November 14, 2019

It had to happen. General aviation autopilots have been advancing at such a pace that it is now possible to install a switch on light aircraft that will take over from the pilot, fly to the nearest suitable airport and land on it.

This must be great comfort to all those...

June 21, 2018

Today’s cockpits, whether in an airliner or LSA, are incomplete without an iPad running flying apps. The latest offering to the private pilot in South Africa is Jeppesen’s new Mobile FliteDeck VFR.

Worldwide, Jeppesen is the go-to provider of aviation maps, IFR plates a...

May 23, 2018

Bose set the standard for General Aviation active noise cancelling headsets in 2010 with the launch of the A20. Now, they’re looking to do the same in the airlines with their ProFlight headset.

Bose is marketing the ProFlight headset as the industry’s smallest, quietest...

April 3, 2018

For any pilot fortunate enough to own one, their aeroplane is one of their most cherished possessions. Whether it’s a vintage classic or new composite cruiser, keeping it spotless and polished is a matter of pride.

I know many aircraft owners who will spend hours at the...

February 27, 2018

Everyone loves electronic maps. But while plenty of developers are releasing fancy map updates, there’s still the worry that our iPads or tablets will lose connectivity or be inaccurate – and positioning your device so that it can see the satellites sometimes means you...

December 11, 2017

Graeme Wuth

The D2 Charlie is the third generation of Garmin’s top tier pilot watch, and its functionality is mind boggling. If you’re wondering what every pilot wants for Christmas – this is it.

Pilot watches are either fashion statements or uber gadgets. The D2 Charlie...

November 22, 2017

 Wouldn’t you like to own a piece of aviation history – a vintage warbird or a retired airliner? PlaneTags takes retired airframes and turns them into little mementos in the form of key ring tags.

PlaneTags are a branch of MotoArt, a company that salvages old aeroplanes...

September 19, 2017

South Africa’s proposed ADS-B regulations will require all IFR aircraft and any that operate above 10,000 ft to be equipped with an ADS-B transceiver. Most options out there come with a nasty price tag. But uAvionix is developing small, more affordable, and easy to ins...

July 21, 2017

For both pilots and their passengers, time spent at airports is characterised by hurrying up and waiting, and you can get a fair amount of work done during those waiting hours. Smartoo provides a perch for travellers’ laptops that clips onto a bag’s extendable handle.

S...

May 24, 2017

SA Flyer’s Saratoga ZS-OFH doesn’t have a cigarette lighter, and installing one so that we could charge a portable GPS, iPads or phones isn’t an option as it requires an STC. We’ve been powerless since, but a solution lies in a panel mounted USB charger.

The thing is, a...

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