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On Display

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

A real looker When the word got out in late July that Garmin would debut its latest handheld GPS, the GPSMap 496, we editors at AOPA Pilot already knew — because we had one of the brand-new units in our hands. Replete with loads of updated features, including AOPA's Airport Directory data for more than 5,300 public-use airports, the 496 was ready to go for our annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Close friends for 30 years, John and I had flown together a few times in my Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. We both had busy medical practices so we decided to fly to South Dakota to participate in a pheasant hunt rather than drive the distance and take the additional time away from work.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Lightspeed Mach 1 headset For years, pilots of jet aircraft have used "in the ear" headsets with a single earplug, taking advantage of the relative quiet of most modern airliners and business jets to save weight and headaches from traditional muff-style headsets. Now Lightspeed Aviation offers the Mach 1, its version of the in-the-ear style of headset, modified to work in light piston aircraft as well as in jets.

AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes

Article | Jul 01, 2006

The Win a Six gets panel power galore Big things are in the works at Muncie Aviation Co. After six weeks in Muncie's avionics shop, AOPA's Win a Six in '06 Sweepstakes airplane has undergone a major-league transformation.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Garmin GPSMap 396 Garmin's new GPSMap 396 may be a handheld unit, but it provides the weather avoidance features you might expect to find in the panel-mount gear of today's high-end general aviation aircraft. The 396 taps into XM WX Satellite Weather's datalink weather products.

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 | May 01, 2005

Aloft Technologies: Clarity Aloft Aviation Headset In-the-ear headsets have become increasingly popular in the past five years and the attention is well deserved. These svelte designs provide superior long-haul comfort and excellent noise-canceling properties that negate the need for battery-hungry noise-canceling gear.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Sennheiser lightweight headsets Professional pilots who fly primarily turbine equipment gravitate toward lightweight headsets because the relative quiet in turbine cockpits doesn't require the use of a hard-clamping, around-the-ears headset typically found in piston airplanes. Sennheiser has two answers for the professional pilot with its HMEC25-KA and HMEC45-KA headsets.

Never Again

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

We departed Paine Field in Everett, Washington, around noon on a warm Saturday, my fiancée Suzanne and I in a 1967 Cessna Skyhawk. Winds were light from the south with scattered cumulus along the west side of the Cascades as we climbed eastbound to 7,500 feet.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Peltor Series 7000 Sport LE headset Peltor Communications has provided a lightweight alternative to head-clamping headsets for more than 15 years, and the company recently introduced its latest entry-level headset, the 7000 Sport LE. According to the manufacturer, the headset features 24 decibels of passive attenuation, which is the product of a four-point ear-cup suspension system that holds the ear cups in place rather than muscling them onto your head.