Autopilot Repairs: Worth a Try »

It wasn't long ago that an entry-level, two-axis autopilot was priced around 10 grand—including installation. Today, that price is double. Add some options and the bottom line could soar toward $30,000. These big proposals have many owners repairing older autopilots. But as service parts for older systems become obsolete, repair costs are high, downtime is increased and factory flat-rate pricing makes the repair questionable. More

Airline Foot Dragging on ADS-B »

Seriously, they're just now realizing the mandate is in 2020? Hardly. Like so many buyers, it's about not wanting to let go of the Benjamins until the bitter end. More

Podcast: Preparing For Failures In An Electric Future »

Heading into a world of electric aircraft, we need to know on which systems we can rely and to what extent. Michael Ricci from LaunchPoint Technologies spoke with AVweb at the Electric Aircraft Symposium about parallel redundancy, failure mitigation, and how fly-by-wire has set the standard for reliability in future designs. More

Aircraft Autonomous Flight: Sooner Than You Think? »

Is truly autonomous flight for aircraft—manned or not—lurking just around the corner? It depends on how you define around the corner, but some people in the autonomous flight field think it could be a reality within a decade and electric propulsion will both hurry it along and play a major role in its development. More

Automation Awry »

An increasing amount of instrument flying is done using technologically advanced airplanes and sophisticated avionics. Correct use of automation improves safety immensely by giving pilots the time to monitor systems, gather information, and plan ahead. But researchers have found that as a group we do not use automation effectively. Automation presents additional challenges. Over reliance or incorrect use can quickly get us in trouble. To take advantage of the benefits of automation, a pilot must… More

Aspen's AOA Software To Sell For $1,995 »

Aspen Avionics' software-based angle of attack indicator will go on the market in July for $1,995, the company announced Thursday. Introduced earlier this month, the AoA indicator is a software upgrade that will display real-time data on the Evolution's primary flight and multi-function displays. More

Video: Garmin's Enhanced G500/600 PFD »

Garmin's G500 and G600 retrofit PFD/MFD system is getting some long-awaited enhancements, including TrendVector ADS-B traffic symbology, georeferenced Flite Charts and more weather data capability. "Aviation Consumer" editor Larry Anglisano took a look at the system with Garmin's Jessica Koss at Sun 'n Fun 2015 in Lakeland, Florida. More

Levil Technology Introduces Improved ADS-B In »

Although the portable ADS-B In market has cooled of late, at Sun 'n Fun, Levil Technology is introducing two versions of its ADS-B portables with improved performance and capability. The iLevil 2 SW is a portable intended for glareshield mount and the new version has a larger solar cell area for better battery life, and the improved version now had dual band, so it can can see both UAT and 1090ES traffic operating at any altitudes. The receiver also improved range. More