View Online | View Extended Version | View Printer-Friendly Version (recommended for mobile devices)

Volume 19, Number 22c
May 31, 2013
ForeFlight || Hazard Advisor
New Terrain: Terrain and Obstacle Hazard Awareness for iPad
ForeFlight's new Hazard Advisor swiftly and elegantly highlights hazardous terrain and obstacles, making you more aware of the granite clouds and threatening obstacles in your path. A worldwide terrain database keeps you informed wherever you fly, from Aspen to Auckland. Obstacle data covers North America, the Caribbean, and U.S. territories.

Upgrade to ForeFlight Pro today and keep hazards at bay.
Tech Analysisback to top 


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

In his incisive biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson explained Jobs' genius as having a knack for knowing what consumers wanted to buy before they realized they wanted it. But that's no less true of any emerging new product line -- marketing is the chicken to the egg of sales.

That's definitely the case for a new class of products that have appeared during the past 18 months -- the portable ADS-B receiver, lately coupled with AHRS units that turn an iPad or tablet into a better than fair EFIS. Raising the ante yet again comes Levil Technology with a new portable product that accepts pitot/static input yielding a full-blown, if uncertified, ADAHRS and air data box. It's called the iLevil AW and we'll be trying it soon.

What's going on here? Was the world demanding these gizmos or did the march of technology simply solve a problem that didn't exist? The answer is a bit of both, but more the latter than the former. A couple of technologies came together, just as pilots were snapping up tablet computers like candy and app writers were on a tear with sophisticated new products. Concurrently, the FAA more or less did what it promised: it built the ADS-B ground network to the point of broad functionality. All of sudden, things came together.

Click here to read the full article.


iSpO2 from Masimo || Track and Trend Your 
Blood Oxygen & Pulse Rate
Masimo Introduces a Pulse Oximeter for
iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

From the leader in hospital pulse oximetry comes the world's first pulse oximeter for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that measures during movement and low blood flow to the finger. The iSpO2 allows you to noninvasively track and trend blood oxygenation (SpO2), pulse rate, and perfusion index – for sports and aviation use.* Click here for more information.

* Not intended for medical use.
From the Pages of IFR Refresher Magazineback to top 


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

Flying under Part 91 gives us an incredible amount of aviation freedom. Yet, it is this relative freedom from heavy regulation which is largely responsible for General Aviation's safety record, a safety record which seemingly can't be improved beyond a certain point, and frankly a record which is not all that great. No, flying little airplanes is not as safe as flying the airlines. Nor is it as safe as Part 91 corporate flight departments, or Part 135 charter operators, or even the military. However, as little airplane pilots, we can stack the deck in our favor.

We do have a choice. We can either use Part 91, to its full legal limits, as our personal operations manual, or we can learn from our safer brethren and voluntarily curtail some of our Part 91 freedom in trade for a safer flight experience.

Click here to read the full article.


Safelog || The World's Most Trusted 
Electronic Pilot Logbook System
Safelog Is the World's Most Trusted
Electronic Pilot Logbook System!

Suitable for student pilots through senior captains, Safelog features legendary flexibility and ease of use. Available for PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, web, Mac (through emulation), and more. Stuck with some underperforming other logbook? Join thousands of others by taking advantage of our complimentary transition service and step up to the power, value, stability, and professionalism of Safelog. Try a demo or learn more at
The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!back to top 

Our best stories start with you. If you've heard something 255,000 pilots might want to know about, tell us. Submit news tips via email to What have you heard? More...

Aviation Safety || The Journal of Risk 
Management and Accident Prevention || Subscribe Now and Receive a Bonus 
Are You Ready for Anything?
With Aviation Safety, you're more than ready. Sharpen your technique, understand your options, and get down safely.

Subscribe now and receive a bonus gift!
Names Behind the Newsback to top 


AVwebFlash is a twice-weekly summary of the latest news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebFlash team is:

Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Russ Niles

Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Kevin Lane-Cummings

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

Avionics Editor
Larry Anglisano

Have a product or service to advertise on AVweb? Your advertising can reach over 225,000 loyal AVwebFlash, AVwebBiz, and AVweb home page readers every week. Over 80% of our readers are active pilots and aircraft owners. That's why our advertisers grow with us, year after year. For ad rates and scheduling, click here or contact Tom Bliss, via e-mail or via telephone [(480) 525-7481].

Click here to send a letter to the editor. (Please let us know if your letter is not intended for publication.)

Comments or questions about the news should be sent here.

If you're having trouble reading this newsletter in its HTML-rich format (or if you'd prefer a lighter, simpler format for your phone or handheld device), there's also a text-only version of AVwebFlash. For complete instructions on making the switch, click here.

Aviate. Navigate. Communicate.