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uAvionix AV-30: Experimental, Certified: This is important when selecting one for IFR interfacing and autopilot functions. For navigation purposes the AV-30 is mostly for VFR. May 1, 2022 1231
Air Graphics Vinyl Wrap: Durable, Maintainable: The aftermarket vinyl wrap on our Cirrus test bed has survived the test of time, weather and upkeep. But storage and usage are keys to longevity. May 1, 2022 865
True Blue TWC15: Wireless Charging Pad: True Blue Power follows the lead of the automotive industry with a new line of Qi inductive charging stations in a variety of sizes. May 1, 2022 324
Exhaust Systems 101: Not So Silent Killers: CO detectors are worthy accessories, but keeping ahead of even minor exhaust failures should come first. Use FAA AC 91-59A as a starting point. Apr 1, 2022 702
Insurance For Seniors: Train Hard, Pay More: Twins, turbines and tailwheels in the hands of aging pilots are still red flags. Downgrading to something simpler is a good plan to keep flying. Apr 1, 2022 1894
Garmin D2 Air X10: Health Meets Aviation: A follow-on to the D2 Air, the newX10 takes biometrics and health monitoring to a high level. Weather graphics would make it even better. Apr 1, 2022 1342
Virga App: Pocket PIREPs: For PIREPs, real-time smartphone photos add another layer of awareness. Virga does it for free. Apr 1, 2022 667
Garmin Service Alert: G5 Battery Discharge: A mandatory service bulletin against some Garmin G5 flight instruments addresses potential battery problems. Regular testing is the key to safety. Apr 1, 2022 508
FIRST WORD. Mar 1, 2022 686
Used Avionics Market: More Volatile Than Ever Forget about any deals on popular modern gear. Some used components sell for as much as new ones--if you can even find them. Mar 1, 2022 2140
Superior Panels: Quick Build, Pro Detail Superior Aircraft Components is taming the tedious panel-building process, delivering better-than-OEM aesthetics and quick turnarounds. Mar 1, 2022 1070
Vertical Power VP-X: Electronic Power Bus Vertical Power's VP-series electronic circuit breaker system does more than power radios. Think of it as whole-aircraft power management and backup. Mar 1, 2022 1011
In-Ear Shootout: Clarity Link, CQ BT: The Card Machine Works CQ Bluetooth and Clarity Aloft Link in-ear headsets both deliver durability and solid Bluetooth performance. Feb 1, 2022 2156
Budget Fuel Computers: Shadin, JPI, El: Not ready to spend big on an integrated engine and fuel monitoring system? You can still get reliable fuel flow and endurance data from a standalone unit. Feb 1, 2022 1559
Radio Altimeter AD: 5G Cell Interference: But unless you fly a transport-category aircraft greater than 12,500 MTOW, the AD doesn't apply Still, all rad alt users should he aware. Feb 1, 2022 705
O2 Bottle Refills: Regulations, Logistics: As small-tank oxygen systems grow in popularity, getting them filled is becoming a challenge. Building your own 02 farm is one option. Jan 1, 2022 1719
Forgotten Backups: Think Beyond The EFIS: New avionics may be more reliable than ever, but an avionics installation is the time to add failsafe to systems that generally get overlooked. Jan 1, 2022 523
THE VALUE OF WELL-SUPPORTED TYPE CLUBS. Nov 1, 2021 532
MiraCheck Copilot: Virtual Crew Member: Modeled after pro-pilot challenge and response crew resource management, the latest MiraCheck program is smart, customizable and fairly priced. Nov 1, 2021 1970
Used Headsets: Few Deals On Top ANRs: Before buying any used headset, consider the manufacturer's repair pricing and supportability. For some, it isn't worth it. Nov 1, 2021 1607
FALKEN FLIGHTDOCK: ROLL YOUR OWN BIG SCREEN. Oct 1, 2021 655
USED TAILDRAGGERS: DEMAND, PRICES UP. Oct 1, 2021 735
Aithre Altus AVI8: Smart Pulse 02: Aithre's latest portable oxygen suite personalizes and conserves the 02 flow, stretching the endurance of small bottles. Oct 1, 2021 1362
Instrument Batteries: Care and Feeding: They can get you down if the electrics quit, but mistreatment and ignoring time-critical replacement could make backup batteries useless. Oct 1, 2021 1365
AVIONICS: JUST GIVE BUYERS WHAT THEY WANT. Sep 1, 2021 610
Cirrus Jet G2+: More Power, Gogo Wi-Fi: That means shorter runways, bigger loads and a better passenger experience. Sep 1, 2021 1920
USED TURBINE-SINGLE MARKET SCAN. Sep 1, 2021 722
Avidyne Vantage: Retrofit PFD and MFD: Avidyne cranks up the competition in the retrofit flight display market with replacements for the popular Entegra suite. A Cirrus STC comes first. Sep 1, 2021 1417
Garmin Smart Glide: Engine Failures Tamed: That's the idea behind Garmin's new aftermarket automation that suggests the best places to put down during an emergency. Sep 1, 2021 1412
New Cockpit Gadgets: HUD, Flight Recorder: At the Aircraft Electronics Association show, MyGoFlight had an STC for its SkyDisplay and Appareo was showing a new cockpit recorder. Aug 1, 2021 570
Avidyne For Old Jets: LPV Starting at $50K: That's cheap in the world of turbine avionics. With an STC in hand, Avidyne's Atlas FMS could inject new life into Jurassic jets. Jul 1, 2021 910
Top-Pick Plug-In USB: MyGoFlight, Sporty's: The latest aircraft-grade chargers provide solid, noise-free performance. MGF's Dual Digital model has a useful USB-C port. Jul 1, 2021 600
FAA Pushes For Cessna 177 Wing Spar AD: Wing spar corrosion prompted an AD for Cessna 210 Centurions, and now the fleet of 177-series Cardinals could be added to the list. Jul 1, 2021 480
Mode C Transponders: Limited Choices: For many buyers, an ADS-B model could make the most sense. For the rest, our top-pick models come from Garmin and Sandia. Jun 1, 2021 2259
OEM Avionics Training: Plenty Of Options: Avidyne, Garmin and Cirrus stand out for their structured virtual training courses, but expect to put in a focused effort for the best experience. Jun 1, 2021 2626
In-Ear Headsets: Clarity, Faro, Bose: There were mixed results from our long-term in-ear headset trials. Like any headset, make sure you try before you buy. Jun 1, 2021 1204
GARMIN AUTOLAND FOR THE REST OF US. May 1, 2021 764
ICARUS Smart VLD: Digital IMC: This first-gen clip-on electronic hood is realistic enough to get a feel for real-world instrument conditions. App interfaces can add to its utility. May 1, 2021 732
COVID-19 Vaccine? Follow FAR 61.53: The FAA's federal air surgeon has specific guidance in place for pilots and air traffic controllers rolling up sleeves for the vaccine. May 1, 2021 388
Panel Planning 101: Think, Draw, Cut: Avoid upgrade remorse by playing an active role in the avionics layout. One Mile Up's panel planning software is resourceful but not the final tool. Apr 1, 2021 1288
INSURANCE AND HAIL: MAKE NO ASSUMPTIONS. Apr 1, 2021 329
Small-Bottle O2: Aithre, Aerox Compacts: Personal-sized oxygen bottles save space and weight, while serving as belt-and-suspender backup. But go bigger if you use O2 regularly. Apr 1, 2021 1250
FILLING O2: BOTTLE SWAPS MAKE MORE SENSE. Apr 1, 2021 449
ForeFlight Version 13: Enhanced Traffic: ForeFlight boosts the performance of its ADS-B traffic interface with earlier alerts and smarter target tracking. Apr 1, 2021 288
FIRST WORD. Mar 1, 2021 696
Transceiver Shootout: Icom and Sporty's: Two standouts in our long-term test pool earn high marks for utility, value and reliability. Which one you choose depends on how you'll use it. Mar 1, 2021 1955
Hearing Aids For Flying: RIC Models Worth A Try: Audio interference from ANR headsets is an issue for most hearing aids. But with good headphone audio in the ear, you might not need them. Mar 1, 2021 1881
Piper PA-28 Wing Spar Issue Now An FAA AD: A whopping 5400 single-engine Pipers are hit by a wing spar AD after an Arrow lost a wing on a training flight Inspection records are critical. Mar 1, 2021 454
LIGHT ON PAPERWORK? EXPECT A RESALE HIT. Feb 1, 2021 814
Avionics Survey: Pleased With New Tech: But buyers face long lead times, long downtimes and cost overruns. Garmin dominates, still. Survey Feb 1, 2021 2728
SHOPPING FOR A TRAINER: A TOP-DOLLAR MARKET. Feb 1, 2021 675
Lycoming Crank AD: Replace Within 25 Hours: The FAA has finalized its airworthiness directive for Superior and some Lycoming four-cylinder 10-360 and O-360 engines. Feb 1, 2021 526
FINALLY, A DECENT ENGINE GUIDE. Jan 1, 2021 683
200-KNOT BUZZKILL: MX, INSURANCE REALITIES. Jan 1, 2021 676
Used Avionics: Beware Of Hidden Costs: Social media has expanded the used avionics market, but we find few bargains on current-production gear. Accessories add to the bottom line. Jan 1, 2021 2194
Dynon Certified Update: Autopilot, EMS For Twins: Dynon s HDX retrofit avionics for Piper twins edges Garmin because it has an integrated autopilot. More approvals are in the works. Jan 1, 2021 615
CLEARCOATS: A SHOW-FINISH ADVANTAGE. Jan 1, 2021 474
Cessna 180-Series AD: Recurring Tail Inspection: Another FAA AD for Cessna singles focuses on corrosion and structural cracking of the tail section. Jan 1, 2021 627
Disinfecting Cabins: Airworthiness Concerns: The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin on the potential negative impacts from excessively cleaning the cabin. Jan 1, 2021 480
VISUAL APPROACHES--THE GARMIN WAY. Jun 1, 2020 703
2020 Cirrus SR22T: Virtual Data Recording. Jun 1, 2020 2288
uAvionix echoUAT: Space-Saving, Wireless. Jun 1, 2020 1468
Sanitizing The Cabin? Go Easy On The Screens. Jun 1, 2020 290
DYNON INSTALLS: HOW'S IT WORKING? May 1, 2020 684
IFR On A Budget: The $15K Upgrade. May 1, 2020 3204
ForeFlight 3D Approach Preview. May 1, 2020 855
Trig GPS/Txp Combo: Small-Space ADS-B: When panel space is tight, the Trig Avionics TN70 standalone GPS and TT22 compact transponder is a worthy pairing. May 1, 2020 288
SHOULD YOU BUY A USED HOMEBUILT? Apr 1, 2020 1023
AD On Cessna 210 Fleet, ITDM Pilots Get a Chance. Apr 1, 2020 589
Screen Reflector HUD: Limited By App: For $19.95, the Hyperion smartphone heads up display succeeds in getting phone data at eye level, hut we wish it worked with more apps. Apr 1, 2020 532
SO LONG, VHF NAV. Mar 1, 2020 696
Propeller Overhauls: Neglect Shortens TBO: And it could be detrimental to safety. A quality overhaul is a complex, multi-step process that gives a propeller a new lease on life. Travel narrative Mar 1, 2020 2346
PROP PREFLIGHTS: SPOTTING THE DAMAGE. Mar 1, 2020 512
2020 CRYSTAL BALL: TIGHTER REGS ON AUTOMATION. Feb 1, 2020 610
Budget Transponders: Sandia Versus Garmin: With ADS-B, Mode A/C transponder performance is critical Sandia's STX 165 and Garmin's GTX 325 both pack a modern punch. Feb 1, 2020 2085
GARMIN GTX 327: USED MARKET WINNER. Feb 1, 2020 404
THIS IS THE AUTOPILOT. Feb 1, 2020 364
Aithre lllyrian: Smart Pulse Oximeter: The Illyrian pulse oximeter measures Sp02 under the earlobe or on the forehead. Intrusive, but full-time monitoring is worth it for some. Feb 1, 2020 1657
CiES Fuel Senders: Fixed For Early Cirruses: The stock fuel gauge in early-gen Cirrus models has less than stellar accuracy, but CiES says it finally found the cure owners have been waiting on. Feb 1, 2020 1123
HOW WE BREAK AIRPLANES. Jan 1, 2020 662
VISION JET: THE SAFEST GA AIRPLANE? Jan 1, 2020 228
Faro Stealth 2 ANR: Mid-Priced, Oversized: With large ear cups, the latest $ 449 Faro is anything but stealthy. It's well-made, well-supported and has a smart control set. Fit it before you buy it. Jan 1, 2020 1500
THE CIRRUS APPROACH. Jan 1, 2020 483
Advanced Preflight After Maintenance: The NTSB believes that a significant number of post-maintenance fatal wrecks might be avoided if pilots got serious about preflighting. Jan 1, 2020 653
FAA AD For Bonanzas: Failing Control Cables: A swath of the Bonanza fleet must be inspected for fractured aileron control cables. Worst-case costs including parts and labor could reach $ 3000. Jan 1, 2020 707
AUTOLAND: TESTING THE THRESHOLD OF TYPE CERTIFICATION. Dec 1, 2019 724
Garmin Autoland: Bad Pilot, Good Plane: OEMs plan to offer Garmin's Emergency Autoland system. A third layer in the Autonomi suite, it precisely lands the airplane when pilots can't. Dec 1, 2019 2091
ADS-B For Jets: Garmin, FreeFlight Tops: If you're buying an aging jet or turboprop on the cheap, an ADS-B upgrade won't be. There's plenty of equipment but a long wait for installation. Dec 1, 2019 1956
DAVID CLARK: A STORY OF SURVIVAL. Nov 1, 2019 1262
ADS-B For Jets: Garmin, FreeFlight Tops: If you re buying an aging jet or turboprop on the cheap, an ADS-B upgrade wont be. There's plenty of equipment, but a long wait for installation. Nov 1, 2019 2089
uAvionix tailBeacon: Another Low-Cost Option: First it was ADS-B on the wingtip, now uAvionix has a solution for the tail Since it will live a hard life up there, long-term reliability is unknown. Nov 1, 2019 653
Clarity Aloft Flex: Less Weight, No BT: Aloft Technology's latest Flex in-ear headset delivers big on comfort and performance, but for the price we wish it had Bluetooth connectivity. Nov 1, 2019 1177
DON'T IGNORE SERVICE BULLETINS. Oct 1, 2019 711
ADS-B in Canada: Satellite-Based Snag: That means the majority of mandate-complaint systems installed in U.S.-based aircraft might not play without major upgrades. Oct 1, 2019 2268
David Clark Pro-X2: On-The-Ear Comfort: At $745 Clark's latest supra-aural headset is hardly a budget model, but we think it packs enough tech and performance to call it a decent value. Oct 1, 2019 996
Sub-$5K EFIS: Aspen, Garmin: Shopping the entry-level EFIS market for fitting a vintage Cessna shows you'll likely spend more for optional accessories for full compatibility. Oct 1, 2019 1061
AIRVENTURE INNOVATORS. Sep 1, 2019 680
Which IFR Navigator? Garmin GNC 355 Wins: But it's not a slam dunk. We think it could be better if it had an ADS-B transponder, plus select buyers might miss the ILS. Sep 1, 2019 1793
MONEY SAVER. Sep 1, 2019 142
Bose ProFlight Series II: Tweaked and Improved: The original Bose ProFlight in-ear headset worked well in some turbine cockpits, hut the reworked version solves some of its warts. Sep 1, 2019 593

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