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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Garmin GNS 530W and 430W Garmin International has completed the process by which it will add WAAS (Wide Area Augmentation System) capability to its popular 400- and 500-series GPS/nav/coms, including the GNS 430 and 530 and the new 430W and 530W (the W stands for WAAS, of course). The certification and approved model list supplemental type certificate allows most owners to upgrade their units without a field approval.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

Radios to roam After a new handheld GPS, probably the gift a pilot would most like to receive during the holidays is a handheld transceiver. Especially in today's high-density traffic areas and temporary flight restrictions, it pays to have a handheld radio on board-whether it's your primary or a backup.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2006

The AOPA Pilot staff will be reporting on new products from AOPA Expo in Palm Springs in November. Check out the coverage at Virtual Expo.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2006

Oshkosh products The AOPA Pilot staff was out in full force at Oshkosh surveying a new crop of products. Here's a summary of our findings.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2006

Lightspeed Mach 1 headset For years, pilots of jet aircraft have used "in the ear" headsets with a single earplug, taking advantage of the relative quiet of most modern airliners and business jets to save weight and headaches from traditional muff-style headsets. Now Lightspeed Aviation offers the Mach 1, its version of the in-the-ear style of headset, modified to work in light piston aircraft as well as in jets.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2006

Zaon Flight Systems PCAS XRX With all the head-down equipment found on board general aviation aircraft these days — and the busy traffic patterns and corridors we fly within — you need all the help you can get watching for traffic. One aid to your scan is a recently upgraded portable traffic detector from Zaon Flight Systems, formerly SureCheck Aviation.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2006

Lowrance AirMap 600c Lowrance Avionics has taken the form factor and price point of its budget handheld, the AirMap 500, and supercharged it with features — and a sharp color display — from its top-of-the-line 2000c. The result? The AirMap 600c.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2006

Cockpit tools — no batteries required Some of the best cockpit tools are those that won't — can't — fail you when the lights go out. Our selection includes updates of time-tested products, as well as some decidedly new technology — that you can operate without an owner's manual.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

Mercury Computer Systems VistaNav A new entry into the electronic flight bag (EFB) market, VistaNav, comes from Mercury Computer Systems. VistaNav features highly detailed synthetic vision (which projects an image of upcoming terrain and obstruction features onto an electronic display, coupled with attitude information), and it offers electronic flight information system (EFIS) and moving-map presentations, along with flight-planning compatibility with Jeppesen's FliteStar software.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2006

Products to tune you up for the flying season As the days get longer and warmer, pilots head for the airport — perhaps after a few months' break, or just with more enthusiasm than before. We've rounded up some new products to help you accomplish this year's aviation goals and prepare for a busy summer of flying.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

Jeppesen Internet Flight Planner With the launch of its new Jeppesen Internet Flight Planner (JIFP), the company is offering a convenient upgrade path for users of AOPA's Real-Time Flight Planner (RTFP) who need more advanced features than those offered in the free product jointly developed by AOPA and Jeppesen. Like RTFP, the new flight planner uses a small application and an Internet connection to deliver always-current navigation data.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2006

Flashlight Roundup The flashlight is far more than a pedestrian gadget — it could be the most important thing you carry in your flight bag. We offer here several options available on the market.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

AirGizmos Panel Dock Handheld GPS devices get better all the time — and many available on the market rival their panel-mount brethren of only a few years ago. So if the majority of your flying is VFR — or you often refer to your GPS as a backup during IFR operations — and you have the panel space, you may have wished that you could just stick your handheld in the panel for easier reference.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

MotoArt In 1998, artist Donovan Fell III obtained a load of Boeing B-17 propellers from the junk man who sold him scrap metal for the sculptures he built for the entertainment industry. Fell, who had long been an airplane buff, threw his heart into the project.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2005

Practical Risk Management for Takeoffs and Landings Consistently good, safe takeoffs and landings are the result of preparation, according to John and Martha King. The first step in making critical decisions is learning to manage the risks.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2005

Garmin GPSMap 396 Garmin's new GPSMap 396 may be a handheld unit, but it provides the weather avoidance features you might expect to find in the panel-mount gear of today's high-end general aviation aircraft. The 396 taps into XM WX Satellite Weather's datalink weather products.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Sporty's Electric Backup Attitude Indicator Loss of the primary attitude indicator (AI) is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to an instrument pilot. However, there have been few affordable backup options for light airplanes.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

Pilot My-Cast Since we first looked at Digital Cyclone's Pilot My-Cast service for cellular phones (see "Pilot Products: Digital Cyclone Pilot My-Cast," December 2002 Pilot), the company has expanded both its service and availability by leaps and bounds. Pilot My-Cast uses Internet service on Java- or Get-It-Now-enabled cell phones and certain personal digital assistants to access weather and notam data from the National Weather Service.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Garmin iQue 3600a Garmin has offered a personal digital assistant (PDA) for two years, the iQue, but now the company has introduced the iQue 3600a, which includes aviation and terrain data already loaded and a built-in 12-channel GPS receiver, all ready to go the minute you open the box. With the addition of a $139.27 MapSource CD you can navigate the streets or highways at your destination.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2005

AirGator's NavAir EFB A highly competitive market in moving-map software for use in the cockpit has driven the development of several great programs for electronic flight bags (EFBs). A uniquely intelligent application is that produced by AirGator, the NavAir EFB program for both PocketPC and tablet PC and laptop platforms.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Aloft Technologies: Clarity Aloft Aviation Headset In-the-ear headsets have become increasingly popular in the past five years and the attention is well deserved. These svelte designs provide superior long-haul comfort and excellent noise-canceling properties that negate the need for battery-hungry noise-canceling gear.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

Lowrance AirMap 2000C When Lowrance re-entered the aviation handheld market with its AirMap GPS in 1997, it aimed at being a lower-cost alternative. The company has spent its time since then steadily developing solid GPS handhelds with ever-advancing features.

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Article | Mar 01, 2005

AvMap EKP-IV portable GPS navigator C-Map Aviation has specialized in large-format portable GPS units, which we've reviewed favorably. The company continues to impress with its latest offering, the EKP-IV.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Sennheiser lightweight headsets Professional pilots who fly primarily turbine equipment gravitate toward lightweight headsets because the relative quiet in turbine cockpits doesn't require the use of a hard-clamping, around-the-ears headset typically found in piston airplanes. Sennheiser has two answers for the professional pilot with its HMEC25-KA and HMEC45-KA headsets.