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Frugal Flyer: No compromise

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

I’m all for good deals and aggressively pursue them whenever, and wherever, they make sense. But there are times when chasing the lowest price can be penny wise and pound foolish and there are a few areas in aviation where even the most frugal fliers are willing to open their wallets.

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.

Wild Horses

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

The coulee country of eastern Washington, named for its deep, narrow canyons, is unique and spectacular. Just now, I was coming from the northwest over a shoulder of sage land and basalt cliffs in preparation for landing across Banks Lake at Grand Coulee Dam Airport.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Beyerdynamic HS 600 DANR Breaking into the ever-saturated aviation headset market must be a challenge. It’s no surprise then that relatively new entrant Beyerdynamic went above and beyond with some new and compelling features when it introduced its new headset.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

EZ Clear EZ Clear is distributed by Plastek LLC and is primarily a polymer-based cleaner (no alcohol) for aircraft windows, instruments, and LCD screens. Although the large manufacturers of glass-cockpit technology have not yet endorsed the cleaner, the ingredient that can damage glass-cockpit screens is alcohol.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Sennheiser HMEC 250 Headset A long trip in a Cirrus SR22 with a propeller turning 2,500 rpm is a tough test for any headset. A recent four-hour trip provided an opportunity to test Sennheiser’s new noise-cancelling HMEC250.

Lock, load, liftoff

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Headset? Check.Kneeboard? Check.Charts and checklists? Check.Flack vest, M-16 rifle, side arm, extra ammunition, and survival gear? Check. That’s not what a flight instructor would normally carry out to a Cessna 172 for a training flight with a primary student.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Aerous VX3 by JH Audio It’s not often that a completely new headset design comes along, so we were excited when we first heard about the Aerous VX3 from JH Audio. The VX3 is an in-ear headset with custom molded earpieces designed by longtime music engineer Jerry Harvey.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Nav Monster There is a plethora of flight planning resources available to pilots, each with its own niche and presentation, including right here at aopa.org. A relatively new swimmer in the pool is Nav Monster, a free Web-based application offering flight planning, weather, and airport and airspace resources.