Refurb of the Month: Steve Biggs' Cessna P210 »

"I'm proud to submit my newly refurbished P210N for your consideration as refurb of the month," says Steve Biggs. "I've owned this wonderful airplane for 16 years and prior to retirement, used it routinely for fast, efficient transportation in my work. Now I'm looking forward to visiting family and friends around the country with my wife." More

Autopilot Automation: Friend and Foe »

Vulnerable. That’s essentially how Eric Geisleman and a group of aviation safety researchers described flight crews when it comes to operating the flight control systems in transport-category aircraft. More

Glass Panel Upkeep »

Maintaining glass panels means complying with FAR inspections, upgrading software and swapping pricey sensors. More

Aircraft Spruce Customer Appreciation Day »

Saturday, Oct. 5, at all three locations (Corona, Ca.; Peachtree City, Ga.; and Brantford, Ontario, Canada) Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Company will host Customer Appreciation Day, offering reduced pricing and representatives from some of aviation's leading product lines. Product demonstrations will be available from Garmin, Lightspeed, J.P. Instruments, Hartzell, Scheyden, PTI, Icom, Dynon and more. Pilots who are able to attend the aviation supply company's event will enjoy promotions, raffles and other events, along with some discounts. They may also be contributing to some good causes. More

Ship's Weather Radar Upgrades »

There’s no question that weather radar maintenance and upgrades can be pricey—potentially several thousands of dollars for repair—and tens of thousands for upgrade. On the other hand, ship’s radar can expand your mission. More

AVmail: September 16, 2013 »

Shelley Rosenbaum Lipman writes: "I was interested in the article on the KSN770 published in the Sept. 13 AVwebFlash, in which it states that 'graybeards may still prefer [to use] a transfer key' as opposed to using touchscreen controls. I'm not a graybeard (is there a politically-correct term for female pilots, too?), but I am a human-factors engineer, and I'm always amazed at the proliferation of touchscreen and data-entry techniques in today's avionics." ... Click through to read the rest of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. More

Video: Bendix/King KSN770 Flight Trial »

The Bendix/King KSN770 retrofit FMS trickles down from the Honeywell Apex integrated flight management system. It has a flexible feature set and an open architecture. More

Bendix King KSN770 Safety Display »

For years Garmin has owned the retrofit GPS market but Bendix King hopes to change that with the KSN770. It has a combination of touch and hard controls, open architecture and a familiar feature set. More

Podcast: Avionics -- Good Pilots Not Required? »

The definition of what it means to be a good pilot may be changing. AVweb speaks with former Northwest captain and Embry-Riddle educator Jack Panosian to explore the question of what's more important in keeping passengers alive: stick and rudder skills or systems management. More

Modern Flight Systems Redefining Good Pilots »

After two recent high-profile crashes (UPS and Asiana Airlines Flight 214), both involving fatalities, media reports have questioned the role of automation in the cockpit and in the opinion of former Northwest Captain and current Embry Riddle educator Jack Panosian, those concerns may not be unfounded. Panosian told AVweb Thursday that his observation is that stick and rudder skills may be falling down the list of important assets required by professional pilots -- but that's not entirely bad. Modern jets, he says, generally are not hand-flown aircraft and some have been designed from the outset to be flown for nearly the entire flight on automation. More