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Avionics: Garmin G2000

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Even with Garmin’s odd naming conventions, it seemed predictable that the company that brought us the G1000 (in 2004) and the G3000 (in 2009) was likely working on something in between. The famously secretive firm is now unveiling the G2000—a two-box PFD/MFD combination with a touch-screen flight management system (FMS) aimed at new, high-end piston aircraft.

Touching the future

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

In the rapidly changing avionics world, the lifespan for new products can sometimes be measured in weeks or months before they are supplanted by newer technology. So the fact that Garmin’s GNS 430/530 series has been at the forefront of general aviation instrument panels for more than a dozen years is a remarkable achievement.

Pilot Products: New Zulu for you

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Lightspeed Zulu Who: Lightspeed ZuluWhat: High quality ANR headsetWhere: www.lightspeedaviation.comWhy: It's one of the top headsets on the marketCost: $900 Pros: Excellent headset on all fronts Great customer service Trade-up program makes it within reach Cons: Good headsets like Zulu are pricey Fans of Lightspeed’s Zulu headset have another reason to spend money—there’s a new Zulu. The new model has an updated look with a more angular ear cup and redesigned ear seals.

Avionics: Portables

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

In-cockpit weather has made the leap from being regarded as a luxury to a near-necessity for pilots flying cross-country trips. From vintage and light sport airplanes to corporate jets, it’s increasingly common for aircraft—or the pilots flying them—to carry satellite receivers and GPS displays that provide a big-picture view of the changing weather around them.

Pilot Products: New Ideas

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Chartflier EFB Chartflier EFB Who: Essential Flight Technology Chartflier EFBWhat: Subscription not required, weather and limited traffic, electronic approach platesWhere: www.essentialflight.usWhy: ADS-B is the future, and Chartflier is a good valueCost: $149 for an annual subscription; tablet and ADS-B receiver options on website Pros: Easy to use, reliable chart backup Free weather and some traffic Inexpensive software Cons: ADS-B not yet available nationwide Our tests were sometimes buggy Electronic approach plate and moving-map hardware and software applications are so ubiquitous now that the choices are getting downright confusing. One of the many options, Essential Filght Technology’s Chartflier Electronic Flight Bag, can be summed up in four familiar letters—ADS-B.

Avionics: Traffic systems

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2011

Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) used to be confined to airline cockpits, cost a fortune, and perform identically. Today, however, that’s changing as a variety of collision avoidance tools (though not necessarily TCAS) have made their way into thousands of general aviation cockpits.

Top of the world

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Flying the Rockies, the top of the world, can be one of the most sublime experiences in general aviation…when it is done correctly. Done incorrectly, it can be deadly.

Never Again: No lights, no alternate

Article | May 01, 2010

The final leg of the wintertime trip to the West Coast was supposed to be easy. The AOPA Let’s Go Flying SR22 was on its way to California, where it would be awarded to the winner of the 2009 AOPA Sweepstakes.