Avionics Report

January 2000 Issue

Avidyne FlightMax

An eye-popping display and boundless capability. But high price and intense competition make it iffy as a pure moving map.

[IMGCAP(1)] Which way is this thing gonna go?

Will the world of general aviation avionics tilt in favor of Alpha boxes with color maps and comms or will the mega map displays soon take over?

Neither. It now seems at least somewhat clear that large area displays such as the Avidyne FSD we’ll review here will likely co-exist with the likes of the Garmin 430 and more as-yet-to-be-announced self-contained navigators.

What’s most curious about this emerging market is that despite fundamental differences in basic product philosophy, they all do more or less the same thing. The large format multi-function displays depend on external discrete boxes for navigation, traffic and weather data w...

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