Survival Tech Aviation Survival Kit »

Like a seatbelt or an ELT, you hope you never need to use a survival kit, but in an emergency you'll be glad you've got one. Doug Ritter reviews a recent entrant to the survival kit market. More

Taking the "Search" Out of "Search-and-Rescue" »

After years of bureaucratic delay, the FCC has finally approved the use of 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacons in the United States starting July 1, 2003. For less than $1,000, you can now carry technology in your flight bag or survival kit that will alert search-and-rescue agencies of your identity and exact location within five minutes. Updated August 24, 2003, with information on new PLBs from Pains Wessex. More

LightSPEED Thirty 3G ANR Headset »

AVweb's Russ Niles moved up from no cockpit noise reduction to a passive headset only 10 years ago, and now has tried the latest active-noise-reduction (ANR) set from LightSPEED. He's a convert, and now he won't willingly fly without an ANR set, preferably LightSPEED's. More

Garmin GPSMAP 196 »

Garmin's top-of-the-line handheld, the GPSMAP 196, takes GPS to a new level, with features that make it usable in the air, on land, and at sea. AVweb's Kevin Lane-Cummings has our review. More

Review of "Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" »

Any fighter pilot worth his flight suit knows the power of "energy management" during a dogfight -- but most don't know it was a rebellious USAF captain who came up with the equations necessary to take dogfighting from instinct to science. A recent biography sheds light on this mysterious man. More

E-Ox Personal Emergency Oxygen System »

Aeromedix has developed a miniature aviation-grade personal oxygen system that slips easily into in your flight bag, briefcase or tote-bag, and provides up to 113 liters of breathing oxygen that you can have with you wherever you go. Active pilot and aviation medicine expert Dr. Brent Blue (president of Aeromedix) thinks this little $200 system is a terrific option for GA pilots who don't do enough high-altitude flying to justify spending $600 to $900 for a full-blown portable oxygen system. And in an emergency, it could be a lifesaver. NOTE: This is an update to Dr. Blue's previous article on the Breath of Life system. More

GAMIjector Flight Test »

After some tweaking, GAMI's precision nozzles knocked a couple of gallons off fuel flow and tamed spikey temperatures, as Paul Bertorelli recently reported in Aviation Consumer . More

Of Mechanics and Men: Review of One Desert Jet Turner »

Ever wondered about the people involved with fighter jets who aren't the pilots? Earl Heron's "One Desert Jet Turner" aims to examine the thankless of the aviation community -- the military aircraft mechanic and crew chief, or as he puts it, a "Desert Jet Turner." Jeremy Jankowski reviews this new book. More

Pilots Guides to the Western United States from Optima Publications »

Pilots Guide to California Airports ; Pilots Guide to Southwestern Airports ; Pilots Guide to Northwestern Airports You've got to be crazy to fly in the Western U.S. without having these remarkable books in the cockpit with you. They set the standards for what airport guides should be ... nothing else even comes close. The poor folks who fly in other parts of the country without guides like these just don't know what they're missing. More