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Goodies and Gadgets - February 2014

D’Shannon Baffles Refine Cooling Process

D’Shannon Baffle Cooling Kits provide vital airflow to engines, extending cylinder life.Realizing that properly fitting baffles can have a dramatic impact on cylinder life; D’Shannon Aviation has gone the distance in refining their custom baffle cooling kits for Barons and Bonanzas. It is one of the reasons the company went beyond FAA requirements, conducting flight tests in 100 degree ambient temperatures. Data collected in conditions that exceed FAA requirements have verified the cooling properties of D’Shannon engine baffles.

A vital factor in the effectiveness of baffles is the snugness of their fit against the cowling to utilize all incoming air by directing it over the cylinders. The new engine-mounted aluminum baffles are provided with high temp, high tear strength silicone that is used to mate the baffles to composite inserts that are attached to the upper cowling for maximized cooling.

D’Shannon Baffle Cooling Kits come with the mounting brackets, hardware, along with metal and flexible seals configured to eliminate any possible loss of cooling air. An engine with proper cooling will make it to TBO by substantially reducing CHT and oil temperatures.

“The new Baffle Cooling Kits represent a significant advancement in technology from the products that were marketed by our predecessor, Beryl D’ Shannon,” said Scott Erickson, President of D’Shannon Aviation. “We didn’t just change the company name, we elevated the quality of materials and manufacturing process in every product we sell today. And we stand behind them.”

D’Shannon Baffle Cooling Kits come complete and ready for installation. They are designed to fit IO-550, IO-520 and IO-470 engines on the Beech Bonanza and Baron. For more information visit or call 800.291.7616.


Garmin Adds Attitude With GDL 39 3D ADS-B Receiver

The time pilots have to comply with ADS-B is just around the corner, but the option to take advantage of the features ADS-B has to offer, including traffic and subscription-free weather are available today. As if traffic and weather weren’t enticing enough, Garmin’s new GDL 39 3D offers back-up aircraft attitude information.

Weather, traffic, and back-up attitude information are conveniently displayed within Garmin Pilot on iOS and Android mobile devices. Since all of the information is displayed within one application, pilots don’t have to choose whether to display their moving map or vital traffic information to reference back-up attitude information.

The GDL 39 3D offers ADS-B traffic information and alerts. ADS-B In information allows pilots to gain a better understanding of the traffic picture around them by displaying Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B) information. TargetTrend relative motion technology also helps pilots visualize the trend of traffic threats near them, further reducing workload. Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) weather displays products such as NEXRAD imagery, METARs, TAFs, winds and temperatures aloft, PIREPs, NOTAMs, and the best part? It’s free.

Today, pilots can take advantage of all the capabilities the GDL 39 3D has to offer, including back-up attitude information, traffic and weather, within the Garmin Pilot application on iOS and Android mobile devices.  Garmin products including the aera 795/796, aera 500 series, GPSMAP 695/696 are traffic and weather compatible while the GPSMAP 496/495/396 have the capability to display up to seven traffic targets.

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iLevil Sport: Back-up GPS, Attitude Indicator can display Certified GPS and ADS-B on mobile devices

The new iLevil Sport provides an affordable and portable stand-alone AHRS and GPS backup that can link to the recently-certified NavWorX ADS-B receiver, thus allowing pilots to meet the 2020 mandate for ADS-B out.

The iLevil Sport has the latest WiFi technology, and is compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems. It is capable of driving Synthetic Vision applications with professionally calibrated gyros that far exceed the leveling capabilities of any tablet’s internal gyros or similar systems.

Unlike the recently-released iLevil SW, the iLevil Sport does not have an on-board ADS-B receiver. The company says the Sport aims to supply the demand of pilots that already have an ADS-B IN solution (such as the NavWorX ADS600-B) or who don’t need ADS-B hardware at all because their country does not support this system.

There is no calibration or permanent installation required from the user, making it the ideal backup solution for General Aviation aircraft. The internal battery lasts up to 8 hours when fully charged. When flying on a sunny day, the integrated solar panels will significantly extend the life of the battery and even recharge it when the device is not in use. The iLevil Sport can also be recharged through the standard USB plug using the accessory (cigarette lighter) receptacle. When used in combination with the NavWorx transceiver, the iLevil Sport can be automatically powered ON/OFF though the serial interface.

The iLevil Sport is available factory-direct through, for $799.



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