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Lightspeed PFX gets personal

Pilot Magazine | Oct 03, 2014

With all the recent attention to in-ear and on-ear headsets, Lightspeed has fired back with a cutting edge new over-the-ear model that takes noise attenuation and audio processing to new levels.

Products: Do you FlyQ?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2012

You've asked for it, and now it's here. AOPA now offers members a free, full-function airport information and flight planning iPhone application, which also works on the iPad.

Products: A range of rescue devices

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2012

The key to surviving the ordeal of a crash or off-airport landing is making sure someone knows you are missing--and where to start looking for you. Numerous devices are available on the market to help.

Products: Anywhere Map Septa

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2012

The first question to ask yourself when looking at a dedicated GPS unit at a price point of anywhere more than about $600 is, why?

Green flight challenge

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2011

In this nation's history, the inevitable transition from horse to train to automobile had its share of forward thinkers, dreamers, charlatans, fools, and luminaries. New wasn't always better, and an argument could always be made that any emerging technology had flaws so deep in its DNA that it would never succeed.

Challenges: Powerless flight

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

I had anticipated that my first few moments of unpowered flight might be disconcerting. (The engine failures I've had in single-engine airplanes over the years sure created some anxious moments.) But separating from the towplane 3,000 feet over the heavily forested ridges of the Allegheny Mountains of central Pennsylvania produces just the opposite effect.

Family rocket

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2011

Going through 90 knots I raise the nosewheel about six inches off the pavement, hold the pitch attitude, and wait a moment. Takeoff in an Aerostar is more like a jet than a piston-powered airplane. With a wing loading of 33.6 pounds per square foot - twice that of what I've been flying - and a NACA 64-series airfoil it shares with the Learjet, it doesn’t just float off the ground. It rolls on the mains for a few seconds, still accelerating hard, and then flies cleanly off.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2011

Sennheiser S1 Capitalists rejoice! More competition is among us. Sennheiser introduces a new headset this month: the top-end S1.

Pilot Products: Heavy tugs, cool air

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2011

Redline Sidewinder Who: Redline SidewinderWhat: Battery Operated aircraft tugWhere: www.aircraftspruce.comWhy: Because you need one tug, not five that don't workCost: $1,600 Pros: Well-built is an understatement Battery means no more small-engine repair Can be folded and stowed in the baggage compartment Cons: Somewhat difficult to put on Heavy If you are like some aircraft owners, you have a collection of tugs sitting broken, half-forgotten in the corner of your hangar. That's because for some reason the idea of tugs attracts home inventors and quasi entrepreneurs almost as much as aviation flashlights.