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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.

Pilot Products: New Zulu for you

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2011

Lightspeed Zulu Who: Lightspeed ZuluWhat: High quality ANR headsetWhere: www.lightspeedaviation.comWhy: It's one of the top headsets on the marketCost: $900 Pros: Excellent headset on all fronts Great customer service Trade-up program makes it within reach Cons: Good headsets like Zulu are pricey Fans of Lightspeed’s Zulu headset have another reason to spend money—there’s a new Zulu. The new model has an updated look with a more angular ear cup and redesigned ear seals.

Pilot Products: Odds and Ends

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2011

Flight bag designs have exploded in recent years to the point that it’s hard to remember that pilots used to carry everything in a briefcase or other improvised sacks. And while flight bags may fit under the nice-to-have category, new market offerings are making them hard to resist.

Pilot Products: New Ideas

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2011

Chartflier EFB Chartflier EFB Who: Essential Flight Technology Chartflier EFBWhat: Subscription not required, weather and limited traffic, electronic approach platesWhere: www.essentialflight.usWhy: ADS-B is the future, and Chartflier is a good valueCost: $149 for an annual subscription; tablet and ADS-B receiver options on website Pros: Easy to use, reliable chart backup Free weather and some traffic Inexpensive software Cons: ADS-B not yet available nationwide Our tests were sometimes buggy Electronic approach plate and moving-map hardware and software applications are so ubiquitous now that the choices are getting downright confusing. One of the many options, Essential Filght Technology’s Chartflier Electronic Flight Bag, can be summed up in four familiar letters—ADS-B.

Pilot Products: Online flight planners

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

When it comes to flight planning, modern technology and innovation has given us untold options. You can still plan with paper and pencil, but computer programs and websites can do it faster, and often much better.

Pilot Products: Seen at Sun 'n Fun

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2010

Sun ’n Fun is the year’s first major airshow, and it allows pilots and aviation enthusiasts to see, touch, and experience the latest and greatest products manufacturers have been working on over the winter. This year the focus was again on new airplanes, instrument panels, and the like, but there were a few new and fun products throughout the hangars that should appeal to most pilots and aircraft owners.

Pilot Products: Active noise-canceling headsets

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2010

Finding the right headset is a fine art. Between the various features, and that one critical component—fit—it can be difficult to find the one for you.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Flying over woods, mountains, lakes, or plains? You’ll want this gear. Unfortunately things can and do go wrong in airplanes.

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Article | Dec 08, 2009

Pilots upgrading to more advanced aircraft or those looking for a refresher and resource have a new option in Max Trescott’s GPS and WAAS Instrument Flying Handbook. The training book starts at the beginning, explaining the well-known functions of direct-to and flight plans, and progresses through advanced knobology in the Bendix/King KLN94 and Garmin series of GPS units.

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Article | Nov 02, 2009

Where there’s one, they’re three. When Amazon launched the Kindle DX in May, it was clear this was the format companies had been waiting for to introduce electronic approach plates.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

Beyerdynamic HS 600 DANR Breaking into the ever-saturated aviation headset market must be a challenge. It’s no surprise then that relatively new entrant Beyerdynamic went above and beyond with some new and compelling features when it introduced its new headset.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2009

Aftermarket interior lights Owners of older airplanes with notoriously poor interior lighting now have an inexpensive, creative, and simple solution to the problem. Make-It Manufacturing has introduced two new cockpit lights—the Pilot Light Pro and the Map Light Pro.

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Article | Aug 03, 2009

Jeppesen VFR+GPS charts Jeppesen recently introduced a chart for the rest of us called the VFR+GPS chart. It’s a resource that fits the new world of VFR GPS flying perfectly.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2009

Nonpilots are often surprised to find that light airplanes seldom have air conditioning systems—at a time when nearly every new car has one. Explain the weight and mechanical complexity of such systems, and passengers quickly understand.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

EZ Clear EZ Clear is distributed by Plastek LLC and is primarily a polymer-based cleaner (no alcohol) for aircraft windows, instruments, and LCD screens. Although the large manufacturers of glass-cockpit technology have not yet endorsed the cleaner, the ingredient that can damage glass-cockpit screens is alcohol.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

The Airplane: How Ideas Gave Us Wings Are you the pilot who always finds himself lost during those hangar-flying discussions of aviation trivia? You’ve heard of the Wright brothers, but not Glenn Curtiss. Or maybe friends ask you unique aviation questions that you just don’t have the answers for.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

Sennheiser HMEC 250 Headset A long trip in a Cirrus SR22 with a propeller turning 2,500 rpm is a tough test for any headset. A recent four-hour trip provided an opportunity to test Sennheiser’s new noise-cancelling HMEC250.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2009

Qref avionics checklists It’s a daunting task to write a reference book that decodes what, to me at least, has always been one of the most capable but thoroughly frustrating and confusing pieces of avionics ever devised for general aviation: Garmin’s GNS 480/CNX 80. Granted, I’ve only flown GNS 480-equipped airplanes irregularly.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2009

BrightLine Flight Bags There’s a place for everything and everything in its place. This expression, which dates back to the early 1800s, certainly rings true.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Aerous VX3 by JH Audio It’s not often that a completely new headset design comes along, so we were excited when we first heard about the Aerous VX3 from JH Audio. The VX3 is an in-ear headset with custom molded earpieces designed by longtime music engineer Jerry Harvey.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Sporty’s online courses Imagine never having to hump 10 pounds of flight training books back and forth to your lessons. Sporty’s Pilot Shop has made that possible with its new online training courses.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

Reader Plates If you are of the mind that technology should make life easier or more efficient, then chances are you’ll love Reader Plates, a new service that offers all the approach plates for the country in a convenient format. New advances in portable reader systems have allowed Reader Plates to offer a copy of all the NACO approach plates for the country in a device that weighs only 9 ounces and is the size of a small notebook.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2008

Stay Sealed fuel cap cover Leaky fuel caps are a safety issue. The new Stay Sealed aircraft fuel cap cover was designed to keep the water out of an airplane’s fuel tanks.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2008

King Schools G1000 training software You’ll find 10 CDs in the King Schools binder that teach everything you need to know about the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit. Separate courses cover VFR and IFR operations, while a final CD covers the new GFC700 autopilot.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2008

Nav Monster There is a plethora of flight planning resources available to pilots, each with its own niche and presentation, including right here at aopa.org. A relatively new swimmer in the pool is Nav Monster, a free Web-based application offering flight planning, weather, and airport and airspace resources.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2008

Garmin GPSMAP 495 Garmin recently introduced a new handheld GPS called the GPSMAP 495. The 495 is a essentially a GPSMAP 496, without XM Weather and U.S.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2008

WxWorx on Wings XM WX Satellite Weather now offers WxWorx on Wings, a service designed to broadcast XM WX’s weather products into the cockpit using laptop computers, electronic flight bags (EFBs), and tablet personal computers. WxWorx on Wings is available on AvMap’s EKP-IV ($1,499), EKP-IV PRO ($1,999), GeoPilot II ($799), and GeoPilot II Plus ($1,299) portable navigation systems.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2008

This month’s edition of “Pilot Products” is dedicated to obtaining weather information through cellular telephones. Some of the various products made for mobile Web applications, while others rely solely on text messaging.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Powerful Learning's 'VFR Pilot Review System' Powerful Learning, a new entrant to the general aviation training market, recently introduced its VFR Pilot Review System as a tool to keep basic VFR knowledge fresh for pilots. The software is a great way to prepare for a flight review or to use as a refresher tool.

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Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2008

Lightspeed Zulu Headset Not since Bose introduced its first noise-canceling aviation headset in the late 1980s has there been such a buzz over an active noise-reduction headset. The Lightspeed Zulu is the company’s best headset ever, and by all indications Lightspeed has knocked the competition out of the park.

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Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2008

Gear to survive: Be fully prepared with these products What follows is a small sampling of various survival products available on the market today for the general aviation airplane and pilot. Although many survival items are geared to high-end operators or the airlines, and are thus heavy and expensive, more affordable options are coming to the market that make fully equipping yourself and your aircraft a no-brainer.

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Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2007

Plane-Power Power-Flex voltage regulator Voltage regulators are a common problem spot for older aircraft, and finding good replacement parts has historically been difficult. Plane-Power recently introduced what it thinks will finally be a viable alternative for owners—the Power-Flex voltage regulator.

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Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

Xerion's AuRACLE Engine Management System The AuRACLE Engine Management System monitors and displays every conceivable engine operating parameter on a single 5-inch sunlight-readable color screen, and it's now approved by supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in Beechcraft Bonanza A36s. The 6.25-inch by 4.5-inch unit is approved to replace primary instruments.

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Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2007

Some of the best product demonstrations happen on the fly — or at The Fly Market — at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh every year. This year's show was no different, with these new or improved products topping our editor's list of favorites for the week.

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Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2007

Beyerdynamic HS 300 headset Not often does a new player come into the aviation headset market, so we were excited to hear about Beyerdynamic, a well-established German audio headset company, joining the fray. Since headsets are notoriously personal, we welcome another option in the search for the perfect fit.

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Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2007

Downtube folding bike Since my first days on the job as new-products editor for Pilot, it seems I've been a magnet for folding bikes. We've tested a few, pedal-powered and motorized — and they all offer great utility for pilots.

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Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2007

Sun 'n Fun's greatest hits Our AOPA Pilot staff reported from the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in April with the following new products debuting or on the horizon for pilots and owners. For additional coverage of Sun 'n Fun, see AOPA Online.

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Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2007

Gill 7638-44 24V sealed battery Battery shelf life has been a persistent concern among aircraft owners — anyone who has to leave an airplane for several weeks either tied down outside or in a hangar without electrical service knows the fire drill associated with resuscitating a half-dead battery. A new sealed 24-volt battery from Gill Batteries, a subsidiary of Teledyne Technologies, addresses this problem.

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Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2007

SPRING TRAINING Jeppesen/Cirrus training If you're old enough, you may recall self-paced Jeppesen Sanderson training programs at your local flight school. An audiotape would present information and beep periodically to advance a coordinated filmstrip.

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Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

TravelScoot Flying offers tremendous mobility to pilots and their passengers — in fact, for many pilots, once they get to a destination, mobility on the ground becomes a far greater challenge. Hardy Huber, a 50-year pilot, skydiver, and builder of a 1993 Wheeler Express, has designed and introduced the TravelScoot, a motorized, foldable scooter for pilots and passengers who have limited mobility.

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Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2007

AvMap EKP-IV It's been almost two years (see "Pilot Products," March 2005 Pilot) since we last reviewed C-Map Aviation's AvMap EKP-IV (the division of the company producing it is now called AvMap Navigation), and some significant improvements have been made since then. The updated EKP-IV offers a large, bright display, even on sunny days.