Aviation Life Rafts, Part Two:
A Life Raft Primer
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As winter is upon us in North America, now's the time to make that vacation trip to warmer, more relaxed climes. But such flights often involve long overwater legs and bring with them their own challenges, not least of which is which equipment to add to your load. AVweb Special Projects Editor Doug Ritter whose Equipped To Survive Web site offers the most comprehensive online resource for independent reviews of outdoors gear and survival equipment assembled this in-depth, four-part look at aviation life rafts. Don't leave home without one. More

Aviation Life Rafts, Part One:
Requirements and Expectations
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As winter is upon us in North America, now's the time to make that vacation trip to warmer, more relaxed climes. But such flights often involve long overwater legs and bring with them their own challenges, not least of which is which equipment to add to your load. AVweb Special Projects Editor Doug Ritter whose Equipped To Survive Web site offers the most comprehensive online resource for independent reviews of outdoors gear and survival equipment assembled this in-depth, four-part look at aviation life rafts. Don't leave home without one. More

Flight Explorer: Turning the Tables on ATC »

In recent years, the Internet has had revolutionary impact on aviation by making a vast array of time- and safety-critical information available on demand. Now, in what may be one of the most exciting Internet applications ever, pilots and others can view and track aircraft movements throughout North America, Europe and major transoceanic routes in real-time. Airlines and major corporate operators have had this capability for a few years, but now the cost is so low less than $10 a month that the rest of us can look in on the airspace, too. AVweb editor Mike Busch offers a detailed look at this remarkable new service. More

Adam Aircraft's M-309: Pushing and Pulling a Dormant Market »

Except for a couple of examples from New Piper and one from Raytheon, there's nothing new going on in the new-manufacture piston twin market. Instead most of the action is in the light-light jets under development and in the turbine-powered single market, which seems to have dislodged piston twins as the next rung in the ladder from high-performance piston singles. One company has set out to change that: Adam Aircraft Industries brought their full-size M-309 prototype to AirVenture and announced it is offering initial delivery positions for 2003 through the end of August. AVweb Executive Editor Jeb Burnside met with company officials to discuss their project. Here's his report. More

Adam Aircraft's M-309: Pushing and Pulling a Dormant Market »

Except for a couple of examples from New Piper and one from Raytheon, there's nothing new going on in the new-manufacture piston twin market. Instead most of the action is in the light-light jets under development and in the turbine-powered single market, which seems to have dislodged piston twins as the next rung in the ladder from high-performance piston singles. One company has set out to change that: Adam Aircraft Industries brought their full-size M-309 prototype to AirVenture and announced it is offering initial delivery positions for 2003 through the end of August. AVweb Executive Editor Jeb Burnside met with company officials to discuss their project. Here's his report. More

The Sun Shines, But Not on Eclipse Alone: Other Small Jet Companies Show Their Wares at AirVenture »

While the recently-announced Eclipse is the newest small jet to be announced in a fancy fashion, it is by no means alone: Others are way ahead of it in the certification process. While the economy remains stable and bizjet manufacturers are selling new airplanes to fractional ownership companies as fast as they can make them, several new small jets are being developed are in various stages of development, including one that you can buy today, but only as a kit. Among them are the VisionAire Vantage, the Century Jet 100 and the Maverick Twinjet. All are competing for the light-light bizjet market, which their makers hope will still exist by the time their dreams emerge from the FAA's labyrinthine certification process. AVweb's Liz Swaine raises the question of whether any of them will be able to attract enough investment to see them through that process. More

GAP Engine Update »

TCM's two-stroke turbo-Diesel engine being developed under NASA's General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) R&D program won't be ready for certification for several more years. It's a daring program whose success is by no means certain. But if the engine pans out the way TCM and NASA hope it will, the GAP engine could breathe new life into piston-powered general aviation. AVweb's Mike Busch offers an update on the compelling advantages of TCM's new piston technology, as well as the difficult problems yet to be solved. More

The Last Garmin GPSMAP 295 Review You'll Ever Read »

Garmin unveiled its color GPS/map portable at OSH in 1999, but didn't actually start shipping the unit to dealers until six months later. By then, pent-up demand was so great that until quite recently, pilots who wanted to buy one had to get in line and wait. AVweb's Mike Busch finally managed to snag a 295 in early June and has put nearly 7,000 nm on the box since then. And guess what? Mikey likes it! Hey, Mikey!! More

Product Roundup: PDAs in the Cockpit »

With the right software, PDAs (personal digital assistants) allow their users to take notes, check email and perform a host of other tasks. It was inevitable that they would find their way into the cockpit. But what applications are available for them? AVweb's Denny Arar takes a look at the software available for the most popular of these devices the Palm in this product roundup. More

Separation Anxiety: M-20 Turbo's Air/Oil Separator Gets the Job Done »

Air/oil separators have been around a long time. They are tapped into the crankcase breather line and, using centrifugal force, return the oil being vented back to the crankcase. The result is a cleaner aircraft and reduced oil consumption. The newest entrant in this market is M-20 Turbos, whose recent STC from the FAA covers some 200 aircraft, including the Piper Comanche owned by AVweb's Dave Higdon. Dave recently installed one of the M-20 units; here's his report. More