The FAA announced today that they've determined it's safe for airlines to ease restrictions on when passengers can use portable electronics in flight. In the near future you'll be able to use your iPad and other gadgets from gate to gate.
The iPad is an excellent resource for those flying single-pilot in GA airplanes, but it still requires lots of heads down time to find the necessary information for each phase of flight. Voice recognition and digital assistant features like Siri might provide a better way for us to interact with these devices and provide more meaningful information in flight.
The new Stratus weather receiver generated a lot of interest at the recent Sun 'n Fun Fly-in in Florida. One of the questions that comes up first is, "when will my area get ADS-B coverage?" The good news is that the FAA is rapidly building out the ADS-B ground network, and 16 ground stations just went live.
The annual Sporty's Pilot Shop Fly-in is this Saturday, May 17, at the Clermont County Airport (I69). Three seminars will cover the iPad, from Sporty's, Garmin and ForeFlight.
Many pilots may be wondering how there can possibly be another ADS-B product, what with a slew of options from Garmin, L-3, Aspen, Appareo and Freeflight. Isn't the market full? It's certainly crowded, but Garmin's introduction this week of a new series of 1090 MHz ADS-B Out transponders is noteworthy for a few reasons.
There were lots of new product announcements at EAA AirVenture this year, including new ADS-B receivers, gadgets for the cockpit and aviation app updates. Here's a recap of what was introduced.