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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.