electronic display of the information in the place of paper navigation charts during all phases of flight operations.

Pilot Products: Active noise-canceling headsets

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Finding the right headset is a fine art. Between the various features, and that one critical component—fit—it can be difficult to find the one for you.

Frugal Flyer: It's Really Free

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Electronic distribution of IFR charts and approach plates has long held the promise of reducing the cost and simplifying the task of keeping IFR subscriptions current. The catch for pilots and aircraft owners is that, so far, it hasn’t always worked out that way.

Avionics: Electronic Flight Bags

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

The first electronic flight bags (EFBs) were airline inventions. Instead of stuffing every cockpit with cumbersome paper charts, operations manuals, and performance calculators—all of which were subject to regular revisions—carriers such as FedEx and Lufthansa designed their own software in the 1990s for portable computers that could hold all that critical information.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

BrightLine Flight Bags There’s a place for everything and everything in its place. This expression, which dates back to the early 1800s, certainly rings true.

Hangar Talk

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

“How could there be much to learn about an aircraft sliding off the end of a snowy runway?” asks AOPA Air Safety Foundation Executive Director Bruce Landsberg. “The pilots probably fouled up, right? Turns out that when Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 attempted to land at Chicago’s Midway Airport on a snowy evening three years ago, a lot of things that the pilots hadn’t even considered were working against them” (“Safety Pilot Landmark Accidents: Overrun!” page 72).

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

WxWorx on Wings XM WX Satellite Weather now offers WxWorx on Wings, a service designed to broadcast XM WX’s weather products into the cockpit using laptop computers, electronic flight bags (EFBs), and tablet personal computers. WxWorx on Wings is available on AvMap’s EKP-IV ($1,499), EKP-IV PRO ($1,999), GeoPilot II ($799), and GeoPilot II Plus ($1,299) portable navigation systems.

Drifting on course: Airline boot camp

Article | Apr 09, 2008

Dishes clanked as the newbies tried to learn kitchen appliances more complex than some training aircraft. The directions posted behind the waffle irons clearly stated to pour in the batter, turn the irons over, and wait for the timers to go off.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Powerful Learning's 'VFR Pilot Review System' Powerful Learning, a new entrant to the general aviation training market, recently introduced its VFR Pilot Review System as a tool to keep basic VFR knowledge fresh for pilots. The software is a great way to prepare for a flight review or to use as a refresher tool.