Avionics

Retrofit Autopilots: You'll Pay For Precision »

Proposals for new autopilot upgrades can be shocking. Even entry-level wing-leveling systems start at $10,000, not including installation. But that won't buy much. Higher-end models with add-on options can easily snowball a project to $40,000. That's roughly the cost of an average engine replacement—or an average Skyhawk. More

Turning the Page at Mooney »

With a redesigned cabin and interior, the M20 shows yet more life. But the real story is the investment in a factory to build it more efficiently. More

Mooney Unveils Something New: A Two-Door Acclaim »

Besides the signature reversed vertical fin, Mooney airplanes have always been characterized by a single cabin door. But no more. This week, Mooney rolled out the new Acclaim Ultra M20V, a significant redo of the company's best-selling Acclaim. At the company's newly refurbished Kerrville, Texas, factory, Mooney showed the production version of its new model to reporters and editors at a press event on Thursday. More

Garmin Rolls Out All-in-One ADS-B Solutions »

Apparently responding to buyer complaints about complex ADS-B Out solutions that require expensive WAAS upgrades, Garmin International has announced two all-in-one transponders that will allow owners who don't have WAAS GPS receivers to upgrade to ADS-B Out as simply as possible. One version of the new product combines both In and Out in a single box, with the option of onboard WAAS GPS, while a second is a less expensive Out only solution. More

Video: Flying Aspen's Angle of Attack System »

Aspen's angle-of-attack indicator doesn't require any additional hardware beyond the Evolution Flight display. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took it for a spin recently and prepared this video report. Although it's intended for stall awareness, it can also be used to improve approaches. More

Have We Reached Peak Drone? »

Not on your life, Sparky. But when the shakeout comes, it's going to be interesting. More

Video: SyberJet Plans 2016 Launch »

An airplane conceived in the 1980s gets a modern avionics makeover to take on the small-jet market. SyberJet's Chuck Taylor says that even after all these years, the late Ed Swearingen's crowning accomplishment still has no equal. More

Sport Expo: Electrics, Titans and Drones »

We didn't see a true electric airplane, but the parts to make one are here. If that's too wimpy for you, you can find plenty of LSAs with 180-HP Titan engines. More

Video: Experimental Audio Panel Bench Review »

Whether you are upgrading the audio system in an older LSA or experimental or building a new project, PS Engineering and Garmin have non-certified audio panels equipped with advanced features better suited for smaller cabins. In this video, "Kitplanes" magazine contributor Larry Anglisano puts three of them on the bench for a look and listen. More