Dual Electronics Presents its XGPS170

The XGPS170 is sized to fit easily and unobtrusively on your cockpit glareshield.

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.

Howie Keefe: Alive, Well, Has A New Product

An effervescent 89-year-old Howie Keefe, beyond his exploits as an air racer, is known for his Air Chart Systems, which pioneered bound aeronautical charts. Well, he's back at it. After selling Air Chart, Keefe apparently couldn't handle another retirement, and so has introduced TRI-NAV. These bound charts include the best elements of IFR, VFR and GPS charts, hence the "tri" name, and are broken into three sections for the U.S.—West, North and South.

The bound charts include a broad-scale topographic map, as well as an IFR-style map annotated with ground features like highways, waterways and shorelines. A yellow square depicts the location of the city associated with a mapped airport. Continue reading "Howie Keefe: Alive, Well, Has A New Product"

Jeppesen Releases New VFR+GPS Charts


Jeppesen, Inc., the company that brings you instrument charts, announced today the release of a VFR+GPS chart series for navigation in North America.

“The new charts were designed by pilots for pilots,” said Christopher Dean, product manager at Jeppesen. Customer feedback, he explains, drove the company's desire to design a series of Visual Flight Rules (VFR) charts that are easier to use than NOAA Sectional Charts, because the Jeppesen charts are built around actual flight paths used most by VFR pilots. The new Jeppesen VFR charts aggregate aviation data with the latest cultural and terrain data in a way that uses color and contrast to make a VFR chart easier to read and interpret. Terrain data from the Space Shuttle radar missions provides a realistic depiction of the earth below.

The new VFR+GPS chart coverage areas will initially include en route and area charts stretching from Miami to Atlanta with expansion to other areas across the U.S. in 2009. The latest en route chart offered for July includes Wisconsin and Illinois, and is featured as a Special Oshkosh Commemorative Chart during EAA's 2008 AirVenture show. Get yours at the Jeppesen exhibit booth just west of the new Wittman Field tower during the show. For additional information visit Jeppesen or call 800/621-5377.

Nationwide Sectionals—Free!

Dave Parsons, one of our readers, wrote to compliment the aviation weather web site review in the May 2008 issue of KITPLANES. We left out his “personal favorite” so I thought I’d go check it out. Runway Finder is worth a look.

Instead of being just another map, this is the entire USA displayed as sectionals. It also shows satellite photos, terrain charts and road maps. But it’s the sectional that’s most interesting in that TFRs are displayed. Be aware that it’s not a “legal” source of information on the subject, so whether or not you see one, you should still check other sources.

To use Runway Finder, go to the vertical slider in the upper left corner, move the slider to the mid-point; now go to the lower right corner and put your cursor in the little blue inset square. Hold a left-click and move the blue square. Note that if you are not within the blue square when you do the click/drag you'll be moving the map, not the square. It makes no difference to the end-result, though.

In the lower left corner you’ll see a search-the-map box. Type in the airport identifier, hit return, and the map jumps there, displaying a balloon with a hyperlink if you go to a major or well-known airport.

If, on the other hand, you type in the identifier for PuddleJumper International, the map will still jump there but the search box will also provide a listing of results from a simultaneous Google search.

What’s unique here is that you get a virtual data-dump of information about those tiny airports. It's no longer hard to find them or information about them.

But wait! There’s more!

Go to the Settings pull-down and salivate over the choices. Here you can cause it to display navaids, fixes and several other default values including being able to center on your home field at startup.

Now, look to the extreme right and there are two tabs: Ads and Legend. Click Legend and you’ll get a series of balloons with symbols including High Wind, Rain and a most intriguing Future TFR.

For the final topping on the cake, at the very top right of the chart you can put in your route identifiers. This puts a line on the map so you can read those balloons along your route.

For those of us who go out for the $100 hamburger, the only drawback is that it doesn't show which way the storm is going. But using Runway Finder along with www.weather.gov/forecasts/graphical/sectors/ is a great way to make sure that lunch doesn't include a hotel for the night.

This is a definite must-bookmark site for pilots. Thanks, Dave!