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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1998

Beryl D'Shannon Bonanza tip tanks It started out with a phone call to Beryl D'Shannon Aviation to inquire about vortex generators for AOPA's Beech A36 Bonanza. The call ended with our seriously contemplating the addition of tip tanks to what was already a well-equipped (read heavy) A36.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1998

Lowrance AirMap 100 Despite increasingly elaborate feature sets and further emphasis on IFR-approved GPS receivers, the hottest activity continues to surround the low-priced, novelty-laden portables. Garmin has recently revamped its trendsetting GPS 90 into the 92, supplanting the single-channel, sequencing receiver for a 12-channel parallel model; Magellan has added a host of new features to its inexpensive SkyStar Plus and enhanced its larger handheld, the EC-20X; and Lowrance has cast its line into the feeding frenzy with the new AirMap 100.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1998

Northstar's GPS 60 and M3 Approach We recently had the opportunity to fly with two of Northstar Technologies' GPS products, the VFR GPS-60 and the IFR M3 Approach. Both boxes offer impressive capabilities and options for owners who are considering an IFR approach approved GPS, or for those thinking of stepping up to a VFR GPS from a loran.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1998

Aearo Peltor Stratosphere Aearo Peltor has entered a player into the active noise canceling headset arena with the introduction of the model 7104 ANR Stratosphere headset. Peltor engineers have located all of the active noise canceling hardware within the headset ear cups, including the 9-volt battery.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1998

Avidyne Flight Computer Avidyne hopes to make a believer out of everybody who questions the value of a multifunction computer (MFC) in the cockpit. The company is new but holds a potential powerful enough to make even skeptics stand up and take notice.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1998

II Morrow Apollo GX50 and GX60 I Morrow has taken the next logical step in panel-mount IFR GPS evolution — making GPS approaches simpler. Northstar Technologies picked up the ball and began running with it in August 1996 with the approval of its M3 Approach.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1998

Garmin GPS 155XL and GNC 300XL A year ago Garmin introduced us to the GPS 150XL and GNC 250XL, which brought high-resolution LCD moving maps to the company's panel-mounted VFR GPS and GPS/com receivers. Logically, the IFR versions had to be looming in the minds of the Garmin engineers, and today they've delivered with the GPS 155XL TSO and the GNC 300XL TSO.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1998

Magellan Systems' SkyStar Plus Magellan Systems has upgraded its SkyStar handheld GPS receiver with some smart new capabilities, most notable of which are the ability to display man-made obstructions and the addition of information from AOPA's Airport Directory. Magellan has also trimmed the list price of the so-called SkyStar Plus to $649, perhaps to remain competitive with Garmin's GPS III Pilot.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1998

Jeppesen's Guided Flight Discovery Face it — ground school can be downright boring. The texts are usually old and are in need of a major overhaul rather than just a biennial updating to include the latest regulations.

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Article | Dec 01, 1997

When panel mount GPS receivers debuted a few years ago, loran owners were left wondering whether they should upgrade to this new satellite-based navigation. My counsel to members calling AOPA back then was that there was no need to trash a perfectly good loran in favor of a GPS.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1997

LightSpeed 20K ANR Active noise-reduction headsets continue to flourish. In a field that seems almost awash in these high-tech attenuators, there's yet another player.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1997

Pilot Avionics DNC Headset Add one more reasonably priced active noise-canceling headset to this growing market segment. Pilot Avionics' new PA 17-76 Direct Noise Canceling headset, with a $599 suggested retail price (you'll likely be able to buy it for less than $400), does an admirable job of taming harmful noise and frequency levels and is also ergonomically friendly.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1997

Headsets, Inc. ANR conversion kit Headsets, Inc.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1997

II Morrow Apollo SL60 II Morrow has become known for packing a lot of capability into a small space. Take the company's Apollo 360 Map, for example (see "Pilot Products," June Pilot).

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1997

BFGoodrich's Skywatch The technology trickle-down from airliners to general aviation aircraft is very slow, but its eventual arrival is welcome. Such is the case with BFGoodrich Avionics Systems' Skywatch traffic advisory system.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1997

Flight simulator Microsoft's Flight Simulator just keeps getting better and better, or does it? The company sent us a copy of Flight Simulator for Windows 95 to play with. As soon as it was up and running, which took only minutes, a crowd gathered.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1996

Impact Dynamics seats One of the best but lesser-known additions to the 1997 Cessnas currently making their way down the production line in Independence, Kansas, is the improved seats and the accompanying new seat track design. Worn Cessna seat tracks of the previous design could give way under a load, potentially sending the pilot and/or passenger careening aft on takeoff.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1996

JeppView Jeppesen's new CD-ROM delivery system for approach charts, SIDs, STARs, text descriptions, airport diagrams, and Class B charts — called JeppView — is in testing at this writing but was scheduled to be released to the public in October. In the short view, the idea is for pilots to print out a set of approaches and airport diagrams before they leave home, enjoying the advantage of larger-format charts that are easier to read.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1996

Garmin GPSMAP 195 While the warbird procession and the return of Bob Hoover fired up the flightline at Oshkosh this past August, there seemed to be just as much excitement and as many ooohs-and-aahs at the latest offerings from the GPS manufacturers inside the exhibition hangars. One particular product at Garmin's booth created quite a stir — the GPSMap 195, a model that joins the growing field of cartography-equipped moving- map handhelds.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1996

David Clark's strong silent type David Clark is once again a player in the active noise-canceling field. After a difficult start with the now-discontinued DCNC headset, the company that made surgical green famous is trying its hand again with an active set — two, actually, based on the H10-13.4 and next-generation H20-10 headsets.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1996

Garmin GNC 300 Reams have been written about the advent of panel-mount GPS receivers that are IFR-approved for en route purposes and certain nonprecision approaches. But even as these receivers gain more acceptance, the GPS industry just can't sit still.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1996

Telex Airman ANR 200 headset You can consider the application of active noise reduction in one of two ways. One philosophy has the electronic sleight of hand applied to conventional-weight headsets, making devices that are already pretty quiet even more so.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1996

Magellan Skyblazer XL Imagine the pressure on our Olympic competitors this summer. Intense, worldwide scrutiny, the task of representing your homeland in what has become truly high-stakes games.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1996

The next generation Bose It's almost a given that a revolutionary product will spawn imitators. And there's the strong possibility that one company's giant step will in short order become a stationary target, ripe for the picking off.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 1996

Flightcom AiRepeater II Flightcom Corporation, the well-known Portland, Oregon-based intercom and headset maker, has taken over construction and distribution of a product called the AiRepeater. Introduced by PCR Systems three years ago, the AiRepeater is intended to go between a headset and the aircraft radio or intercom for the purpose of recording ATC transmissions.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1996

PC-based systems training Computer Based Training (CBT) software is everywhere nowadays. Whether it's typing skills or nuclear powerplant emergency procedures that need brushing up, there's a software package to help.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1996

New gauges on the horizon The age of electronic engine instrumentation is upon us, and not a moment too soon. With a variety of sources for high-accuracy instrumentation — as opposed to the simple but often inaccurate items we're used to — this arena is becoming full of players.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1996

Sporty's JD-200 transceiver Surprising may be the operative word when discussing Sporty's latest entry in the crowded handheld transceiver market. Priced lower than most ($395), it nonetheless packs top-of-the-line features.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1995

Personal Navigator Manufacturers of moving-map navigation aids have charted different paths. One direction employs a dedicated bit of hardware designed and used solely as a GPS receiver and display.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1995

David Clark H20-10 Evolution seems to come slowly to David Clark's products. The Worcester, Massachusetts, company's familiar surgical-green headsets, long an industry staple, have developed so gradually and seamlessly that it at first looks as though nothing's happened.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 1995

Bendix/King KLX 135A When AlliedSignal introduced the Bendix/King KLX 135 more than two years ago, a new form of panel-mount avionics was in the making — the combined GPS receiver and communications transceiver. Now the field is becoming more crowded, with Northstar selling the SmartComm remote comm module for its M3 GPS, Garmin about to unleash its GNC 250, and Bendix/King preparing its own KLX 100 handheld GPS/comm.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 1995

GPS without precedent In the world of handheld GPS receivers, few things are as certain as rapid change. What we thought was a world-class effort just a year ago has been relegated to the yesterday's-news bin.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 1995

Summertime News Avionics manufacturers have for some time used large airshows in spring and summer to launch new products. But between the big events, there's a vitally important industry show, put on by the Aircraft Electronics Association.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 1995

Garmin GPS 90 Good things, it is said, come in small packages. This could mean, depending upon your fortunes, an envelope full of diamonds, a postcard from the IRS apologizing for all the trouble, or a jewel box containing the keys to a new airplane.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1995

Harper's Ultimate Kneeboard Call your product the "ultimate" anything, and there are bound to be a few raised eyebrows in the crowd. So it may be with Harper Aviation's Ultimate Kneeboard, a strap-to-the-leg affair that purports to hold both Jeppesen and NOS charts, as well as a bevy of at-hand flying necessities.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1995

Bendix/King's brave new GPS Bendix/King has been rightly criticized for being conservative almost to the point of distraction — for jumping on technology bandwagons late and, seemingly, with reluctance. Such a description, however, will not hold true very much longer.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1995

Aerocom Jr intercom At the low end of the portable-intercom spectrum, it is reasonable to expect less. Fewer features, weaker amplifiers, and low-grade fit and finish often denote an intercom whose maker has had to cut corners to cut costs.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1995

Flitestar does windows Software developers who do not embrace Microsoft's Windows graphical user interface do so at their own risk. Today, the vast majority of IBM- compatible machines come with Windows already installed and ready to go.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 1994

Aeronautical engineers spend countless hours trying to reduce airframe drag. (Only to have the manufacturing division tell them that flush glass and perfectly formed skins are out of the question.) As those engineers learned in school, airframe drag comes from two major sources.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 1994

Moving-map displays are all the rage, and it seems we get a new one across our desks about once a month. Some of these come in the form of stand- alone maps/receivers, like the group tested last month ("Black Box Basics: Mapping With the Stars," April Pilot).

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1994

Precision Training Software, Inc., has released version 2.0 of its instrument training software, Instrument Pilot. Although most computer simulation programs are designed to help you practice instrument procedures (see "Computers in Aviation: The PC Approach," November 1993 Pilot), this is possibly the first one that is designed to teach you how to fly on the gauges.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 1994

Though noise-canceling headsets have garnered all the attention in the past couple of years, manufacturers have not forgotten who brung 'em to the dance. The less expensive, but still effective, passive noise- attenuating headsets have benefited from a little tweaking here and there, too.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 1994

Ah, flight bags. Either too big or too small.

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Article | Jun 01, 1993

Flying through rowdy cold fronts, around monster thunderstorms, or in icing conditions certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea. But pilots can learn a great deal from those who have — especially if these experiences are captured on videotape.

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Article | May 01, 1992

SoftComm Electronic BNE headsets Technology trickle-down is real. Just three years ago, Bose Corporation introduced an active-noise-canceling headset to the aviation market, and in the interim years, other players have emerged, including David Clark and Telex.

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Article | Dec 01, 1991

Icom IC-A21 Hand-Held Transceiver Icom America is correctly touting its IC-A21 hand-held transceiver as a "Panel Mount in Your Hand." Indeed, the new IC-A21 offers about all the features of a panel-mount nav/com, plus a couple of more. Unlike most panel-mount or hand-held radios, there are three ways to tune frequencies on the A21 keyboard, up and down scanning, and, new to this model, single-knob tuning, much like you might tune a digital car radio.

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Article | Jun 01, 1991

MentorPlus FliteStar MentorPlus Software, Incorporated's FliteStar is one of a new generation of computerized flight planners to fully exploit the capabilities of color screens, databases, and the point-and-click convenience of the computer mouse. With FliteStar, just point and click at the departure and destination points and waypoints in between.