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40 Top Technologies

Article | Aug 01, 2006

Influencing every aspect in the sky The 1992 Robert J. Collier Trophy — the award honoring the greatest achievement for the advancement of aviation or aerospace for the year — went to the team that developed the Global Positioning System (GPS).

40 Top Technologies

Article | Aug 01, 2006

Attitude heading reference system (AHRS) The future of attitude and directional control during instrument flight lies in a more stable, nearly bulletproof device: the solid-state attitude heading reference system. AHRS is an inertial system that uses MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) gyros and accelerometers to determine roll, pitch, and heading in dynamic conditions.

40 Top Technologies

Article | Aug 01, 2006

No cords, no boundaries With more than 200 million cell phone subscribers in the United States alone, it's safe to say that the wireless world is rapidly encompassing the real world. Pilots have quickly learned to use this particular wireless technology to their own advantage, be it for mobile Internet access to file a flight plan on the way to the airport, check the weather radar while walking out to the airplane, or a quick call from the cockpit to close a VFR flight plan.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Pilot My-Cast Since we first looked at Digital Cyclone's Pilot My-Cast service for cellular phones (see "Pilot Products: Digital Cyclone Pilot My-Cast," December 2002 Pilot), the company has expanded both its service and availability by leaps and bounds. Pilot My-Cast uses Internet service on Java- or Get-It-Now-enabled cell phones and certain personal digital assistants to access weather and notam data from the National Weather Service.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

AirGator's NavAir EFB A highly competitive market in moving-map software for use in the cockpit has driven the development of several great programs for electronic flight bags (EFBs). A uniquely intelligent application is that produced by AirGator, the NavAir EFB program for both PocketPC and tablet PC and laptop platforms.

"AOPA's Airport Directory" Is Your Flying Companion

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

February is here — only one more month and the official spring season arrives in the Northern Hemisphere. Time to dust off your flight jacket, don shades, grab your flight bag, and head for the airport.


Article | Feb 01, 2005

What's up with WAAS? Thanks for the great update on the WAAS/GPS technology ("What's Up With WAAS?" December 2004 Pilot). I teach GPS in the classroom, simulator, and airplane and have included WAAS enhancements in classroom discussions since August 2003.

All in One

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

As we reported in the January issue of AOPA Pilot (see "Mobile Cockpit"), electronic flight bags have promised for some time to eventually replace paper charts, flight log forms, and E6Bs in the cockpit. Electronic flight bags (EFBs), to the FAA, come in three classes.

Air Bags Come to Aviation

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

About two years ago, a hungry Stu Horn was driving home after a midnight landing at Jackson, Wyoming. Horn, president of Aviat Aircraft, was doctoring up a sandwich with packets of mustard and mayo, and trying to drive at the same time.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

NavAirWx NavAirWx is a portable moving-map and flight-planning software package that runs on a personal digital assistant (PDA), tablet PC, or electronic flight bag with the added feature of in-flight weather data and radar overlays from WxWorx. A GPS receiver is used to keep track of your location.