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Aviation suppliers offer their audiences a
broad variety of handheld electronics.
Today’s assortment of VHF communications and navigation units can do everything
a panel-mounted nav/comm offers – voice
communications, navigation by VHF omnidirectional radio range signals, even, in at least
one case, a full instrument landing system
function.
Then, there’s the plethora of high-tech
navigators using GPS for position reference – complete with advanced color moving maps and the accuracy of the wide-area
augmentation system, or WAAS.
Many of these GPS navigators also offer
added capabilities – particularly the ability
to display weather delivered via satelliteor ground-based broadcasts of datalink
weather. A familiar function, the attractions range from the graphical-based Digital Doppler weather radar images to text
and graphical METAR and terminal aerodrome forecast reports, lightning strikes
and satellite images of cloud cover.
These two types of portable devices
serve many pilots as the entire avionics
package for their ultralight, light-sport,
vintage, homebuilt and older general aviation aircraft.
For other pilots, they work as adjunct
avionics – accessories that augment the
panel-mounted equipment.
Still, others carry them solely for their
piece of mind as standby or backup gear

available in the event of panel-gear failure.
Although they are portable, these powerhouses can
provide an opportunity for sales and installation work for
avionics dealers, shops and technicians.
Radio Check, Please...
VHF Nav/Comm Receivers To Go
These days, flying without a communications transceiver invites risks.
Pop-up temporary flight restrictions, notices to airmen
with short lead time, and airport traffic reports and air
traffic control needs make the ability to talk and hear
more important than ever.
Today, pilots and aircraft owners enjoy
more excellent options in the realm of VHF
aviation transceivers than ever before.
They appeal as standby equipment to
pilots flying behind full stacks, as well as
to those aviators flying aircraft lacking
electrical systems.
These miracles of modern engineering
serve a primary role for many pilots of
sailplanes and balloons, ultralights and
antique aircraft – aircraft generally lacking
electrical systems or even a battery.
Many experimental builders find the
handheld VHF unit a suitable solution for
their panels.
Myriad options exist for pilots to choose
– some exclusively communications handhelds, some nav/comm combinations with
localizer-only function.

Sporty’s Pilot Shop’s SP-400

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News February 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Portable Powerhouses, VHF to GPS
Member Profile
Wires, Cables, & Connectors
Avionics News Through the Years
The Place To Be
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
AEAviators
Develop Your Best Salesperson
Business Basics
Trailblazer
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Before & After
Avionics News February 2013 - Intro
Avionics News February 2013 - Cover1
Avionics News February 2013 - Cover2
Avionics News February 2013 - 1
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Avionics News February 2013 - 3
Avionics News February 2013 - Point of Communication
Avionics News February 2013 - 5
Avionics News February 2013 - AEA Now
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Avionics News February 2013 - The View From Washington
Avionics News February 2013 - 15
Avionics News February 2013 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News February 2013 - Portable Powerhouses, VHF to GPS
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Avionics News February 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News February 2013 - Wires, Cables, & Connectors
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Avionics News February 2013 - Avionics News Through the Years
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Avionics News February 2013 - The Place To Be
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Avionics News February 2013 - Develop Your Best Salesperson
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Avionics News February 2013 - Business Basics
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