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

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

A Visit With Trade-A-Plane: Selling Airplanes in the Digital Age »

Before there was eBay, craigslist and controller.com, not to mention web sites for every imaginable aircraft marque, the one and only place you looked for a used airplane or obscure parts to fix one was Trade-A-Plane , the iconic yellow shopper that, for many of us, was and is a dreamsheet. More

Risk Management, Military Style »

Especially in military operations, it's impossible to eliminate risk, but it can be minimized. Many of their risk-management techniques can apply to your flying. More

AFSS's New SpiderTracks Active Flight Tracking, And More »

For over two years, Lockheed Martin has been investing heavily to develop new applications to bring to its Flight Services, seeking to create what it hopes will be a significantly more useful platform for pilots, but pilots are no longer the only direct users the company targets. More

Insurance for Seniors: 70 is the New 65 »

The insurance market for older pilots isn't as grim as it once was. Stick with the same company, fly often and get recurrent training. More

Freedom to Choose »

Operational guidelines followed by professionals would not have allowed a circling approach into the weather, terrain and lighting conditions this pilot attempted. More

The Magic of MEMS »

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