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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.

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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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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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Pilot Magazine | 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.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

Garmin GNS 430 Visit Garmin headquarters in Olathe, Kansas, and you'll see a company that's feeling its oats. Why? Three reasons.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2000

Clearances on request I had a student pilot who practiced radio communications in his living room. His story may not be so unusual, except for the fact that he took the time to stake out the Boulder (Colorado) Municipal Airport on the carpet, and he enlisted his wife to act as another airplane in the pattern.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2000

BFGoodrich announces integrated avionics suite BFGoodrich is developing a self-contained primary instrument system that integrates all flight avionics and display equipment for general aviation aircraft. The integrated SmartDeck system builds on the company's successful lightning detection, collision avoidance, terrain warning, and standby instrumentation systems, adding primary flight instruments, navigation, weather, and engine monitoring functions.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2000

Virtual Wings Professional I was at 7,500 feet headed north, far from an airport and about to enter clouds where there was known icing. There was massive turbulence as the last drops of fuel were consumed by the Cessna 172.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2000

Lightspeed 25XL headset Lightspeed Aviation of Portland, Oregon, is no newcomer to the crowded active noise-reduction (ANR) headset arena, having introduced its 20K headset in 1996 (see "Pilot Products: Lightspeed 20K ANR," November 1997 Pilot). All of its subsequent headsets were ANR models as well.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2000

Flight Sim 2000 Professional Edition Microsoft uses the phrase "as real as it gets" to describe its popular flight simulator program, and the latest version indicates that the phrase is becoming an axiom. Before going much further, I should tell you about the potential for bias in any review of Flight Simulator 2000 by AOPA, particularly this AOPA editor.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2000

Garmin GPSMAP 295 One of the best handheld GPS units on the market just got a little better and a whole lot more colorful. Garmin's GPSMAP 195 has been among the most lusted-after aviation products since its introduction in 1996.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2000

Power Flow Systems’ Cessna 172 exhaust As you’ve probably heard, there’s no such thing as free horsepower. But in the case of Power Flow Systems’ tuned exhaust for Cessna 172s, you can increase the power of your Skyhawk by extracting more exhaust from the engine—and not too much cash from your wallet.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2000

Electronics International UBG-16 Electronics International (EI) has shaken up the engine analyzer market with the introduction of its UBG-16. UBG stands for Ultimate Bar Graph, and the 16 denotes the number of channels of information that the instrument can display.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2000

Breath of Life emergency oxygen system The crash of a Learjet 35 carrying golfer Payne Stewart brought renewed interest in high-altitude flight physiology. How is it that all of those on board the airplane failed to realize that they were becoming hypoxic? Perhaps it was one of hypoxia’s side effects—fatigue and lethargy, or euphoria and giddiness—that assured the crew and passengers of the Learjet that things were fine as they barreled up to the flight levels.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1999

Jeppesen FliteMap/FliteStar 8.0 Jeppesen's popular FliteStar flight-planning software, a program that serves as the basis for the Jeppesen moving-map program called FliteMap, has undergone a revolution — not an evolution — in version 8.0. All versions of the product now use the rewritten software, from the $149 FliteStar VFR to the corporate version that can reach prices well over $1,000, depending on the options selected.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

J.P. Instruments EDM-800 If development of engine-monitoring equipment is a drag race, then J.P.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1999

Quiet Flight cabin noise-canceling system In the seemingly eternal quest for the quiet cockpit, a few owners of high-end turboprops have opted for cabin noise-canceling systems. But at a cost of $35,000 for these systems, owners of smaller airplanes are, shall we say, not interested.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1999

S-Tec GPSS S-Tec Corporation used EAA AirVenture '99 in Oshkosh to launch two new autopilots and a new product that will pique the interest of many airplane owners, especially those who already own S-Tec autopilots and a high-end GPS receiver. Continuing the company's tradition of not orphaning its current stable of owners, S-Tec introduced GPSS, or GPS Steering, which allows the company's new and existing lines of autopilots to receive roll-steering commands from many panel-mounted GPS units.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1999

PS Engineering Aerocom III PS Engineering has taken the most desirable features of its high-end panel-mount systems and incorporated them into an affordable and portable package. This small Tennessee company, which pioneered the integration of audio panel/intercom systems for light airplanes, recently introduced the Aerocom III, a two-place portable intercom.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1999

Skyforce Skymap IIIC Since our last review of the Skyforce Sky-map in February 1997, a lot has changed. The British company was bought by aerospace giant AlliedSignal, the display is now in eye-pleasing color, and the price has climbed to $2,670.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1999

Bendix/King KFC 225 AlliedSignal recently introduced its Bendix/King KFC 225 Automatic Flight Control System, a follow-on to the company's KFC 150/200 series of autopilots found in many high-end general aviation airplanes. Advanced autopilot functions abound in the KFC 225.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1999

Magellan EC-20X In the size war of handheld moving-map GPS receivers, the Magellan EC-20X will take the prize for having the biggest screen of a "portable." The screen measures seven inches diagonally and is sharper than that of any handheld we've seen. Because of its size, though, it wouldn't quite be correct to call the EC-20X a handheld.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1999

Icom IC-A4 Less is often more, and that applies to the IC-A4, Icom's entrant into the miniature handheld transceiver market. It is the primary competitor of Yaesu's new Aviator Pro handheld, which entered the market a few months after the Icom model.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1999

JP Instruments EDM-700 Electronic engine analyzers — instruments that monitor the vital signs of your engine — have become tremendously popular. One manufacturer, JP Instruments, has pulled away from the field by offering new features and capabilities almost yearly.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1999

Sandel SN3308 HSI Instrument pilots love the horizontal situation indicator (HSI) and it's easy to see why. Combining directional gyro information with the primary navigation display greatly simplifies the instrument scan and provides far better situational awareness.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1999

Yaesu VXA-100 handhelds "They're so small!" That is the universal reaction from pilots who saw Yaesu's two new handheld models — a communications-only radio and a navcom — during testing by AOPA Pilot. Anything that can make the flight bag lighter is much appreciated.