Sharp-eyed readers will figure out quickly that I am no longer at Sun 'n Fun in Florida - while I might have taken the picture in an airplane at 4406' msl, its unlikely that I'd find a relative Humidity of 16.9" anywhere in Florida - at any time of the year! But the little red dongle device was something I picked up at the show from Belite Aircraft - an atmospheric sensor that connects via Bluetooth to an i-thingy (phone or tablet) and gives you access to a lot of accurate data related to pressure, temperature, and humidity. Continue reading "Belite Altimeter App - with Humidity!"
In our search for the new and interesting at Sun 'n Fun today, we found a fascinating little gadget that could make flight testing a whole lot simpler. The Wingbug is a a self-contained ADAHRS designed to mount like an exterior camera to the wing of any airplane, transmitting data on airspeed, altitude, AOA, and attitude to an iPad in the cockpit. Continue reading "Wingbug"
I spent some time this weekend testing a new Heads Up Display product from Grand Rapids Technologies, and I think that folks who have been lusting after a real, functional HUD are going to be wanting one! GRT has taken a very simple, commonly available product intended for automotive use (the Hudly, priced at about $300) and adapted it to the experimental market by providing an Android App that runs on a stick PC ($50) or an Android phone which talks to the GRT EFIS via Bluetooth. Buy the Hudly, get a stick PC or your Android Phone, buy the App from GRT, and you're essentially there. I haven't talked total App price with GRT, but this is a HUD capability for just a few hundred bucks. Continue reading "HUD's Up!"
RADIANT Technology released its first App for iPhone / iPad, and it's now available in the Apple App Store for $19.99. Continue reading "New RADIANT Precision Altimeter App From Belite"
I fly a lot of new experimental aircraft, which means I do a lot of flying with the latest technology when it comes to panels, EFISes, and IFR navigators. So when I went to do some multi-engine training in a friends 1967 Twin Comanche, I knew that I was in for a challenge. It had nothing thing to do with remembering the rules and regs for IFR flight - the problem was going to be getting sharp enough to pass an Instrument Proficiency Check on a six pack and raw data! Not only that - it wasn't truly what we call a six pack these days - the DG was below the altimeter, and the VSI was off wandering around in right field. The autopilot hadn't worked in the memory of any recent owners - so this was hand flying all the way. It was a challenge.
And... it was fun! Continue reading "Ultimate Instrument Proficiency Check"
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