Avionics

Garmin Intros New Gyro, Audio Panel »

Garmin continues to expand its line of avionics for experimental and light sport aircraft with the introduction of two new products this this week, the G5 gyro and a pair of low-cost audio panels. Both products are aimed at the experimental and LSA segments. The G5 is a 3 1/8-inch self-contained electronic gyro for use as a stand-alone or backup instrument. Equipped with autopilot annunciation, the G5 can be paired with the GMC 307 or 305 autopilot mode controllers and the GSA 29 autopilot servos. That means is can actually function as a stand-alone autopilot for LSAs and EAB aircraft. It can also be paired with the new aera 660 portable GPS through a serial port to allow lateral and vertical flightplan coupling. More

FAA To Ameri-King: Cease And Desist »

The FAA issued an emergency cease and desist order to Ameri-King Corporation for manufacturing, selling and distributing parts and articles for installation on FAA type-certificated aircraft that did not conform to an approved design, but were represented as FAA-approved. More

Video: BendixKing KSN770 Navigator Bench Tour »

Now that BendixKing's KSN770 retrofit navigator is certified and shipping, it's a worthy alternative to models from Garmin and Avidyne — while priced thousands less. But many buyers are unfamiliar with the KSN770's multi-function capabilities, its feature set, and its flight-planning capabilities. "Aviation Consumer" magazine editor Larry Anglisano put the KSN770 — and the company's other retrofit systems — on his test bench for a closer look. More

The Toyota Mirage »

A decade ago, I was sure the automotive giant was getting into the airplane market. That hook stung a little when I bit down on it. More

Garmin Announces New Portable GPS »

In a market rich with tablet and smartphone navigation apps, Garmin has announced a new, purpose-built portable GPS navigator, the aera 660. It's the company's first dedicated aviation portable since the aera 796 appeared in 2011. Following the trend in smartphones, the aera 660 has a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen and more interface capability than any previous portable from any manufacturer. Its operating logic resembles the GTN series and G3X Touch products, so anyone familiar with those should adapt to the 660 easily, according to Garmin. More

"Aviation Consumer" Avionics Satisfaction Survey »

The staff at Aviation Consumer magazine is conducting an avionics equipment and brand satisfaction survey. They want to know about your experience with recent major avionics upgrades, including ADS-B equipment. The results will appear in an upcoming issue of Aviation Consumer magazine. More

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