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Real Time Measurement of Airplane Flutter via Distributed Acoustic Sensing. Bakhoum, Ezzat G.; Zhang, Cheng; Cheng, Marvin H. Report Sep 1, 2020 4036
Instrument Repairs: Still Cheaper Than EFIS: But for complex instruments facing obsolescence, upgrading to solid-state glass makes better sense. Think long-term and consider the warranty. Anglisano, Larry Column Apr 1, 2019 2716
Passing The Ride. Personal account Apr 1, 2019 326
121.5 MHz ELTs: Prohibited By FCC: Old 121.5 MHz ELT technology has been dying a slow death and a new ruling by the FCC finally puts the nails in the coffin for sales and certification. Anglisano, Larry Feb 1, 2019 688
Aspen EFD1000 E5: Low Cost, But Stark: Aspen's new budget-based retrofit EFIS has a crisp display and IFR capability, but its feature set is limited to basic flight instruments. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2019 2029
More Low-Cost EFIS: Prices Tumble Lower; Startup AeroVonics has two multifunction instruments intended to replace vacuum gyros. Dynon adds syn vision to the new D3 portable. Bertorelli, Paul Sep 1, 2018 1269
Good To Go? We want everything on the aircraft to work before flight, but when something is inoperative, you'll need to do some research to determine if it's airworthy. Berry, Mike Jul 1, 2018 2196
EFIS Market Scan: Some Price Breaks: But all-in upgrades won't be dirt cheap. Aspen's E5 leads for now, and our eyes are laser-focused on BendixKing's XVue and Garmin's G3X Touch. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2018 2668
Levil BOM: Wind-Powered Backup: The BOM is a self-contained, self-powered external ADAHRS. Its real value may be more convenience than redundancy. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2018 1413
ASA CX-3 Computer: Simple, Full Featured: ASA updates the CX-series E6-B electronic flight computer with a color display, faster processor and slimmer footprint. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2018 1696
Structural Damage Detection Using Nonlinear Vibrations. Carminati, M.; Ricci, S. Report Jan 1, 2018 9118
Portable SXM Receivers: Separated By Apps: For Garmin Pilot, the twin receiver GDL52 has SXM, ADS-B weather and traffic, plus attitude data. For ForeFlight, the utilitarian SXAR-1 is a solid performer. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Nov 1, 2017 2875
Sub-$200 ADS-B: Scout Versus RXWX: The uAvionix Scout is tiny and completely plug-and-play, but a pre-built Stratux-based system like the RXWX offers far more capability for the same price. West, Jeff Van Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2017 2003
Altitude encoders: Cheaper if not smaller: as ADS-B demand ramps up, so go encoder sales. Price competition is fierce and Trans-Cal has responded with a new model. Bertorelli, Paul Jul 1, 2017 2144
Budget EFIS shootout: Dynon versus Garmin: priced below $3000, Dynon's D10A and Garmin's G5 are approved for Part 23 aircraft, but you still need backup instruments and neither has nav functions. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2017 3073
More ForeFlight WX: SiriusXM's SXAR-1: if free ADS-B weather isn't enough, you can now play SiriusXM satellite broadcast weather on the popular ForeFlight tablet app for 40 bucks per month. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2017 795
NavWorx ADS-B: non-compliance AD. Jan 1, 2017 415
Budget fuel totalizers: insight, Shadin tops: we favor Insight's TrueFlow500 sensor for primary GPS interface and the Shadin Flo series for its various mounting options. Anglisano, Larry Jun 1, 2016 2369
Garmin G5 EFIS: standalone, integrated: Garmin's $1200 G5 EFIS was designed for LSA and experimentals, but an STC approval could bring stiff competition to Dynon's EFIS-D10A. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2016 1465
Eye aligner: a sight for flight: a portable version of the seat height adjustment spheres found in jets helps you dial in the proper view over the glareshield. We think it's worth a try. Anglisano, Larry Jun 1, 2016 469
Garmin GMA350c: wireless, voice command. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2015 2453
Stratus 1S and 2S: more features, reliability: Stratus 1S has features and a price to attract the VFR pilot while the 2S unabashedly aims at sophisticated IFR, corporate and airline users. Durden, Rick Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2015 552
SkyVision Salus-3: portable ADS-B out, in: at $1100, the SkyVision Salus-3 could be the ultimate ADS-B solution the market has been waiting for, but only if the FAA gives it the regulatory nod. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2015 2791
Garmin G600/500; upgraded for ADS-B: Garmin modernizes its G600/500-series retrofit PFD to display ADS-B traffic and weather, 13 Stormscope data, plus better mapping and charting. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2015 963
Backup. Burnside, Jeb Editorial May 1, 2015 458
L-3 Lynx ADS-B: scalable, WAAS enabled. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2015 3327
Dynon's WiFi interface: simple, dirt-cheap. Anglisano, Larry Apr 1, 2015 485
Garmin GDL69 SXM: price ADS-B instead: Garmin has a replacement for older GDL69 XM receivers, but upgrading to the GDL88 ADS-B receiver could be a better long-term strategy. Anglisano, Larry Apr 1, 2015 1060
Latest ADS-B deals: install kills value. Anglisano, Larry Apr 1, 2015 652
Budget IFR upgrades: used Garmin 430W wins. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Feb 1, 2015 2527
Biometric avionics: not there yet. Editorial Nov 1, 2014 602
BendixKing redux: No killer products yet: BendixKing says its revised line of third-party products is the first step in gaining market traction. So far, it hasn't touched Garmin's spot at the top. Anglisano, Larry Nov 1, 2014 1723
Cheap flight timers: no frills functionality. Bowlin, Frank Buyers guide Nov 1, 2014 1971
Virtual glideslopes: your WAAS-enabled GPS navigator can lead you into the weeds when flying a published vertical descent angle or using a generated glideslope. Burnside, Joseph E. Oct 1, 2014 1250
Which approach is which? Oct 1, 2014 339
Regaining sa. Brief article Oct 1, 2014 149
Garmin GDL39 3D: virtual pitch and roll: Garmin's updated portable ADS-B receiver puts an attitude indicator on the revised Pilot app. A smaller footprint would make it easier to manage. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2014 700
Instrument upkeep: repairing saves money: but a teardown overhaul from a reputable shop is often the best long-term strategy. For ancient models, upgrading makes the most sense. Anglisano, Larry Jan 1, 2014 2569
Fixing old avionics: think long term: repairing old avionics is a short-term solution. Before committing to a repair, shop the used market and get a quote for new and used replacements. Anglisano, Larry Jun 1, 2013 1817
Good riddance. Bowlin, Frank Jan 1, 2013 559
High-latitude approach: most of us never look at the old whiskey compass in the cockpit, but it represents the cornerstone of navigation. Think you can get where you're going if you can't use it? Smith, Lee Jan 1, 2013 740
iPad mini: size is right: the mini is more cockpit friendly than the iPad, but screen glare is still a pain. Wireless models lack GPS. Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2013 1811
EFIS backups: worth the expense? An emerging market of standby EFIS displays tempt the budget with jet cockpit appeal. We look at three models worth considering. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jan 1, 2013 1844
Buttonology. Dec 1, 2012 365
Making IMC transitions: it's often less than a minute of flight at the beginning and the end, but screwing it up can be expensive at best--and fatal at worst. The key is trusting instruments over eyeballs. van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2012 1453
When you're only going IMC for the final 30 seconds. Oct 1, 2012 406
Glass panel upkeep: inspections, software: maintaining glass panels means complying with FAR inspections, upgrading software and swapping pricey sensors. Consider an extended warranty. Anglisano, Larry Oct 1, 2012 1902
Dynon D1 Pocket EFIS: affordable backup: stick it in an empty instrument hole or on a suction mount and off you go. Internal battery and built-in GPS are plusses. Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2012 966
Garmin's ADS-B WX: one box amidst many: Garmin's GDL 39 receiver for ADS-B weather and traffic works well. However, it's not the smallest or cheapest, nor does it play with the most popular apps. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2012 1608
Which Garmin retrofit: G500 or G600? Two retrofit PFD systems that look the same but aren't created equal. The buy decision depends almost entirely on what class of airplane you fly. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2012 1254
How to train a drag-on: GA airplanes have redundancy of many critical systems, but the one pilot is still a potential single-point failure. We can offset that with whatever or whomever we have on hand. Vandersluis, Jeremy May 1, 2012 1215
A fling at the dalles: helicopter ifr requires some serious equipment and its own instrument rating. but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun trying it out, at least virtually. Apr 1, 2012 1386
When low IFR isn't low enough. Brief article Apr 1, 2012 255
Dynon Skyview: budget sophistication: expandable glass for LSAs with a rich user interface, high-res displays and dynamic autopilot integration. It's priced right, too. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2012 2340
EFIS owner survey: a few warts, not cheap. Jan 1, 2012 992
Prog'd precipitation: plenty of pilots peruse the prog charts with only the vaguest sense of what they really mean--especially when it comes to forecast precipitation. Here's what you need to know. Dennstaedt, Scott Dec 1, 2011 1013
Less than zero: sometimes success turns on noticing the oddball item that doesn't seem right, but is. Other times, something seems reasonable--but turns out to be dead wrong. Nov 1, 2011 905
Aircraft cheat sheets: if you fly irregularly, in more than one type of aircraft, or are just learning to fly on instruments, cheat sheets go a long way towards confidence in IMC. Coyne, Michael Nov 1, 2011 1573
TIS vs. TAS. Ritter, Bill Brief article Oct 1, 2011 153
New iPad hardware: lots of potential: for something that's really a beefed-up cell phone at heart, this device is surprisingly versatile in the cockpit. Add-on hardware is extending its reach. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Oct 1, 2011 1795
Planned abort points: some critical decisions must be made before you have time to think them through. Preload your actions so you don't get caught wondering, "Is this going to work out?". Sep 1, 2011 2525
The perfect paperless IFR bag: we used to haul around a binder that skewed aircraft weight and balance. Now it's a headset, an iPad and a flashlight to carry the dead batteries. What's the right bag for today's IFR? West, Jeff Van Sep 1, 2011 1189
Avidyne goes after garmin's 530. Sep 1, 2011 433
Angle of attack. Froelich, Robert Brief article Aug 1, 2011 205
iPad kneeboards: waiting for perfection: while no solution was ideal, we liked the simplicity of MyClip. Skyhigh's Genesis and Sporty's iPad Flight Desk also did well. A real mount is still our favorite. Van West, Jeff Aug 1, 2011 1660
Big deal in Redding: the pressure is on, which may mean it's time to bail. But in your gut you feel this approach is doable, if you just play your cards right and pay attention to the details. Ewing, John Jul 1, 2011 1312
LESS precise, lower mins: with greater precision comes lower minimums, except when it yields precisely the opposite. sometimes TERPS rules foil the approach designer's best intentions. West Van, Jeff Jun 1, 2011 905
Homecooked approaches: loading an approach from the GPS database is the easy way to get all your needs met. but when it's not there, you can whip up your own version to compliment the basic needles. Singer, Neil Jun 1, 2011 1312
Bluetooth audio panel PM8000BT does it all: PS Engineering takes the overachieving PM8000 audio panel even further with bluetooth connectivity for music and phones. it goes vertical too. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2011 1109
Too many altitudes. Lechner, Bob Brief article Apr 1, 2011 132
VirtualHUD Wingman: a VFR-only EFIS? An inexpensive portable horizon display with Garmin GPS connectivity, the Wingman has a great display and smart features hut lacks magnetic heading data. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Mar 1, 2011 1115
Talk to me, baby. Van West, Jeff Dec 1, 2010 551
Learning your retrofit panel: like flying a new type of aircraft, major avionics work can mean a huge new learning curve. Get quality formal training and try to avoid the local CFI who doesn't know the gear and will be learning it, too. Anglisano, Larry Jul 1, 2010 2090
NTSB: glass cockpits do not improve safety. Brief article May 1, 2010 103
Portable GPS in IFR: whether you have a high-tech cockpit or basic VORs, you can probably get more from a portable GPS than you think. Here are our top tips. Van West, Jeff May 1, 2010 2589
Bank shot in Roanoke: when it all looks just about right, that's a clue to look for what's wrong. Nothing like an oddball approach to throw you off from the start. Ewing, John Apr 1, 2010 1112
Flying the ball: part of understanding turning flight means knowing if what's going on is a skid or slip. That's what the smallest instrument in the panel is for. Burnside, Joseph E. (jeb) Mar 1, 2010 2528
New cockpit lighting: options for all budgets: lighting upgrades can be big work and are electrically intensive. But you don't have to reinvent your panel to improve what's visible in the dark of night. Anglisano, Larry Feb 1, 2010 1700
iPhone aviation apps: some serious, some silly: we're not about to get our pants snagged on the iPhone's pretentious preciousness, but some apps offer genuine utility. Every 50th one is brilliant. Bertorelli, Paul Feb 1, 2010 1912
SVT goes downscale Garmin G500/G600: while it's not exactly cheap, synthetic vision for Garmin's entry level EFIS products does almost as much as the high-priced G1000. Bertorelli, Paul Nov 1, 2009 1213
Three Green? Michaels, Steve Nov 1, 2009 728
Today's RMI pointers: the ADF and RMI are becoming tools of a bygone era, but their descendant has a useful niche even in an all-glass cockpit. Shelton, Joe Oct 1, 2009 1298
Inadvertent IFR: without an IFR ticket, avoiding IMC requires proper preflight planning. Since merely wishing you were back in VMC won't work, what comes next is crucial. Leis, Ray Oct 1, 2009 2468
EFIS evaluated: glass cockpits are standard these days, but what do pilots like and dislike about them? And are they safer? We asked pilots to rate the systems. Oct 1, 2009 2735
EFIS report card overall grade: B+: owners like EFIS and wouldn't go back to steam gauges. But weak training, high cost of data revisions and complexity are persistent complaints. Bertorelli, Paul Sep 1, 2009 3881
All-digital horizons: Kelly works on a budget: there are only two choices for totally digital attitude indicators. L-3 rolls out an impressive mini-PFD while Kelly/RC Allen offers an affordable AI. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Sep 1, 2009 2292
Roll your own glass: no ideal solution: the aftermarket is rich with retrofit displays for the radio stack and instrument panel. But even after investing a bundle, most solutions still come up short. Anglisano, Larry Buyers guide May 1, 2009 3036
LSA EFIS shootout: Dynon sets the standard: TruTrak's EFIS is easier to fly than Dynon's D-100, but it requires changing the way you think about your flight instruments and it costs significantly more. Van West, Jeff Product/service evaluation Apr 1, 2009 2616
Make your G1000 sing: take a swing back at information overload by customizing the displays to show what you want, when you want it. Shelton, Joe Mar 1, 2009 1713
ELT alternatives: older, 121.5 MHz ELTs won't be monitored by satellite starting this month. While pricier 406 MHz units are available, you also have some portable options. Feb 1, 2009 1948
Glass cockpit partial panel: sophisticated panels in otherwise simple airplanes have unique failure modes not all pilots are trained to handle. What you should look for in your training. Turner, Thomas P. Jan 1, 2009 2692
Flying all the angles: why measuring your wing's angle of attack can increase your flight safety. Emberson, Cory Nov 1, 2008 2411
Panels of the past: after nearly 80 years of keeping the dirty side down using round gauges, the age of attitude-instrument flying may be on its way out. Rozendaal, Doug Oct 1, 2008 1190
Ho-hum, another day, another synthetic vision contender. Brief article Sep 1, 2008 126
The Spin I'm In. Rycquart, Barbara Letter to the editor Jul 1, 2008 213
Avidyne's TWX670: sophisticated sferics: with datalink the rage, we haven't seen new lightning detectors in years. This product advances the technology, but display flexibility is limited for now. Anglisano, Larry Product/service evaluation Jul 1, 2008 1926
Everyday partial panel: flying needle-ball-airspeed when everything is working and without covering the gyros will help you stay sharp when you need to be. Straw, Bill Jun 1, 2008 1932
Aspen evolution practical, affordable: while it might not exactly be cheap, you don't have to buy a half-million dollar airplane to have it. Modular design and in-depth engineering make it a winner. Anglisano, Larry; Bertorelli, Paul Product/service evaluation Jun 1, 2008 3056
Running cool. Thilmany, Jean Brief article May 1, 2008 186
Attitude in a box: some kind of backup attitude system is a great idea. But is a portable system really good enough to fly an approach in IMC? Van West, Jeff Oct 1, 2007 1255
Beachfront beacon: NDBs may seem passe, but the accomplished pilot still knows how to grease the bearings. Holston, Ken Oct 1, 2007 1014
Go/no-go in today's GA: do high-end avionics and safety equipment affect the go/no-go decision? You bet. The real question is: Should they? Dennstaedt, Scott C. Sep 1, 2007 1953
Letting down easy: a smooth descent to your destination doesn't have to be magic. All it takes is a little planning and some basic math. Here's how. Merager, Randall S. Sep 1, 2007 2913
IFR into VMC: pilots who regularly file and fly IFR can find themselves with some very rusty VFR skills right when they might need them the most. Pardo, Jeff Sep 1, 2007 2516
Night vision: a pilot's first logged night flight in more than 15 years put him too low and too far from the runway. Burnside, Joseph E. Sep 1, 2007 1226
Ground reference. Feign, David Sep 1, 2007 509
Read the fine print: instrument flying is all about the details. Some approaches have more than their share of minutia, and not all of it is obvious. Aug 1, 2007 858
The Aviation Consumer[R]: product of the year. Buyers guide Aug 1, 2007 1746
NAV in the hand: while you can't shoot GPS approaches with a handheld, you can still reap nearly all of the benefits of a panel-mount. Van West, Jeff Jul 1, 2007 1549
How to fly the HSI: when the display is digital, you can bet it's an HSI. Even a portable GPS will have one, so it's worth knowing how to use it well. Dennstaedt, Scott Jun 1, 2007 2366
The glass half full: many of us have a mix of high and low tech in our panels. Getting the most from the mix may require some revisionist thinking. Shelton, Joe Apr 1, 2007 2690
Step on the ball in IMC: you're in IMC, in a multi-engine airplane. There's a loud bang and a horrible vibration. Where do you look next and what do you do? Robinson, Frank Apr 1, 2007 1325
Tune up your scan: from IFR newbies to crusty old freight dogs, the scan is the foundation for flying in the soup. Sometimes it needs a fresh look. Kilcourse, Craig Apr 1, 2007 1152
The Quiz. Mar 1, 2007 468
On the air. Johnson, Dan; Pulver, David; Rosenthal, Herbert; Davis, Charles; Lester, Ted; Cook, Marc; Craig, Lut Mar 1, 2007 580
Lurking in the murk: breaking out into marginal VFR after an instrument approach can put you head-to-head with VFR traffic. What's out there, and what you can do about it. Saini, Meredith Mar 1, 2007 2664
Montezuma's revenge: sure, there are bunch more gizmos to look at, but you're up to the task of flying some big iron, aren't you? Singer, Larry; McCloy, John Oct 1, 2006 1406
The lost art of heading: even in the modern world of airplane symbols on magenta lines, sharp heading and CDI skills are still golden tools. Rozendaal, Doug Mar 1, 2006 1926
Stepping up to glass: it's still "aviate, navigate, communicate," just with a lot more options and some new techniques for getting the job done. Van West, Jeff Jan 1, 2006 2114
Wencor & APS in-flight entertainment unit selected by MAXjet. Brief Article Sep 2, 2005 128
Bird Radar experiment. Brief Article Nov 1, 2004 181
Never a dull moment. Ognek, Chris Feb 1, 2003 805
Lockheed Martin Corp. Brief Article Jan 28, 2002 109

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