Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I haven't forgotten about you...

Sorry folks for not posting in awhile. Fourth quarter is very hectic for me. However, I have many more in-depth articles to come. I have completed the final paint design for our Extreme Makeover and will be flying 36G to the paint shop in the next few days. After I get back I will document the design process and include detailed photos of the exterior restoration. Like all of my projects...this one will be intense. You won't want to miss it!

I have also had many requests about using technology in the cockpit. I will be writing some in-depth articles on my experiences with pretty much every cockpit system and technology ever used in GA. The good, the bad and the ugly. In the meantime, here's my top pick:

Check out Seattle Avionics for their EFB software. This is bar none the best out there. I will get into the features and capabilities later, but these guys know what they are doing. The software is highly-capable, is easy to use in the cockpit and they are constantly improving it. The next version 4.x will utilize the 3D directx video drivers on the computer and will enable gaming speed map rendering. It is awesome! If you are looking for reliable cockpit technology, check out Seattle Avionics. They also have a free version online. I would suggest downloading the software and trying it out. Can't beat the price ;)

You will need a reliable computer to run whatever software you decide to use. My top pick is the Motion Computing LE800 SST Laptop. The SST stands for Solid-State hard drive. These drives work at altitudes above 10,000 ft and use much less power. The systems are costly, but worth every penny. They are rock solid and readable in direct sunlight. If you are going to put your trust in a computer in an airplane...buy a good one. Get a Motion Computing laptop. Nothing else out there compares to it.

Happy Holidays!

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