Accessories

March 1998 Issue

Cockpit Computers

Display and software problems are slowly being solved, but they’re still not ready for the work-a-day world.

You have to envy big-iron drivers with all those navigation and weather displays, with overlays at the touch of a button, plus engine instruments, alarms, checklists, timers and lots more.

Why can’t general aviation have some of those goodies? Well, we can. Sort of.

Our desire for electronic cockpit displays has not escaped the notice of several ingenious (and gutsy) entrepreneurs, who have developed lighter and sometimes better versions of big-iron flight deck computers aimed at the spam can market. Several manufacturers have jumped onto this bandwagon with an array of ideas and hardware to match. The question is: Is this concept in its current incarnation ready for prime time? Wh...

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