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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Forward Vision FLIR Military and public-service pilots have used FLIR (forward-looking infrared) technology to "see" in low-light (night) and low-visibility (fog or smoke) conditions for years. Special cameras viewing infrared waves can translate them into a visual picture for us to view — in aircraft via a screen in the cockpit.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2004

The Savvy Owner seminars Woe to the airplane owner who gets poor advice regarding maintenance matters. Do a top overhaul or just overhaul the weak cylinder? A misguided decision on this issue will cost an owner thousands of dollars, without increasing safety one iota.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2004

Garmin GPSMap 96 and 96c In the past few years, Garmin has built solid lines of aviation and consumer handheld GPS navigators — but a reasonably sized contingent of pilots have held onto its earlier GPS models instead of latching onto the latest and greatest, despite their long list of features and bigger screens. Garmin has filled in the entry-level spot in its lineup with the new GPSMap 96 and 96c.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

NACO charts on DVD, online The National Aeronautical Charting Office (NACO), a division of the FAA, is now selling sectional and terminal area charts on DVD. Three different DVDs are issued every 28-day revision period.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

VTS Inc. aircraft systems software When you were a child, did you ever take things apart to see how they would work? Do you ever wish you could do that with the airplane you fly? Apart from spending quality time with your airframe and powerplant technician — which isn't a bad idea anyway — you can't get as close to your aircraft systems as you can with VTS Inc.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2004

Jeppesen Skybound USB Many Jeppesen NavData users can now save about half the cost of their annual subscription by switching to the company's new Skybound USB service and downloading the data from the Internet. Jeppesen first introduced Internet-based downloading of navigation data several years ago.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2004

Monroy ATD-300 Traffic-Watch I've long depended on Monroy Aerospace's ATD-200 portable air traffic detector, so when the company introduced its new ATD-300 Traffic-Watch, I was eager to upgrade. Unlike its predecessor, which simply displayed traffic distance using sequential LEDs (light-emitting diodes), the ATD-300 digitally displays both distance and, in most cases, altitude of nearby aircraft.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

ASA Instrument Refresher: An IPC Simulator Staying current on the dials can be an uphill battle. For several years, pilots have had the option of using PC-based sims of varying complexity to help them stay current.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2004

Peltor Series 7000 Sport LE headset Peltor Communications has provided a lightweight alternative to head-clamping headsets for more than 15 years, and the company recently introduced its latest entry-level headset, the 7000 Sport LE. According to the manufacturer, the headset features 24 decibels of passive attenuation, which is the product of a four-point ear-cup suspension system that holds the ear cups in place rather than muscling them onto your head.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2004

NavAirWx NavAirWx is a portable moving-map and flight-planning software package that runs on a personal digital assistant (PDA), tablet PC, or electronic flight bag with the added feature of in-flight weather data and radar overlays from WxWorx. A GPS receiver is used to keep track of your location.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2004

Whelen LED beacon light Whelen Engineering Corporation, maker of interior and exterior lighting products for general aviation aircraft, has hitched on to light-emitting diode (LED) technology for light aircraft. The company now installs bright, long-lasting LED position (navigation) lights on new Cessna Citations and Beechjets instead of standard incandescent light assemblies that require frequent replacement.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2004

Lowrance AirMap 500 Lowrance has held a consistent place in the aviation handheld-GPS market with its AirMap 100. Now it brings a host of new features to the first of its two latest products, the AirMap 500.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2004

WSI InFlight AV200 While WSI's data-linked weather for portable devices, AV100, debuted several months back, we recently got our first look at the certified installed version, AV200, as displayed on the Garmin AT MX20. The system is also available on the similar L3 Avionics i-linc, as well as on the Universal Avionics' Universal Cockpit Display (UCD), a Class 3 electronic flight bag, and Chelton Flight Systems' FlightLogic Synthetic Vision primary flight display.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2003

WxWorx on Wings Don't have your own uplinked weather data or radar? Ever wish there was a portable weather receiver for cloud tops, lightning strikes, winds, Nexrad radar maps, storm cell tracking, sigmets and airmets, METARs, and terminal area forecasts? As one million listeners know, XM Satellite Radio offers 101 digital channels of news, sports, and music, but it can do more than entertain. A Huntsville, Alabama, company called WxWorx now uses XM Satellite Radio resources to broadcast weather, WxWorx on Wings, anywhere in the continental United States (Alaska and Hawaii are not included).

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

Precise Flight PreciseFlow oxygen Oxygen — some of us could admittedly use more of it at sea level walking from the house to the car in the morning. But every pilot knows that adequate oxygen becomes critical in flight.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

TeleType GPS for PDAs When we first began reviewing software programs for personal digital assistants (see "Pilot Products: Aviation Applications for PDAs," April 2001 Pilot), we took a look at TeleType's moving-map GPS program, one of the first entrants in a field that has since exploded. TeleType's entry was an offshoot of its robust street-mapping (and marine) GPS program for handheld computers and laptops.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

ACR Electronics GyPSI 406 personal locator beacon Keith Fowler designed the 16-ounce Mafco "Mayday" beacon in 1964 for use in general aviation airplanes. At a cost of $89.50, only 30 sold in the first year because back then pilots could not count on anyone listening on 121.5 MHz for the signal.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

RMS Technology's Flitesoft Professional v3.35 Does more, costs less. That would be enough of a review for this latest version of Flitesoft Professional, the IFR/VFR flight-planning software for piston-engine aircraft, were it not necessary to prove such blanket statements.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2003

Lightspeed ANR headsets In recent months, the Lightspeed family of passive and active noise reduction (ANR) headsets has grown by a couple of new members, while others have undergone refinement. When we looked at the 25XL ("Pilot Products," July 2000 Pilot), it was the top of the line for Lightspeed.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

King Schools' Practical Risk Management for Pilots John and Martha King have debuted their new software course, Practical Risk Management for Pilots, in an effort to change the vocabulary pilots use to define and discuss the risks associated with every flight. The course offers concrete procedures for pilots to follow, regardless of experience level, prior to and during flight to combat sometimes vague and intangible risks.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2003

Aviation Specialties' GATS jar Did you know that some state laws (including Florida's) prohibit dumping on the ground any fuel sumped from aircraft tanks? When you take a sample of fuel, you typically drain six to 12 ounces (cumulative) into the fuel tester from the drain points on a given aircraft. This amounts to roughly 3 million gallons of fuel poured — and wasted — onto airport property each year, according to Aviation Specialties, manufacturer of the GATS (gasoline analysis test separator) jar.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2003

MountainScope moving-map software Moving-map program designers never seem to run out of new ideas and clever ways to present information graphically. Todd Sprague, president of PC Avionics in Rancho Cordova, California, has come up with several neat tricks in his MountainScope moving-map software.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2003

Avionics Innovations/Sirius AI-SSR satellite radio Avionics Innovations (AI), manufacturer of in-flight entertainment systems for general aviation aircraft, has teamed up with Sirius Satellite Radio (SSR) to bring coast-to-coast radio entertainment to GA. The AI-SSR receiver, which was scheduled to begin shipping in February, is dedicated to receiving SSR audio.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2003

A new entrant has joined the fray of companies building electronic flight bags (EFBs). EFBs are scaled-down laptop computers designed to provide everything a pilot needs in the form of weather and navigation information to complete a flight.