February 11, 2016.
Issue No. 4,050.
Flight Profile View Now in Garmin Pilot...v8.1.0 iPad
When I powered this up last night it told me v8.1.0 was available
for download. With it comes a new Flight Profile View.
So I installed, found some Wx and created a flight through it -
click to enlarge screen grab below. Items of note: You
can 'grab' the altitude line and move it vertically to see how that
affects your time, obstacle, and airspace clearances. It shows
where the cloud layers, their coverage and wind speeds at different
altitudes are. Tapping on anything in the profile lets you
drill down in the data for more information (airspace, clouds, etc).
v8.1.0 has other improvements, but the profile view got my attention
(click to enlarge)
I also discovered a new (maybe just new to me) feature regarding
winds when choosing an altitude for your flight. This morning
when I hopped up to GLE for some gas I *think* I noticed it giving
me more info than it used to. Specifically fuel used, ETE and
Wind components - helpful when picking an altitude on a longer trip.
iPad screen grab below...
My flight to KGLE and back used the profile below - threading the
space between the top of DTO's 2500' Class D (I was talking to 'em)
and the floor of DFW's Class B.
Slight tangent about displaying info...I have read a few books
from Edward Tufte
over the years about presenting large amounts of information
graphically, and this profile view got me thinking again of the work
Charles Minard. His chart drawn about the French Army
losses during the Russian Campaign of 1812-1813 available for
viewing (in English)
HERE. Spend some time on these last three links if you
have time to kill at work. I dig this stuff more than I
to airplanes and bringing it home, yes, I would love to someday see
Tufte Sparklines (example at right) in my EFIS as screen
resolutions increase. EGT, CHT, Oil Pressure - band of normal
range with historical data overlapping. Maybe bluetoothed out
to the iPad retina display. Thousands of data points in the
size of a postage stamp.
The data reporting just gets better and better these days.
Exciting times. This profile view got some creative juices
going, I guess.
Nerds of the world unite! ;^)
First Flight: Doug Kott RV-9A ...multiple pics and lotsa text
What a rush.
Earlier today I pulled back on the stick of an airplane I built in
my garage. It leapt into the air and stayed there!!!!
Perfect conditions at Cable Airport: a balmy 77-degree February day
(El Nino on hold temporarily!), some light cirrus clouds at about
20,000 feet and zero turbulence. P-factor, etc. caught me a little
off guard on the takeoff roll and I veered a little to the left, but
I lofted the nose wheel a few inches and she was flying in 500 feet
or so. I've done this hundreds of times in rental Cherokees, DA-20s
and 172s, but I have to say it's a little surreal when you,
your-own-self, have built the thing and point it skyward for the
Do I have a CHT problem? ...Clark Carroll
My RV-6A ...John Bonewitz
Hi, Just wanted to check in. I'm the proud new owner of an RV6-A.
I'm not the builder, but I had previously built an O-235 powered
Kitfox Series 5, which I sold a couple of years ago. I've been
wanting an airplane better suited to long trips, and had been
looking at RV7's, and I went to take a look at this airplane so I
might have a basis of comparison between the two models. Once I saw
the amazing build quality of this airplane I knew I'd be hard
pressed to find one as nice. Plus, the price was right. The airplane
is powered by a Lyc. O360 with a FP prop and was finished in 1999.
It has only 215 hours on the engine. The panel is a bit dated, but
I'm planning a refresh in the future. Right now, I'm trying to solve
an issue which as developed with the Electroair ignition. I'll post
a question about that on the General forum.
I've been lurking the forum for awhile now, but I'm looking forward
to contributing more in the future.
All the best,