November 2017

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Subscribers Only - No matter how you feel about Garminís market domination, you canít argue that the company maintains the poll position by enthusiastically pumping out a steady stream of fresh products almost on a monthly basis. But Garmin also knows how to get the most mileage from its major systems and the G600/500 retrofit PFD/MFD was getting stale.

Garmin's New Displays: A Test In Price Tolerance

No matter how you feel about Garminís market domination, you canít argue that the company maintains the poll position by enthusiastically pumping out a steady stream of fresh products almost on a monthly basis. But Garmin also knows how to get the most mileage from its major systems and the G600/500 retrofit PFD/MFD was getting stale.

Letters From Readers: November 2017

My guess is that many pilots like me are over 40 years of age (Iím 62) and may not be completely familiar with newer wireless Bluetooth technology and its limitations. After a radio failure on a recent flight, I tried to pair my newer Bose A20 Bluetooth headset with my new Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone I bought to replace my aging iPhone 4, which would connect to my A20. The local ATC tower has a recorded phone line where they can issue control instructions in a pinch.

Portable SXM Receivers: Separated By Apps

It wasnít long ago that subscription-based satellite broadcast weather systems lost traction in a market flooded with ADS-B weather receivers. WSI is canceling its InFlight data service at the end of this year and Avidyne discontinued the MLB700 Sirius weather receiver. This leaves Garmin as the dominant supplier of SiriusXM (SXM) weather receivers.

AEPC Service Program: Fixed Fee MX for Pistons

Subscribers Only - Acompany called AeroEngine Protection Corp. has been aggressively marketing a range of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance programs for piston engines. While the concept is new in the piston aircraft market, similar programs have been the norm in the jet aircraft world for years, and aircraft OEMs, used aircraft dealers, engine overhaulers and fleet operators are signing on with AEPCís programs for pistons in impressive numbers. Aircraft Bluebook has even recognized the program when publishing typical resale costs.

Remote Heat Switching: Wemo Smart Plugs Win

Subscribers Only - Someone just flipped the switch and shut off summer. Aircraft owners who live in the temperate climes are preparing their machines for the demands of winter. Unless those owners have been living under a rock, they know that part of that preparation involves figuring out a way to start the engine when the frost is on the pumpkin because they know that firing it up in very cold weather, without some form of preheat, can do a lot of damage to the engine.

Rescue Buys: Think Salvage Value

At nearly every airport youíll find aircraft that havenít flown in years. Some are hidden in private hangars, some are stashed in the corners of maintenance shop hangars and some are ramp derelicts that are begging for rescue from the harsh elements. Is it worth getting involved with these neglected birds given the number of airworthy ones on the current market? The short answer is maybe, but only with the right approach and a healthy dose of realism. Hint: Seldom is there a great deal.

Hot Starting: Science and Art

Subscribers Only - Itís long been recognized that an effective way of staring a fight in a bar catering to pilots is to innocently ask about procedures for hot starting big-bore Lycoming or Continental engines and then step back. The chairs will start flying. Thatís about what happened when we started the research for this piece. We heard it all. Being either foolish or fearless, we immersed ourselves in the subject to see if we could come up with information as to why hot starting is a problem, find recommendations for maintenance and operating technique that can minimize the problem and see if there are aftermarket devices that can help. We did, we did and there are.

Garmin VIRB 360: VR for Aviation

Subscribers Only - If point-of-view or action cams are as common as iPads in the modern cockpit, buyers may be getting a little bored with the ordinary flat footage they produce. Enter the 360 camera, a gadget that literally has eyes in the back of its head. The 360 market hasnít exactly exploded, but there are a half dozen to pick from, with more on the way.

NavWorx ADS600-B 2.0: Resolving The FAA’s AD

As we reported in the January 2017 Aviation Consumer, the model ADS600-B ADS-B In/Out transceiver from NavWorx was hit with an AD (airworthiness directive) and an unapproved parts notification that forced owners to have their systems removed, and shops and distributors to shelve the products in their inventory. Affecting nearly 600 systems in the field, it was the first ADS-B product hit with an AD.

Pitts Special

If youíre looking for an airborne toy, something to both challenge and perfect your skills, youíve come to the right place in a Pitts. Straight up, if youíre looking for a one- or two-seat cruiser, we suggest looking elsewhere. The used Pitts market can be daunting. Many different variants have evolved over the years, including factory-built and experimental versions, but there remain two main types: a single-seater and a two-holer.