Patty Wagstaff headlines NTSB safety forum

Aerobatic great Patty Wagstaff delivered the keynote at the National Transportation Safety Board’s traveling “Safety Road Show” during a stop at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 24. Wagstaff was joined by general aviation safety panelists who discussed the causes of loss-of-control aircraft accidents and potential solutions to the vexing problem.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh recap for iPad pilots (it was a big year)

We just returned from a busy and exciting week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, where we saw general aviation firing on all cylinders. There were over 600,000 people in attendance and 10,000 airplanes on the grounds, and lots of new product announcements. Here’s a quick recap of what we found at the event for iPad pilots.

New ADS-B receivers

Portable ADS-B receivers have been on the market for over 6 years now and continue to add new features.

Stratus 3 on dash

Stratus 3 – Appareo released a new portable ADS-B receiver last week, building on the proven technology found in previous Stratus models. In addition to offering tight integration with ForeFlight, Stratus 3 also works with other apps, like Fltplan Go, WingX, FlyQ, iFly GPS, and others. It adds intelligent features like auto-shutoff, Smart WiFi and WiFi security. Best of all the price was lowered to $699.

Learn more: Appareo introduces Stratus 3 with more features, lower price

ForeFlight Sentry – One year after releasing Scout, a tiny ADS-B receiver manufactured by uAvionix, ForeFlight unveiled the follow-on product at EAA AirVenture. Sentry is larger than Scout but also packs in a lot more features. Priced at $499, it includes weather, dual-band traffic, GPS and AHRS. It also includes a carbon monoxide detector, that will alert you with an audible alarm and alert in ForeFlight.

Learn more: ForeFlight Sentry combines ADS-B receiver and CO monitor

Dynon DRX – Dynon released a low-cost ADS-B receiver as well, which offers ADS-B weather, traffic and GPS in a small package (it does not have an AHRS). It’s compatible with most apps, including ForeFlight, FlyQ and others, and retails for $395.

Learn more: Dynon DRX portable ADS-B receiver

New iPad gadgets

In addition to ADS-B receivers, there were lots of new iPad-friendly gadgets to check out at AirVenture too.

Levil BOM – The Broadcasting Outer Module, or BOM as Levil calls, is designed to be remotely mounted under a wing. The small pod powers itself (no wiring required) and sends GPS, AHRS, ADS-B in, AOA, OAT, and air data information to the cockpit wirelessly over WiFi. Works with WingX, FlyQ, Xavion, FltPlan Go, and more.

Learn more: Levil Broadcasting Outer Module

AirText LT

AirText LT – The AirText LT is half the price of the original AirText, and is designed to be carried onto the airplane instead of installed. It can connect to up to 6 devices in the airplane (phone or tablet) and provides the ability to send/receive text messages in flight. Simply plug into the cigarette lighter and place the small Iridium antenna on the dash or by a side window.

Learn more:  AirText introduces lower cost option

Garmin D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch – Garmin’s new flagship watch for pilots features a Pulse Ox sensor and integrated GPS. When paired with Garmin Pilot, you can display heart rate and blood oxygen levels on the navigation bar on the map page or the Connext Dashboard screen. And as with previous Garmin aviator watches, you can use GPS data from the watch in Garmin Pilot, and remote control VIRB action cameras.

Learn more: Garmin D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch

Flight Gear Battery Pack – This new streamlined battery pack was designed by pilots, for pilots and is ideal for the cockpit. It offers 20,000 mAh of power and features 4 high-amp USB charging ports, allowing you to charge 2 iPads and a Stratus simultaneously. You can recharge the unit using a micro-USB, lighting or USB-C cable, so there’s no need to carry a proprietary charging cable.

Learn more: New Flight Gear Battery Pack is the best charging option yet

App updates

It’s been over 8 years now since the iPad was introduced, and there are no signs of slowing from the main aviation app developers.

Garmin Pilot – Version 9.4 adds a new document viewer and integration with Garmin TXi and G1000 NXi to display engine instruments and monitor operating trends. It also adds new weather products, like text MOS forecasts, Area Forecast Discussions, PIREPs in the flight profile view and the option to display base radar reflectivity on the map.

Learn more: Garmin Pilot app adds engine monitoring and document viewer

ForeFlight – Version 10.2 adds new Day/Night app themes with automatic switching at sunset/sunrise, synthetic vision glance mode, 3D traffic in synthetic vision, jet currency tracking in the logbook and daily oceanic flight tracks on the map.

Learn more: Pilot’s guide to the new features in ForeFlight 10.2

FltPlan Go – Version 4.7.10 adds support for the new Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver, improved NavLog download speed and Oceanic NavLog format for flights in oceanic airspace.

Learn more: FltPlan Go in the App Store

Stratus Horizon Pro – Appareo released a new companion app alongside Stratus 3 that all Stratus pilots should check out. It includes a backup glass cockpit display driven by Stratus, making it a practical option to turn your iPhone into a small backup attitude indicator. The Horizon app also includes a feature called Radio Playback, which allows you to connect your iPad to your audio panel using the Stratus Audio Cable to capture ATC communications for quick ATC playback. The app also provides Stratus device management, allowing you to switch your Stratus 3 to “Open ADS-B Mode” and connect to additional apps.

Learn more: Stratus Horizon Pro app

Sporty’s Pilot Training App – Sporty’s added two new courses to its Pilot Training app last week, Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC). These courses are perfect for pilots looking to get current again, and the Flight Review course includes a ground training endorsement after successful course completion.

Learn more: Flight Review and IPC added to Pilot Training app

Review iPad Proficiency Check seminar slides

The editors of iPad Pilot News presented several seminars at AirVenture week on the topic of iPad Proficiency Check. Review the slides here:

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King Schools opens Cessna Flight Training System to all providers

Any flight school, college, university, or high school can now access the Cessna Flight Training System that King Schools and Cessna Aircraft have evolved over the past 20 years. The system includes online courses and a course tracking application that allows flight schools to track customer progress.

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Mooney turns 70, launches incentive

As Mooney International continued to celebrate its seventieth anniversary at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, it also announced a new factory incentive program called Fill and Fly. It’s designed to cover almost all the operating costs of aircraft ownership, said Lance Phillips, Mooney’s marketing director. Under the program, the owner is responsible for fuel, and insurance and hangar expenses. “And really, that’s about it,” he added. “The rest, we’re going to help take care of.”

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Mission Aviation Fellowship lands new amphibious Caravan

In an Indonesian province where swampland sits just 200 feet above sea level with numerous rivers running through it, a 30-year-old, 20,000-plus-hour Cessna Caravan on Wipline 8000 floats has faithfully delivered supplies; transported medical, ministry, and government staff; and served other critical needs. The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) floatplane is the only one for thousands of miles, creating high demand, but it’s worn out.

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Garmin Pilot app adds engine monitoring and document viewer

Oshkosh is always a busy week with new aviation product announcements, and Garmin is at the forefront again with lots to talk about. In addition to upgrades to their panel-mount avionics, Garmin released a significant update to their Pilot application for both iOS and Android with a wealth of new features.

Engine Information System Integration

Pilots flying with either an EIS-capable TXi flight display or G1000 NXi integrated flight deck now have the ability to display real-time engine information in Garmin Pilot. This includes cylinder head temps (CHT), exhaust gas temps (EGT) and turbine inlet temps (TIT) for turbocharged engines.

To view this information in flight, select EIS from the home screen main menu. It can also be viewed in the split-screen configuration alongside the moving-map display. Upon landing, the flight data log is wirelessly uploaded to the flyGarmin website and is stored securely within the app and on flyGarmin. Within the flyGarmin website, pilots can access detailed information related to any flight, play back the flight and download data logs. Pilot-configurable exceedances can also be set within the flyGarmin website and be automatically notified when an excellence occurs. This provides a great way for pilots to take an in-depth look at engine performance and trend data and more easily troubleshoot and identify potential issues.

Document Viewer

One of the less glamorous functions of the iPad centers around it’s ability to serve as an electronic document organizer and viewer. This can help reduce the bulkiness of books and paperwork needed in flight, by allowing you to store items like flight manuals, checklists, FAA handbooks, NOTAMs and much more as digital PDFs.

To access the Document Viewer, select the new Documents button from the main menu. Tap the Catalog button at the top right of the screen to quickly download and add commonly used resources, like FAA documents, chart legends and more. You’ll have access to Garmin’s library of avionics pilot and cockpit reference guides. You can interact with the documents using annotations and bookmarks, or perform a quick keyword search.

In addition, Garmin Pilot subscribers with the Premium version of the app can connect to third-party cloud apps, like DropBox, Google Drive and iCloud, to quickly add documents in PDF, JPG or PNG formats. To connect to one of these services, go to the main Settings section in Garmin Pilot, select Documents, and login to the desired cloud storage provider with your credentials.

New weather data

There are a selection of new weather features in the latest update that pilots have long-requested in the Garmin Pilot app:

  • The flight profile view within the app displays Pilot Reports (PIREPs) alongside airspace, terrain, obstacles, TFRs and weather.

  • You can view the Area Forecast Discussion (AFD) within Garmin Pilot, which is a plain-English narrative developed by meteorologists at the National Weather Service.

  • Model Output Statistics (MOS) are accessible within the app, which displays a forecast similar in format to the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF). The MOS is updated hourly and the forecast extends 72 hours into the future.

  • Within the U.S. and Europe, pilots can view base reflectivity radar, which utilizes the lowest elevation scan to display precipitation falling from the clouds better than other radar scans and can be more useful when flying at low altitudes.

Save User Preferences

Garmin Pilot will automatically back-up and save user preferences, including downloads an settings, in the cloud. When upgrading to a new device or reinstalling the application, Garmin Pilot will give the option to restore a previous back-up.

D2 Delta PX Aviator Watch

Garmin recently announced the D2 Delta PX aviator watch for pilots, which features a Pulse Ox sensor and integrated GPS. When paired with Garmin Pilot, you can display heart rate and blood oxygen levels on the navigation bar on the map page or the Connext Dashboard screen. And as with previous Garmin aviator watches, you can use GPS data from the watch in Garmin Pilot, and remote control VIRB action cameras.


Garmin Pilot for Android was also updated with the following new features:

  • The app incorporates weight and balance calculations into a flight plan or a saved trip, taking into account fuel burn and more for quick and accurate CG calculations.
  • Storm cell movement displays the projected path of a storm. An orange circle paired with a line that extends from the strongest storm cells shows its potential path in 15, 30, 45 and 60-minute intervals. If hail or tornadic activity is present, a corresponding icon will also be displayed alongside the particular storm cell line.
  • Pilots can also view the Area Forecast Discussion (AFD) that is disseminated in a plain-English narrative within the app.
  • The new D2 Delta PX aviator watch and Garmin Pilot connect to display Pulse Oximeter1 and heart rate data in the navigation bar and within the Connext menu. Wireless fight plan transfer to the watch is also supported by the app.

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