AOPA Pilot Town Meetings will now feature an added attraction, "Gadget Corner," highlighting new, unique, or unusual gadgets that pilots may find useful to make flying safer, more enjoyable, or more affordable. AOPA Pilot Town Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. and are open to all pilots without charge.
The first "Gadget Corner" feature will present an electronic checklist program usable in personal digital assistants (PDAs). Called "AVcheck," the shareware program is the first gadget to be featured in the new section of AOPA Pilot Town Meetings.
The new "Gadget Corner" segment was developed along the lines of a similar feature in ABC TV's Wide World of Flying, which Boyer produced and hosted in the 1980s while a senior vice president with that television network.
The AVcheck program, developed by a private pilot who flies Cessna 152s and 172s, allows pilots to customize an electronic checklist, create sections within the checklist, and even attach notes.
Among other features, AVcheck allows a view of the entire checklist, automatic sequencing of flight phases, a "checkoff" box for completed items, and the ability to defer items. AVcheck is downloadable from Stormgate Communications.
Since the first AOPA Pilot Town Meeting in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1992, Boyer has reported personally to some 50,000 pilots at nearly 300 meetings in all parts of the nation. The meetings use fast-paced, vivid PowerPoint shows and video clips to reveal "insider" perspectives on important issues affecting GA pilots.
More than 380,000 pilots—nearly 60 percent of all active pilots in the United States—are members of AOPA.