The 47-page manual is a comprehensive program for amateur-built aircraft flight testing. It includes outlines for each essential test point, as well as a booklet of 19 test cards that can be carried in the aircraft for quick reference and data collection while in flight. Those test cards are similar to those used by professional civilian and military test pilots, and are an exclusive resource for amateur-built aircraft pilots using the EAA manual. Continue reading "New Flight Test Manual From EAA"
One of my earliest "jobs" in aviation was as an unpaid (but compensated with experience and flight time) line-boy/hangar rat. I'm sure that was the first time I washed an airplane windshield, and I used whatever goop in a bottle was thrown at me by the FBO owner. In the many decades since, I have probably used just about every chemical available to clean windshields and windows, including good old H2O, and I am still looking for the magic elixir that simply makes deceased bugs and other debris leap off the canopy when it is merely brought out of the cupboard. I am still waiting - but a new product from McFarlane Aviation Products comes pretty DAM close! Continue reading "DAM!"
The same team that developed the original Panel Builder is making available the all new eHangar.org Panel Designer. Builders can sign up to create a free account and start designing an instrument panel in a browser window immediately. Continue reading "Free Panel Designer available to builders"
AirVenture is long over, but we're still digging out from the information deluge the show provides. A good example is the Aerocreeper, an adjustable height design that looks perfect for those "too short to kneel, too tall to sit up" jobs under our airplanes. We saw it while running through one of the display hangars and couldn't resist a quick peek. Continue reading "Aerocreeper"
Garmin announced it's adding significant capability, more configuration options and offering greater integration throughout the GTN™ 650/750 touchscreen navigators, the G500 TXi/G600 TXi and G500/G600 flight displays, as well as the GFC™ 600 & GFC 500 autopilots. Additionally, the G5 electronic flight instrument for certificated aircraft is being approved for use as a standby instrument when paired with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays. The GFC 500 autopilot will also be approved for installation with the G500 TXi or G500 flight displays, while the addition of descent vertical navigation (VNAV) within the GTN will aid in descent planning. With Garmin, pilots receive a seamlessly integrated cockpit that offers a more harmonious transition among avionics, which reduces pilot workload and provides a superior in-flight experience. Continue reading "Garmin releases updates for TXi flight displays, GTN navigators, GFC autopilots and the G5 electronic flight instrument"
Garmin announced the D2™ Delta PX, D2 Delta S and D2 Delta aviator watch series, three new GPS-enabled smartwatches built in a variety of sizes and personalities for pilots and aviation enthusiasts. New to the D2 aviator watch series, the D2 Delta PX incorporates built-in wrist-based Pulse Oximeter1 for oxygen saturation awareness. Additionally, all D2 Delta watches come with wireless connectivity with select Garmin avionics, Garmin Pay™ contactless payment solution2, storage for music playlists and more. These features offer pilots more flexibility, greater connectivity and utility in a compact aviator watch that's as functional as it is stylish. Continue reading "Garmin introduces the D2 Delta, the latest generation in aviator watches"