Avionics

  • December 2015 It’s been nine months now since I started my ADS-B installation project. Along the way I’ve sold most of my old avionics, researched and purchased new avionics, and babysat the installation processes. In addition, I’ve had a complex annual inspection that found corrosion needing
  • If you're not using an iPad in the cockpit, you could be missing out on one of the greatest and most cost-effective innovations for aviation in decades. May 2015- No question, the iPad has changed the way we fly. About a year ago, I stopped carrying paper charts completely, and I carry two iPads
  • A clear understanding of FAR 91.207 is just the beginning for pilots looking at installing a new ELT. March 2015- "ELTs are specialized radio transmitters that sit in the aircraft and are designed to do nothing," says Joan Goodman, president of Emergency Beacon Corp. based in New Rochelle, N.Y.
  • In 1982, journalist Tracy Kidder won a Pulitzer Prize for "The Soul of a New Machine," a book that described the development of a next-generation computer by Data General Corp. and its competitor Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). For engineers in the story, the time-to-market pressure was
  • December 2014- Active Noise Reduction UpgradeYou can install ANR electronics into an existing passive headset, and you can do it by yourself. Several months ago I explained the mechanics of human hearing and the physics of passive and Active Noise Reduction (ANR) headsets ("How it works: Noise
  • November 2014- A rundown of three products on the market
  • October 2014- A ferry pilot uses this global satellite communicator for practical purposes—and also for fun.   Ferrying an aircraft is one of the most taxing activities a pilot can undertake. From checking weather to packing the right equipment, your whole focus revolves around one question: How
  • June 2014-       Traditionally, a pilot has had one EGT gauge and one CHT gauge that he or she would use to keep track of the performance of an engine. The aircraft's manufacturer determined the probable location of the hottest running cylinder, placed a single probe there and then screwed an EGT
  • September 2013- Who should have it, where to install it, and how to fly with it- If your panel looks like the photo on page X (Figure 1) when you’re flying in instrument conditions, then it’s time to consider a backup plan so you’ll arrive safely at your
  • March 2012 The Revolution is Coming – Get Ready NextGen is going to cause an aviation revolution, and all pilots need to prepare for Jan. 1, 2020. If you are unfamiliar (or even if you aren’t), the JetWhine blog has an excellent discussion of the FAA’s proposed rule and its plans to decommission