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Would I Survive? An Instrument Approach using only ForeFlight Synthetic Vision

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My friend David has been after me for a while now to answer a burning question that's been on his mind. That question was... would it be possible to fly an instrument approach using ONLY ForeFlight's Synthetic Vision display, and not looking at the instrument panel at all (needless to say, no looking out the window either). As unconventional as this sounded, I was intrigued and agreed to give it a try. The video we made shows the outcome of that flight, done with both an instrument-rated and non-instrument-rated pilot giving it a try to see which fared better.

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ABS-B Update: Equipping for 2020

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The requirement to have ADS-B Out installed by 2020 feels like it's right around the corner, and many GA aircraft have already been outfitted.  Those pilots are already enjoying the benefits of Free weather and traffic. Yet for those that haven't gotten there yet, the field of vendors and equipment to chose from can sometimes feel daunting. Just when you think you've made up your mind what you can (and are allowed to) install in your plane to be compliant, another new product shows up on the market place. And if that weren't enough, just getting your head around all the new acronyms can make your head spin.  In this informative video, produced by Sporty's, John Zimmerman explains the technology and unravels some of the confusion surrounding ADS-B.

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Demo of Foreflight's Synthetic Vision and ADS-B using a Stratus 2S

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Back when Foreflight first released Synthetic Vision, I made a very quick and dirty video showing what it looked like, but I'd always wanted to come back and do a better job. Finally, I've now made a better demonstration of their Synthetic Vision and also included some footage that shows how ADS-B Traffic appears on the Map display as well. In this video you'll see a split screen display, one is view of what it looks like out the cockpit window and the other showing the Foreflight display.  The two views are synchronized to each other for comparison.The results show just how accuarte the synthetic vision display is at projecting exactly what you're seeing out in front of the plane.

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