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Flying June 2018

The sharp wit and experienced judgment of Flying’s experts cover all the challenges and rewards that aviation offers to all flying enthusiasts. From industry news updates, regulations, trends, air shows and events to carefully researched reports on all categories of airplanes, helicopters, avionics, products, technology, accessories and equipment to pilot technique, flight training, safety, weather, operations and maintenance.

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pilots aren’t meteorologists

Weather impacts pilots more than any other external factor, and yet it’s the least understood subject in aviation. Many pilots, even instructors, are uneasy with the topic. Despite this — or maybe because of it — weather training for pilots usually touches only on the basics. Meanwhile, weather-related accidents continue to plague general aviation. Something has to be done. The good news is recent advances in weather observation and forecast accuracy mean we’ve never had access to better weather information. Yet when it comes to understanding weather, general aviation pilots remain pretty clueless. A case in point is a recent Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University survey that presented pilots with 95 questions on a range of weather topics. Most who took the test failed miserably, with student pilots and non-instrument-rated pilots faring the…

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inbox

A FLYING READER, AND FUTURE PILOT Our 2-year-old granddaughter and her family live about 3 miles away from a busy GA airport that is under some Class B airspace. They are right on the centerline of the main parallel runway. She loves the airplanes and is happy to point them out as they traverse the skies. Even when she’s in the house, she points to the sky and her eyes light up when she hears the humming of an aircraft somewhere overhead. So, when I handed her my latest edition of Flying, she was fascinated and couldn’t get enough of pointing out every airplane in the issue. I hope the seeds of aviation are planted and grow with her. One of my earliest memories as a human being is seeing a…

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centerline backpack

With so many flight bags on the market, why would there be a need for a new design? Apparently, Flight Outfitters saw the demand and sought to meet it with the Centerline backpack. The bag has a simple, clean design that includes a slew of pilot-friendly features. On one side is a slot for a standard fuel tester, along with a mesh pocket with an elastic top that prevents gear from falling out. The other side of the bag has a full-length zipper opening up to a padded compartment that has slots for two large electronic devices. Covered with a large flap held down by quick-release straps is the main compartment, which can be split in two to provide a headset pocket that can be opened from the side. The divider can…

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evolution e5

The new Evolution E5 flight instrument from Aspen Avionics is an ingenious answer to lower-cost displays from Garmin and Dynon aimed at the thousands of light general aviation airplanes that could benefit from a switch from traditional vacuum-driven six-pack flight instruments to modern glass. The E5 display replaces electro-mechanical instruments by consolidating traditional attitude indicator, directional gyro and course-deviation indicator into a single unit that retails for just under $5,000. The E5 also includes global positioning system steering (GPSS), air-data computer and attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS) and a backup battery in case of a loss of electrical power. Buyers can upgrade to the Evolution E5 display and a compatible TruTrak Vizion autopilot for less than $10,000 plus installation costs, Aspen says. Best of all, the E5 display is brighter and more…

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electric sun flyer 2 makes first flight

The Sun Flyer 2, an electric two-seat trainer under development in Denver at Bye Aerospace, successfully completed its first flight on April 10 from Centennial Airport, a milestone the company described as “flawless.” “As with most first flights, we’re not trying to test any limits at this stage,” said Bye Aerospace founder and CEO George Bye. That will come in the months ahead. However, the engineering and performance parameters measured during what Bye described as a “short and very successful flight” met or exceeded all flight-test targets. Bye said a selection for the electric motor to power the production version of the Sun Flyer 2 has yet to be made, but the power-plant choice should be determined soon. The energy storage system, however, has been selected. LG Chem MJ1 lithium-ion battery cells,…

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bendixking unveils xvue touch display

BendixKing turned a lot of heads at Sun ’n Fun with the introduction of the xVue Touch primary flight display for Experimental aircraft — but not for the reason you might expect. The question asked by many showgoers was when a version for certified airplanes will be offered. The answer? Very soon. Billed as a low-cost alternative to traditional six-pack instruments, the unit features a vibrant “near-4K-resolution” display and is packed with technology borrowed from the certified market. BendixKing says the new product is a “powerful and intuitive touch-screen flight display built with superior craftsmanship, at a very affordable price.” The display is available now for Experimental airplanes for a list price of $5,499. A coming version of the display for certified airplanes called AeroVue Touch will retail for $12,590. The xVue…