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Flying October 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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instrument currency at home

Depending on when you learned to fly, you can probably pinpoint some aviation “first” that was a momentous part of the experience. A few years back, there were those lucky first student pilots who folded away their paper sectionals and instead called up electronic charts on an iPad. Back in the 1990s, a new generation of pilots learned to follow course lines on LCDs as they navigated by satellite for the first time. At some point, the first student to fly a tricycle gear general aviation airplane soloed. When I learned to fly in the 1980s, the first PC-based flight simulators had just emerged. It was a pretty big deal. I’d already logged many hours in front of the green phosphor glow of a monochrome computer monitor at the virtual controls of…

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inbox

WEATHER WOES I totally agree with the writers in the August Inbox. Learning about weather is a continual process. I also agree that weather symbology, charts and information can be simplified. In this day of computer-driven weather reports, the FAA makes it extremely hard for beginning pilots. As a former ground instructor for a major flight school, I can safely say that weather and the associated tests for the private pilot exam and the instrument exam are unnecessarily complicated. AOPA and other organizations should get behind a weather simplification program and present it to the FAA. I do not encourage dumbing down the process, but pilots need help with weather topics, and tests should enter the 21st century. Jame L. Hibbert via email NORMALIZATION OF DEVIANCE Thanks to Les for a thought-provoking column [“One…

2 minutos
stratus 3

The latest version of the popular Stratus portable ADS-B receiver from Sporty’s Pilot Shop and Appareo Systems made its debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July, giving users subscription-free weather capabilities to go along with dual-band ADS-B traffic, GPS data and backup attitude information. Designed from the start to integrate with the ForeFlight Mobile app on an iPad, the latest Stratus 3 unit packs a number of new features and capabilities into its compact size, and at an affordable introductory price of $699. A new feature included in the Stratus 3 is “smart” Wi-Fi that allows pilots to use an iPad’s LTE data connection while connected to Stratus 3, ideal for last-minute flight-plan changes on the ground. A new security feature will hide the Stratus Wi-Fi network or make it password-protected, an important…

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epic eagle hud

Annapolis, Maryland-based Epic Optix has partnered with Textron Aviation on a $2,000 head-up display for general aviation that runs on aircraft power and mounts to the glareshield. The full-color HUD receives data via Wi-Fi from an Apple iPad or Android tablet running any electronic-flight-bag software, allowing users to view critical flight information without the need to look down at the instrument panel. The HUD is designed to AirPlay or screen-mirror data displayed from a mobile device. Epic Optix says the HUD can work with any type of EFB software application, including Avidyne’s IFD100, ForeFlight Mobile, WingX Pro, Garmin Pilot, Appareo Horizon for Stratus and others. The Epic Eagle can display altitude, airspeed, vertical speed indicator and angle-of-attack information without requiring a pilot to constantly scan instruments. The HUD can also show traffic,…

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stratos moves ahead with 716x twinjet

After more than 185 hours over about 130 test flights, Stratos announced that it has refined the design of its 714 twinjet. Stratos polled its potential customers, and based on their feedback, the company has begun design work on the next phase — the Stratos 716. Many of the design parameters will be adopted from the 714 proof of concept, such as the wings, landing gear, sidesticks, a single power lever and a Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 engine, says Stratos’ CTO and chief designer Carsten Sundin. However, the 716 will have a larger, redesigned fuselage. The new design is 31 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the 714’s. The 716 will provide a comfortable club or forward-facing seating arrangement for four people in the back, with plenty of luggage space…

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lancair launches two-seat barracuda

It’s been only a year and a half since the Huffstutler family took over Lancair International and relocated the assets from the headquarters in Redmond, Oregon, and the manufacturing facility in Cebu, Philippines, to Uvalde, Texas, but since then, the company has already announced two new airplane models. Sticking with the maritime nomenclature — the first model being the Mako — the latest addition is called the Barracuda. The two-seat Barracuda is a derivative of the speedy Legacy airframe. It has a longer one-piece wing, which Lancair says makes the build time quicker and the flight characteristics more docile. The Barracuda also features the same auto-retractable nose gear installed on the Mako. “The Barracuda is a 2-2-2 proposition — two seats and 200-knot cruise for only $200,000,” says Lancair president Conrad Huffstutler.…