Garmin Pilot adds new features to iOS and Android mobile devices

Garmin Pilot, split-screen SVX iOS

Garmin announced several new enhancements and an expanded feature set for the Garmin Pilot application on Apple and Android mobile devices. New for Android, Garmin Pilot customers can now access synthetic vision (SVX), as well as pilot-configurable checklists within the app. Customers using Garmin Pilot on an Apple mobile device can take advantage of weight and balance calculations tailored to helicopter operators, Search and Rescue (SAR) options and more. With the latest upgrade, both platforms also offer connectivity with the GDL 52/GDL 51 portable receivers, the D2 Charlie aviator watch and the VIRB 360 camera. Continue reading "Garmin Pilot adds new features to iOS and Android mobile devices"

The Other Welcome Wagon

The wheels are yeller, the upholstery's brown,
The dashboard's genuine leather,
With isinglass curtains y' can roll right down,
In case there's a change in the weather.

Well, the windows roll up, not down, they aren't isinglass, and there's no fringe, but the new Welcome Wagon #4 is pretty fancy. Built by EAA Chapter 91, the passenger's front window was made from a Sonex canopy. We haven't ridden in it yet as the ceremony to pass it from the chapter to the EAA is later this morning, but folks coming in later today may have a pretty cushy ride to wherever they need to go on the grounds.

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Sure, It's VFR

We have a solid overcast here at Wittman Field but the ATIS says it's VFR. Winds calm... visibility 7 miles... overcast at 1000 feet. I swear there was a little chuckle in the voice as he announced the ceiling height. No one can claim the FAA controllers aren't pulling for us.

Be careful out there!

Watching Planes Arrive

For the second day in a row we have awakened to low ceilings at KOSH. It's eerily quiet again and we are watching arrivals via flightradar24. The ceilings are forecast to lift later this morning so hopefully there will be an influx of arrivals this afternoon. None of us want to see a replay of the Sunday fiasco from last year when the weather on the weekend didn't break until Sunday at noon, creating a huge mess for the controllers and pilots.

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Bill Hogue's AutoGyro MTO Sport

I had been researching gyroplane technology for the past 20 years and knew that the modern gyroplane was an amazing aircraft. After scoring a ride in a MTO Sport in July of 2015, I knew I had to have one. I was fortunate that a dealer and flight training in Searcy, Arkansas was only an hour away by car. Continue reading "Bill Hogue's AutoGyro MTO Sport"

Durand Mark V to be Reintroduced After Long Absence

Durand Industries LLC announced the world-wide official re-introductory launch of the  Durand Mark V aircraft. The aircraft builds on the interest in retro and cool offerings in the aviation market.

Targeted for the homebuilt market, aircraft plans were sold and several aircraft built in the 1970's and 80's. The aircraft design is unique in its negative stagger biplane wing design and is targeted for sport flying and cross country trips with an enclosed side-by-side cockpit. It can be configured in all forms: tri-gear, tailwheel and on floats. Continue reading "Durand Mark V to be Reintroduced After Long Absence"