Avionics

Levil Technology's New AW ADAHRS »

Levil Technology is out with a new portable ADS-B unit that included air data input, making it the industry's first portable ADAHRS unit. It sell for $1,395. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently flew it in his Cub. More

Low And No Visibility Tech »

BAE Systems recently demonstrated a system that provides helicopter pilots with situational awareness of their immediate surroundings while flying in zero visibility conditions. More

Automation: Friend or Foe? »

Our training regime hasn’t changed to accommodate the new equipment pilots are being forced to use. The simple fact is that greater—not less—automation is in our future. More

Extended Warranty Plans for Avionics »

Factory repair costs for integrated avionics are on the rise. That makes most extended warranty plans worth the investment. More

Safe Flight's Angle of Attack Indicators »

Safe Flight Instrument Corporation is in the process of achieving FAA certification for their new angle of attack and speed control system for Part 23 aircraft. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano flew with the system in Safe Flight's Beech Baron. This video features a tour and wring-out of the new system. More

Learning Your Retrofit Panel »

Like flying a new type of aircraft, major avionics work can mean a huge learning curve. Getting quality formal training and avoiding a complex and nonstandard layout is a smart plan. More

Increasingly, You're Being Watched -- Why That's Good »

The NTSB's recent release of a final report regarding the fatal November 13, 2011, crash of a Cirrus SR-22T shed light on a flight noteworthy for its aerobatics; it also invites speculation regarding the potentially untapped value of recorded flight data in general aviation. More

Tecnam's New LSA Adds Optional Tech Perks »

Tecnam has formally announced the first flight of its Astore, a low-wing metal LSA that comes standard with an iPad mini and an optional Levil AHRS G-mini, which the company plans to showcase together at AirVenture, this year. Levil's product works with the iPad by delivering information from dedicated AHRS to the iPad's display via WiFi. It uses the Apple tablet as a PFD to display digital information and EFIS-like functionality. Tecnam says the Astore's technological integration goes beyond that to include some unconventional perks, like the ability to lock the aircraft by remote control. But some of those perks arrive above the aircraft's $135,000 base price. More

The Magic of MEMS »

These clever little gadgets are why you can buy an impressive portable EFIS for under a grand. More

Pilatus Offers WiFi Connected Panel »

Aspen Avionics has been offering a wifi-connected panel interface in the aftermarket for about a year now, and this week Pilatus announced it will offer its own version of the system as a factory option or retrofit for its PC-12 NG turboprops. Pilatus worked with Aspen, Jeppesen and Honeywell to create four customized applications designed for the PC-12 operators' needs. One app will enable the pilot to wirelessly upload chart, navigation and terrain databases to the cockpit. Pilots also can create a flight plan on an iPad or other tablet and wirelessly upload it to the PC-12 NG flight deck. The other two apps provide wireless downloads of maintenance data and a moving map that can show passengers their current location and ETA on their own mobile device. The system can be installed at a retail price of about $16,500, according to Pilatus. More