I had a wonderful flight on a recent cool Saturday morning out into the middle of Nevada - Winnemucca, Nevada, to be precise. Cold and smooth with 20 knots of tailwind at 11,500 feet, it took only about 45 minutes from my home base near Carson City. Now if you look at a map of the United States, Carson City is fairly remote from any major metropolitan area (yes, its just down the road from Reno, but Reno bills itself as the Biggest LITTLE city in America, so it hardly counts as "major"). And if you consider Carson City as "out there", what does that say about Winnemucca? Yet, there is a dedicated young homebuilder out there, a mining engineer putting together an RV-10 - and he needed someone to take a look at his riveting to make sure he was on the right track. It was a beautiful day, I had a fast airplane, so why not have an excuse to travel and trade stories with another aviator. Continue reading "Hi-Tech Tech Counseling"
Garmin announced the addition of new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 for Android incorporates approach chart overlays on the moving map, enhancements to stadium TFR's, glide range ring, logbook tracks and more, while the 9.1 version of Garmin Pilot for iOS adds a new high resolution basemap, worldwide gridded winds and a streamlined Connext devices page. Within the iOS version, pilots can also access aircraft performance profiles, checklists and weight and balance data for additional aircraft types. Continue reading "Garmin Pilot Adds Features for iOS and Android"
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"
Dual Electronics Corporation joined a host of new portable ADS-B devices debuting at AirVenture with its XGPS170 unit, which provides ADS-B weather data to electronic flight bag (EFB) apps on iPad and Android tablets. The XGPS170 can be seen in Hangar C, Booth #3042, and will be available from Dual Electronics' dealers in late September for $799.
The palm-sized XGPS170 receiver works with several apps, including WingX Pro7 from Hilton Software, EFB from Global NavSource, i1000 from Digital Sectional, Reader Plates and others. Included in the box is a 12-28V charging adapter and a non-skid pad for holding the unit on a cockpit glareshield. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 5 hours of continuous use. The receiver also features a detachable ADS-B antenna, allowing pilots to connect the receiver directly to an external antenna, if the aircraft is so equipped. The XGPS170 will receive the ADS-B broadcast in the area covered by the FAA. A current coverage map can be found here. The GPS feature of the XGPS170 will work anywhere in the world.
The XGPS170 also works with most apps that require GPS, including apps for car and marine navigation, geocaching, golfing and hiking. The receiver is compatible with the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and other Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops (Android, Blackberry, Windows and OS X devices).
For more information, visit xgps170.dualav.com.