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Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 11, 2014

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

ForeFlight notifies

Article | Dec 03, 2014

ForeFlight Mobile 6.5 includes two new capabilities that aim to close a situational awareness gap: automated display of notams and flight condition changes.

New approach to quiet

Article | Dec 03, 2014

Lightspeed Aviation spent four years developing and testing a new approach to sound suppression in an aviation headset, an effort now recognized outside of aviation.

FlyQ family upgrades available

Article | Dec 01, 2014

Seattle Avionics, the designer and developer of FlyQ flight planning products, has announced updates including new versions of FlyQ Pocket and FlyQ EFB, and a new Web-based system called ATLAS.

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your twin

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 24, 2014

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft.

Stratus now records

Article | Nov 20, 2014

A ForeFlight update to version 6.4 also updates a connected Stratus ADS-B receiver, enabling a new flight data recording feature.

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your single

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 12, 2014

The No. 1 concern with any aircraft cabin heating system is safety. In the muffler-based heating systems found in single-engine aircraft, the primary danger comes from carbon monoxide. Here are tips for inspecting your heating system to make sure it’s safe.

AOPA ready to work with FAA on ADS-B Out mandate

Advocacy | Nov 12, 2014

AOPA is standing ready to work with the FAA and industry to break down the barriers to meeting the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate. At the top of the association’s list of concerns is lowering the cost to comply.

Cold in the cockpit

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Then came the giant bang! followed immediately by turbulent, rushing, and very cold air into the cockpit as the passenger-side door popped open.

Briefing: Gifts for the vintage pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

Short of going out and buying a taildragger, a biplane, or a silk scarf, we’d like to show you a couple of accessories that just might give a pilot that retro feeling.

Rockwell Collins upgrades flight support

Article | Oct 20, 2014

Rockwell Collins, which purchased ARINC last year, has combined the flight support services offered by it and ARINC, and enhanced onboard systems for passengers and pilots.

Aircraft maintenance: Major vs. minor alterations

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 08, 2014

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process.

Put ground school in your hands with these five apps

Apps of the week | Oct 07, 2014

Student pilots can use these five apps to help study for their FAA knowledge exams.

Technology: iPad best practices

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

As the quantity and variety of flight-related information on tablets increases, the question for pilots becomes how best to employ them without becoming overwhelmed.

Avionics: Status of Stratus 2

Pilot Magazine | Oct 07, 2014

While this is a long-term review of the Stratus 2 ADS-B receiver, we could have written it after just one flight—that’s how simple the product is to use.

AOPA surprises Debonair winner in the air

Article | Oct 05, 2014

The AOPA 2014 Sweepstakes Debonair was awarded Oct. 5 to Steve Lagergren of rural Litchfield, Minnesota, after an elaborate ruse in which the much sought-after and highly customized airplane was delivered to him in the sky near his home airport.

Lightspeed PFX gets personal

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

With all the recent attention to in-ear and on-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

Five apps help with helicopter pilot functions

Apps of the week | Sep 30, 2014

Five helicopter apps cover functions from studying flight hazards to logging flights.

Aircraft maintenance: Mystery upgrades and opportunities

Aircraft Maintenance | Sep 11, 2014

What’s legal when it comes to modifying older aircraft? The starting point in any analysis of a potential aircraft modification is to answer the question: Is this a major alteration or a minor alteration?

Consider these five random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Sep 08, 2014

Check out five aviation apps that handle a range of pilot functions.

P&E Frugal Flier: iPad screen protection

Pilot Magazine | Sep 05, 2014

As iPads become ever more central to flying, accessories that make them work better in the cockpit take on new importance.

Five apps aid pilots in the cockpit

Apps of the week | Sep 02, 2014

Check out these five apps that help pilots handle everything from VOR tracking to weather.

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Specific apps for general aviation

Apps of the week | Aug 25, 2014

An aviation dictionary of pilot terms, advanced avionics handbook, airport identification codes, and more are available at your fingertips through Google Play and iTunes apps.

New generation of ADS-B receiver brings new features

Article | Aug 25, 2014

Stratus 2 is a partnership among manufacturer Appareo, Sporty's Pilot Shop, and Foreflight. Because Stratus 2 was built with Foreflight in mind, the level of integration is slick and complete. However, that partnership also is the product's Achilles' heel.

Lightspeed PFX gets personal

Article | Aug 20, 2014

With all the recent attention to in-the-ear and on-the-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

IFR Fix: Coded weather? GMAB!

IFR Fix | Aug 19, 2014

If it’s been a while, try starting your next proficiency session by getting the weather with a pad, not the iPad.

Aviate, navigate, communicate—and calculate

Apps of the week | Aug 18, 2014

With all of the calculations pilots are required to do for every flight, here's a look at five apps that can help with that process.

How to handle aircraft maintenance when traveling

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 18, 2014

Having to deal with any form of aircraft maintenance when you're far from home isn't fun. Your resources are limited, you don't necessarily know the local fixed-base operator, and your options may be very limited. When you're away from home, it's in your best interest to become your own maintenance manager and advocate.

Get the skinny on weight-and-balance apps

Apps of the week | Aug 11, 2014

Check out four apps that take the weight off doing weight-and-balance calculations.

A hotspot for everywhere

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Sporty’s Pilot Shop is offering a solution for pilots who need to stay in touch everywhere: a mobile hotspot delivering voice and data via satellite.

Flight data recorder for GA

Article | Aug 05, 2014

Hilton Software announced at EAA AirVenture a new feature for WingX Pro7 that captures and records digital flight data 10 times per second.

New options lower Jeppesen data costs

Article | Aug 04, 2014

Jeppesen at EAA AirVenture introduced simplified data subscriptions for general aviation customers, dramatically lowering costs for many IFR pilots.

Summer vacation flying: Packing for your trip

Aircraft Maintenance | Aug 04, 2014

Before taking off on a trip where you’ll be gone for an extended period of time or flying in remote areas, gather some spare parts and tools to take along in case a maintenance issue arises along the way.

Developers offer Oshkosh updates

Apps of the week | Jul 30, 2014

Aviation apps developers offer updates just in time for EAA AirVenture.

An iPad-based HUD from MyGoFlight

Article | Jul 30, 2014

Tablet computers are quickly becoming essential avionics.

Apps take over paper logbook functions

Apps of the week | Jul 28, 2014

These four apps give paper logbooks a digital upgrade.

AOPA ANNOUNCES EXIT FROM EFB MARKET

News release | Jul 25, 2014

Over the past several years, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) developed its digital flight planning tools into a suite of products that put flight planning capability, airport directory information and aviation weather in pilots’ hands. AOPA partnered with Seattle Avionics to create FlyQ EFB, an electronic flight bag (EFB) iPad application, and FlyQ Pocket, a smartphone application.

AOPA exits EFB market

Article | Jul 25, 2014

AOPA is exiting the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, and the association’s existing products will transition to Seattle Avionics.

Guardian Avionics wireless bridge saves engine data in cloud

Article | Jul 22, 2014

Guardian Avionics has created a wireless bridge that displays engine and flight data on up to six iPads at a time

Plan flights with these five apps

Apps of the week | Jul 21, 2014

Plan flights before taking off with these five apps.

Tips for smooth trips, part 2: Pre-trip maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 18, 2014

Get your airplane ready for a long cross-country trip by keeping an eye out for these common “trip interrupters.”

Garmin Pilot app goes global

Article | Jul 17, 2014

Garmin has expanded the reach of its Pilot app for tablet computers to cover the entire planet.

Developers offer five more aviation apps

Apps of the week | Jul 14, 2014

Developers pitch their smartphone and tablet aviation apps to AOPA members.

Summer vacation flying: Maintenance tips for smooth trips

Aircraft Maintenance | Jul 08, 2014

Any successful cross-country trip requires careful maintenance planning well in advance of the first leg of the trip.

Members offer up five favorite apps

Apps of the week | Jul 07, 2014

Apps that help with flight planning, track flights, and calculate weight and balance are among the favorites submitted by AOPA members.

Random aviation apps

Apps of the week | Jun 30, 2014

These random apps can help you save on fuel costs, learn tips for safe cross-country flying, and fill downtime with an aviation-related game.

Aircraft maintenance: Breaking breakers

Aircraft Maintenance | Jun 25, 2014

When electrical system gremlins started to appear in A&P mechanic Jeff Simon's airplane, he discovered that his aircraft's circuit breakers (one of which was 41 years old) were failing one by one.