Budget Transponders: Sandia Versus Garmin

Now that you’ve equipped for the ADS-B mandate, you’ll need to make sure the transponder remains in good working order. Ones that aren’t are on the FAA’s enforcement list. There are plenty of aircraft for sale that need transponder (and ADS-B) upgrades, and as we’ve...

A36 Bonanza Accidents: Other

In looking at the 100 most recent Beech A36 Bonanza accidents we came away impressed by the low. number of runway loss of control (RLOC) events - two; landing gear mechanical issues - two;...

Beech Bonanza 36

For as long as we can remember there has always been a certain prestige that tags along with owning a Bonanza. We suppose that’s good and bad. On one hand, the Bonanza 36’s earned...

Battery Box Upkeep: Bogert Replacement

In the typical car or truck the battery box may be nothing more than a tray to support the battery. But there’s more going on in the battery box in most aircraft—and it might...

CiES Fuel Senders: Fixed For Early Cirruses

If you fly a G1 or G2 Cirrus you might have considered upgrading the OEM mechanical fuel quantity gauge with the Aerospace Logic FL202G digital “smart gauge” control head, along with the CiES digital...

Aithre Illyrian: Smart Pulse Oximeter

In the Innovations building at last year’s AirVenture, Idaho-based Aithre was showing what we think are the most innovative pilot-focused biometric devices we’ve seen. Aithre is an attention getter because surprisingly, there’s been a...

This Is The Autopilot

It’s unrealistic to think every non-pilot flying companion can master the autopilot, especially under the stress of dealing with a slumped-over pilot. But it sure is worth a try. Whether your autopilot is highly...

Pinch Hitter Checklist

During a good pinch hitter course, we recommend that the instructor and the student work together to develop an emergency checklist that is designed for the specific airplane the "suddenly a pilot" will be...

Stayin’ Alive: Pinch Hitter Courses

It’s one of the things we macho pilots don’t like to talk about—incapacitation. We grouse about taking FAA medical exams or complying with BasicMed. Hey, we’re way to cool to worry about keeling over...