August 2015

On Final: Aviation Weather Worries

In June, my usual jaunt from Dallas Addison (KADS) to Gunnison, Colorado (KGUC) became a bit more interesting. About this time each year, the moist southwesterly flow, known as the “monsoonal season”, begins. This year, however, Mother Nature decided to make it more personal by producing hurricane Blanca. She dropped huge amounts of moisture over Read More

En Route: Avidyne’s IFD440 Navigation System

Avidyne has announced certification of the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM Navigation System and Release 10.1 software for the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM. Release 10.1 (R10.1) software is a field-loadable upgrade that provides IFD540 owners with product improvements and new functionality. It includes support for display of ADS-B weather, scrollable data blocks, expanded checklists, rubber-banding of the active flight plan Read More

En Route: Cessna Citation Latitude Certificated

As of June 5, Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc, announced that its Citation Latitude business jet has achieved FAA type certification. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year. The new Citation Latitude represents the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency and is the first business jet Read More

En Route: Avidyne Extends ADS-B Product Portfolio with Addition of MLX200 & MLX210 978Mhz Transceivers and APX 322 Remote ES Transponder

On April 8, 2015, Avidyne Corporation announced expanded ADS-B 978 Series Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) solutions, to include the MLX200 and MLX210 transceivers. Both products are designed for Avidyne customers flying below 18,000 feet in Continental United States (CONUS) airspace who wish to meet the upcoming mandate for ADS-B OUT and receive FIS-B weather and Read More

Enroute: Garmin Announces Garmin Pilot App 4.3 for Android

Garmin has announced an updated version 4.3 of the Garmin Pilot app for Android, which incorporates the display of both terrain and obstacles over the top of Garmin’s navigation maps. These overlays display visual alerts of potential hazards and enhance situational awareness, particularly in unfamiliar environments. Version 4.3 for Android also supports X-Plane 10 and Read More

En Route: Garmin® Introduces Next-Generation Aviator Watch

D2™ Bravo Combines Innovation with Functionality Garmin International Inc. has introduced D2 Bravo, a next-generation aviator watch that combines practical functionality and sophisticated design to bring pilots and aviation enthusiasts a premium GPS watch. D2 Bravo incorporates Garmin’s signature direct-to and nearest airport navigation features, complete with a worldwide aviation navigation database. New and exclusive Read More

Altitude Management

Basic airmanship obviously requires management of the third dimension of mobility, that of height, in addition to forward speed and left-right movements. An aircraft’s ability to rise and descend means we must plan our actions to reach a point in space defined by distance in a vertical plane, not just map coordinates. This seems simple Read More

Aviation Medicals: Winning the Vision Game

What I’ve learned in nearly 50 years of examinations Over the years, I’ve equated my yearly visit to an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) to a sporting contest. In this game, you don’t have a traditional opponent; the referee is your opponent. A win means the referee (the AME) signs you off, after going down the Read More

Checkout for all Mustang Lovers

Flying The Famous Fighter I give my wife Gisela a lot of credit when it comes to embracing mid-life dalliances. She enthusiastically mastered SCUBA diving and braved heli-skiing, and she gamely crewed our J-105 sloop, even on the stormy days. Still, I didn’t anticipate that we would find ourselves training together at Stallion 51’s facility Read More

Editor’s Briefing: Where’s Your Protected Airspace?

As expected, my recurrency training wasn’t going smoothly. The instructor was complaining of vertigo, no doubt brought on by my ceaseless bracketing of the course leading toward my clearance limit, where I was expected to enter a hold. Naturally, the depicted hold was oriented away from my entry heading, necessitating a course reversal, and, as Read More

From The Flight Deck: Take Control

What do you enjoy? Gently resting the pad of a finger on a four pound test line then, one click at a time, trying to convince your favorite fish to bite? The smell of fresh-cut grass while waiting for frost or dew to recede from the greens? Gardening, cooking, building things or music? Or is Read More

Twin Proficiency: Feather it Slowly

I was observing the demonstration of a piston twin Flight Training Device, or “simulator,” at a major university, where I was a consultant in the development of an “ab initio” airline pilot training program. Flying the “sim” was a senior airline captain who was also a consultant on the project. While the captain was at Read More