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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2002

UltraFlite headset UltraFlite marries a lightweight headband with a boom mic to what appears to be a set of earplugs attached to thin, clear tubing. The earplugs are sized to fit snugly in the ear canals of 90 percent of pilots, as the tubing delivers sound directly into the ears.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2002

Flightcom Classic ANR headset Other headset companies had better watch their six, as the fighter pilots like to say. (In case you don't speak fighter pilot, that means be careful of who is behind you.) At $389, the Flightcom Classic ANR (active noise reduction) headset appears to offer all the advantages of comparable noise-canceling headsets costing twice as much.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

Microvision Nomad HUD Microvision, a company established in 1993 that specializes in precision optical scanning systems and related displays, has developed a portable head-up display (HUD) for use in general aviation aircraft. The Nomad Personal Flight Display System centers a small transparent screen in front of the pilot's dominant eye, enabling electronic flight information system (EFIS) data to be projected directly onto the pilot's retina.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2002

Laminar Flow speed mods Speed rules. And with all the mods out there to turn your bugsmasher into a rocket, you may wonder how money turns into speed.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

Avidyne EX5000 The multifunction display (MFD) world consists of some heavy hitters, all with varying compatibility and usability for the pilot in the mood (and in the money) to upgrade to glass. Last fall, Avidyne announced its next contender, the extra-large FlightMax EX series, including the EX5000C and EX3000C for Cirrus aircraft, and the EX5000 for the aftermarket.

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Article | Jun 01, 2002

Quiet Flight ANCS After a long flight, it takes awhile before you really stop moving. The hours of absorbing vibration from the engine and propeller leave our bodies tired and our minds in a fog.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2002

AvMap EKP-IIIc Most pilots long for a large panel-mount color moving map, but not everyone has the budget or space for one. Now there's a less expensive alternative that requires no installation and no panel space.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2002

SureCheck TPAS With all the excitement going on inside the cockpit these days, it's hard to keep your eyes focused outside, where they belong 90 percent of the time. While digital wizardry — in the form of traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS) in commercial aircraft — also keeps metal from meeting metal, this month we ask if a less expensive traffic advisory system can help you locate potential conflicts in a seemingly empty sky.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2002

Sporty's SP-200 nav/com A handheld transceiver usually rates as one of the must-have items in a pilot's flight bag, right up there with a headset, a flashlight, a lucky charm, and a dog-eared NASA ASRS form. While the lure of unhurried flight in a pre-1950, fabric-covered taildragger rose-tinges our daydreams, today's reality means that even in that time-travel aircraft it's a good idea to have an aerial walkie-talkie to keep you out of hot water.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2002

Power Flow for the Cherokee 140 The Piper Cherokee 140 matches a moderately powered engine to a forgiving wing for stable and predictable performance. But there are times when a mountain ridge looms ahead, or the trees at the end of the runway look taller than usual, that the pilot of a 140 may want a little more guts than the 140- to 160-horsepower engine up front normally allows.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2002

S-Tec's GPSS An autopilot has traditionally been one of the most expensive items in an airplane. Besides the obvious convenience, autopilots provide a major safety benefit — especially to those of us flying single-pilot.

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Article | Dec 01, 2001

Training for the KLN 89B/94 In a recent issue (see "Pilot Products: GPS Trainer From ASA," August Pilot) we reviewed a computer-based method of upgrading your GPS expertise. But there are pilots who, at the end of a long day at the office, would rather be ramp-checked than sit in front of a monitor.

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Article | Nov 01, 2001

AOPA Flight Explorer Personal Edition AOPA's new Certified Service, flight tracking from Flight Explorer, tells you a lot more than just when your pilot friends will arrive in a personal aircraft (they must be on an IFR flight plan or use flight-following services). It can also tell you when to expect peak IFR traffic at your next destination.

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Article | Oct 01, 2001

Panther Electronics C.A.T. System headset For years headset manufacturers have tried to make the traditional aviation headset as comfortable as possible.

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Article | Sep 01, 2001

J.P. Instruments Fuel Scan 450 Fuel — or, more correctly, a lack of fuel — is the leading cause of engine stoppage in general aviation aircraft.

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Article | Aug 01, 2001

GPS Trainer from ASA While global positioning system (GPS) receiver manufacturers provide a variety of training materials on their particular units, a lot of pilots — especially those who rent aircraft — are faced with learning multiple boxes. Enter Aviation Supplies and Academics' new GPS Trainer, a CD-ROM that covers operations of three popular IFR-approved GPS receivers.

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Article | Jul 01, 2001

Control Vision AnywhereMap What if you had a handheld GPS receiver that offered a full-color moving-map display, detailed airport information, and flight-planning software; cost less than $1,200; and weighed less than a pound? If the system works well, you would have one heck of a deal. Enter Control Vision's AnywhereMap for Pocket PC.

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Article | Jun 01, 2001

Micro Aerodynamics vortex generators With so many modifications to aircraft available to help you pursue higher and faster performance, it's refreshing to explore what you can do to make the bottom of the flight envelope a more pleasant experience. Vortex generators (VGs) are well known in twin-engine circles, where they add so much controllability at slow speeds that VMC (minimum control airspeed) can be reduced substantially — greatly increasing safety.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2001

Lightspeed QFR Solo and X-C headsets You can't have it both ways — you're going to have to choose a headset, and it's going to be either a solid passive model or a reliable active noise reduction (ANR) set. That's the tough decision to make.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2001

Compiled by Julie K. Boatman With the proliferation of personal digital assistants (PDAs), such as the popular Palm Pilot series and Handspring's Visor, it was only a matter of time before aviation-related applications for PDAs exploded onto the market.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2001

Honeywell Bendix/King's KLN 94 Bendix/King, operating under the Honeywell banner since the 1999 buyout, has come out, albeit belatedly, with a new IFR GPS receiver. Dubbed the KLN 94, this unit is yet another entry in the competition to provide more general aviation pilots with graphics-dense, high-resolution color displays.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2001

LoPresti Boom Beam It's hard to think of a light bulb as "high tech," but in fact the new Boom Beam landing light system from LoPresti Speed Merchants is just that. One of the biggest problems with conventional incandescent and halogen landing lights is that normal vibration from our piston engines tends to quickly break their filaments, resulting in burned-out bulbs.

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Article | Dec 01, 2000

Garmin NavTalk Pilot Ladies and gentlemen, the $100 hamburger is officially a thing of the past. Now, with Garmin's new NavTalk Pilot, you can have a $3,000 pizza, ordered straight from the cockpit and delivered to a ramp near you.

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Article | Nov 01, 2000

ATD-200 Air Traffic Detector The thought of a midair collision strikes fear into the heart of any pilot, so when one occurred near our home airport, I went looking for protection. Unfortunately, I learned that collision-avoidance equipment generally requires an investment of $5,000 or more plus installation, well beyond my personal budget.