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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Qref avionics checklists It’s a daunting task to write a reference book that decodes what, to me at least, has always been one of the most capable but thoroughly frustrating and confusing pieces of avionics ever devised for general aviation: Garmin’s GNS 480/CNX 80. Granted, I’ve only flown GNS 480-equipped airplanes irregularly.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

BrightLine Flight Bags There’s a place for everything and everything in its place. This expression, which dates back to the early 1800s, certainly rings true.

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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Sporty’s online courses Imagine never having to hump 10 pounds of flight training books back and forth to your lessons. Sporty’s Pilot Shop has made that possible with its new online training courses.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Reader Plates If you are of the mind that technology should make life easier or more efficient, then chances are you’ll love Reader Plates, a new service that offers all the approach plates for the country in a convenient format. New advances in portable reader systems have allowed Reader Plates to offer a copy of all the NACO approach plates for the country in a device that weighs only 9 ounces and is the size of a small notebook.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Stay Sealed fuel cap cover Leaky fuel caps are a safety issue. The new Stay Sealed aircraft fuel cap cover was designed to keep the water out of an airplane’s fuel tanks.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

King Schools G1000 training software You’ll find 10 CDs in the King Schools binder that teach everything you need to know about the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. Separate courses cover VFR and IFR operations, while a final CD covers the new GFC700 autopilot.

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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Garmin GPSMAP 495 Garmin recently introduced a new handheld GPS called the GPSMAP 495. The 495 is a essentially a GPSMAP 496, without XM Weather and U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

WxWorx on Wings XM WX Satellite Weather now offers WxWorx on Wings, a service designed to broadcast XM WX’s weather products into the cockpit using laptop computers, electronic flight bags (EFBs), and tablet personal computers. WxWorx on Wings is available on AvMap’s EKP-IV ($1,499), EKP-IV PRO ($1,999), GeoPilot II ($799), and GeoPilot II Plus ($1,299) portable navigation systems.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

This month’s edition of “Pilot Products” is dedicated to obtaining weather information through cellular telephones. Some of the various products made for mobile Web applications, while others rely solely on text messaging.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Powerful Learning's 'VFR Pilot Review System' Powerful Learning, a new entrant to the general aviation training market, recently introduced its VFR Pilot Review System as a tool to keep basic VFR knowledge fresh for pilots. The software is a great way to prepare for a flight review or to use as a refresher tool.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Lightspeed Zulu Headset Not since Bose introduced its first noise-canceling aviation headset in the late 1980s has there been such a buzz over an active noise-reduction headset. The Lightspeed Zulu is the company’s best headset ever, and by all indications Lightspeed has knocked the competition out of the park.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

Gear to survive: Be fully prepared with these products What follows is a small sampling of various survival products available on the market today for the general aviation airplane and pilot. Although many survival items are geared to high-end operators or the airlines, and are thus heavy and expensive, more affordable options are coming to the market that make fully equipping yourself and your aircraft a no-brainer.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Plane-Power Power-Flex voltage regulator Voltage regulators are a common problem spot for older aircraft, and finding good replacement parts has historically been difficult. Plane-Power recently introduced what it thinks will finally be a viable alternative for owners—the Power-Flex voltage regulator.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

Xerion's AuRACLE Engine Management System The AuRACLE Engine Management System monitors and displays every conceivable engine operating parameter on a single 5-inch sunlight-readable color screen, and it's now approved by supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in Beechcraft Bonanza A36s. The 6.25-inch by 4.5-inch unit is approved to replace primary instruments.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Some of the best product demonstrations happen on the fly — or at The Fly Market — at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh every year. This year's show was no different, with these new or improved products topping our editor's list of favorites for the week.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Beyerdynamic HS 300 headset Not often does a new player come into the aviation headset market, so we were excited to hear about Beyerdynamic, a well-established German audio headset company, joining the fray. Since headsets are notoriously personal, we welcome another option in the search for the perfect fit.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Downtube folding bike Since my first days on the job as new-products editor for Pilot, it seems I've been a magnet for folding bikes. We've tested a few, pedal-powered and motorized — and they all offer great utility for pilots.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Sun 'n Fun's greatest hits Our AOPA Pilot staff reported from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in April with the following new products debuting or on the horizon for pilots and owners. For additional coverage of Sun 'n Fun, see AOPA Online.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

Gill 7638-44 24V sealed battery Battery shelf life has been a persistent concern among aircraft owners — anyone who has to leave an airplane for several weeks either tied down outside or in a hangar without electrical service knows the fire drill associated with resuscitating a half-dead battery. A new sealed 24-volt battery from Gill Batteries, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies, addresses this problem.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

SPRING TRAINING Jeppesen/Cirrus training If you're old enough, you may recall self-paced Jeppesen Sanderson training programs at your local flight school. An audiotape would present information and beep periodically to advance a coordinated filmstrip.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

TravelScoot Flying offers tremendous mobility to pilots and their passengers — in fact, for many pilots, once they get to a destination, mobility on the ground becomes a far greater challenge. Hardy Huber, a 50-year pilot, skydiver, and builder of a 1993 Wheeler Express, has designed and introduced the TravelScoot, a motorized, foldable scooter for pilots and passengers who have limited mobility.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

AvMap EKP-IV It's been almost two years (see "Pilot Products," March 2005 Pilot) since we last reviewed C-Map Aviation's AvMap EKP-IV (the division of the company producing it is now called AvMap Navigation), and some significant improvements have been made since then. The updated EKP-IV offers a large, bright display, even on sunny days.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

P2 Aviation Time Trac Aircraft owners and chief pilots of flight departments and flight schools want to spend their time flying airplanes instead of sitting in front of smudged and often-illegible flight records in the attempt to maintain pilot currency records, as well as those of maintenance components and service-bulletin and airworthiness-directive compliance. Now they can abandon their pencils in favor of a nifty solution called TimeTrac from P2 Aviation Technology in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.