AWOS Micro Tower

Ever wonder what an AWOS system looks like and where you would buy one for a small airport? The MicroTower from Potomac Aviation is a miniature, solar-powered, self-contained advanced air traffic advisory system (AATAS) for non-towered airports. It provides brief traffic and weather advisories, speaking to pilots over an airport's existing radio traffic frequency, informing pilots of the system's presence and how to use it. Continue reading "AWOS Micro Tower"

Scout ADS-B

A pocket sized, dual-band ADS-B receiver has just been released by ForeFlight called "Scout."  This may be one of the smallest off-the-shelf solutions available for inflight weather and traffic for use exclusively with ForeFlight's mobile mapping software.

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Belite Introduces Safety Enhancing Fuel / Water Discriminator

Belite RADIANT Technology released a new product that enhances safety by alerting the pilot to fuel exhaustion or water contamination.

The new RADIANT Fuel / Water Discriminator will instantly tell the pilot or vehicle operator if the fuel line is empty or if liquid water is detected in the fuel line. This innovative product is based on patent pending technology and is installed in the fuel line. It increases pilot safety by alerting a pilot to switch tanks in the event of fuel exhaustion on one tank and also provides a positive and immediate indication if liquid water is present in the fuel line. Continue reading "Belite Introduces Safety Enhancing Fuel / Water Discriminator"

Getting a Grip

Cockpit ergonomics are a big deal to me – and they are a slippery problem. I spent much of a career helping designers refine designs for man-machine interfaces, and part of the problem we had is that everyone had different opinions of what was “good.” And given the wide variety of people – both in size and shape as well as the way they think – coming up with good solutions was never easy. Continue reading "Getting a Grip"

PS Engineering’s Flightmate Adds Audio Safety Factor to the Cockpit

PS Engineering PMA8000G

PS Engineering announced flightmate, an innovative advancement in our panel-mounted audio control. This audio storage/recall system, included in the new PMA8000G, now provides an extra layer of alerting for aircraft events and quick access to audio checklists. Continue reading "PS Engineering’s Flightmate Adds Audio Safety Factor to the Cockpit"

TruTrak Eco Autopilot Demonstration

At Sun 'n Fun 2016, TruTrak showed its new Eco autopilot. KITPLANES' Paul Bertorelli had a look at it and prepaid this video report.