Avionics Report

November 1998 Issue

The GPS Jungle

With the avionics market in chaos, you need to tune out the noise to buy smart. Here’s our version of clarity.

Talk about buyer’s remorse, you just sunk $6000 into a new IFR-approved GPS installation when, surprise, the next issue of Trade-A-Plane arrives announcing a $1000 price cut for the very same navigator you just bought.

The only solace we can offer is this: You’re not alone. To describe the current GPS (and navcom) market as “fluid” is like calling the Titanic a boat mishap. The notion of equipping for the future is hopeless, unless your idea of the future is between six weeks and two months.

An unusual juxtaposition of FAA meddling, flat market demand and intense competition has yielded an unprecedented bumper crop of GPS navigators and mapcoms.

Yet despite the variety in price and...

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