March 2015 Issue

Where’s The Remote?

Wireless remote control automation has arrived in the GA cockpit, sort of, thanks to the latest crop of connected avionics.

Believe it or not, itís been only five years next month since the first iPad was released. Even though it sometimes seems the tablet computers were developed for aviation use, itís been even less time since they were first used in a cockpit. The fact is many pilots these days canít imagine life without a tablet computer of some sort enhancing their situational awareness or displaying a needed chart. And as more and more performance, capability and convenience were shoehorned into them, it was just a matter of time before they were embraced by avionics manufacturers.

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