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Avionics: When all else fails

Article | Apr 28, 2013

This iPad screen shot shows Xavion’s desired flight path to the nearest runway. The airplane is flying at 99 KIAS, descending 1,200 fpm, and slightly low.Those of us who fly single-engine, single-pilot IFR may not like to dwell on these scenarios, but what are our odds of gliding to a safe landing at an airport if we lose the engine in instrument meteorological conditions? And how well prepared are we to deal with a total electrical failure in the clouds, or at night? Xavion is an iPad app that provides answers to the questions pilots constantly ask themselves in flight: What would I do right now if the engine quit? Or if the instrument panel suddenly went dark? Designed by Austin Meyer, founder of the wildly successful X-Plane flight simulation software, Xavion uses the iPad’s internal sensors (or a Levil Technologies attitude heading reference system) to show pilots how to glide to a runway if the engine quits.

Garmin introduces new traffic alert systems

Article | Mar 27, 2013

Garmin’s new radios, the GTR transceiver and GNC NAV/COMM series, feature text displays identifying the tuned frequency. Garmin announced a pair of new active traffic alert systems, and what amounts to an upgrade of an existing system priced at the entry level on March 26 at the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas.

Aspen’s new ADS-B solutions

Article | Mar 26, 2013

Aspen Avionics announced a series of new ADS-B products that bring subscription-free weather and traffic to the company’s flagship Evolution PFDs and MFDs. “The architecture behind ADS-B is complicated,” said Brad Hayden, vice president for marketing at the firm based in Albuquerque, N.M.

Datalink Roundup

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Datalink Roundup Weather to Go What's it like in there? --> BY AOPA PILOT STAFF WRITERS (From AOPA Pilot, March 2004.) You're headed from Jackson, Mississippi, to Brownsville, Texas, and here's how your day is going: Alarm didn't go off; running late; spilled coffee driving to the airport while on the cell phone getting a briefing from flight service (yeah, you shouldn't drink, drive, and talk on the phone all at once, but these are life's pressures; at least there's no shaving or makeup involved). Thank goodness the weather's supposed to be good, right? Now, en route, you're feeling like maybe you drank too much of that coffee; it's bumpy, there's a big, fat headwind, and what's this? ATC talking at 20 knots gusting to 30: "Attention all aircraft: Convective Sigmet 11C valid until 2055 Zulu, an area from 50 west-southwest of Lufkin to 120 south-southwest Lake Charles to 100 southeast of Palacios to...." Wait a minute, where's Palacios? What's next? Did he say Brownsville? Was that embedded thunderstorms with tops to Flight Level 450? Oh man, you missed half of it.

ASF - Weather

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Weather and Flight Experience IFR Engine Problems I left Orlando Executive for West Palm Beach around 8:30 a.m. midweek last summer.

Ownership: Winterize yourself

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2013

What to wear when Old Man Winter comes to stay.