If you’ve seen any old WWII movies that feature planes at all, one of the first instruments they zoom in on is the artificial horizon indicator. It’s the big ball in the middle of the cockpit that shows how the aircraft is positioned relative to the ground. The CH Hanson 50024 Precision Ball Level has the same kind of thing, and it’s sweet.
Someone should have thought of this years ago. The aviation-style ball, which replaces a bubble vial, is both accurate and simple to read. Because the level is ball-style it can measure in two directions at once, just like the one in a plane. Plus, it measures angles in degrees or pitches.
We love the idea and how large the ball-style readout is. If it can make it through a few drops around the job site without the ball shattering, it looks like an extremely handy rig to have. We wonder how long it will take for other manufacturers to try to follow suit. Pricing starts at around $40 for a 24″ model.
Note* Thanks to reader Kyle for the heads up.