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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.

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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.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2003

PS Engineering PXE7300 It's safe to say that when they began PS Engineering in 1985, Eric Persson and Mark Scheuer (the P and S in the company name) had no idea of the evolution that aircraft audio would undergo. Almost two decades ago, the company launched the "sorely needed" Aerocom intercom, according to Scheuer, and it takes another leap forward with its combined AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, the PXE7300.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2002

Digital Cyclone Pilot My-Cast Ever make it out to the airport for a cross-country flight only to find that you can't make your usual last-minute check of the Nexrad radar because the FBO doesn't open until 9 a.m.? A new service from Digital Cyclone allows you to check Nexrad radar and METAR/TAF information on a Java-enabled cellular phone. We tested the service, Pilot My-Cast, using a Motorola i95cl cellular phone with a color screen measuring 1.5 by 1.8 inches.