As aviation learned from the automotive world, airbags that deploy within milliseconds of the beginning of an impact event and keep the occupant from slamming into the panel have saved countless lives. The initial challenge for the aircraft world was where to store the airbags and how to deploy them. I looked at records and spoke with engineers at...

Spidertracks Spider X: 3D Flight Replay

While flight tracking systems (FTS) have historically been integral to air carrier and corporate flight ops, New Zealand-based Spidertracks gained traction in the GA market in 2010 with its model S3 portable satellite tracking...

Post-Wrecks Revisited: Accidents, Incidents

In response to the “After the Dust Settles: Protecting Yourself” article (November 2021 Aviation Consumer) on dealing with a post-crash aftermath, including subsequent regulatory realities, we got a letter from (and had a subsequent...

Cessna Skymaster:

For pilots transitioning to twin-engine airplanes, the Cessna Skymaster is often overlooked. Maybe that’s because the airplane is rather unconventional, with a unique design and different handling characteristics than any other twin.  And if you...

uAvionix AV-30: Experimental, Certified

Shop the budget EFIS market and you’ll consider the uAvionix AV-30. At just shy of $2000 for the certified version ($1495 for experimentals), the drop-in flight instrument packs a healthy punch in a round-gauge...

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Lock & Key Navajo at Sun ‘n Fun 2022

The Piper Navajo is a workhorse in the world of piston twins, and Mike Jones Aircraft in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has a rather thorough refurb...