Avionics Report

November 2000 Issue

Electronic Traffic Avoidance

Cheap and capable are mutually exclusive. The big news is how color multi-function displays have changed the equation.

[IMGCAP(1)] In the world of little airplanes, it’s all but a given that technology has stood frozen in time since the mid-1960s. The shining exception is avionics. Thanks to GPS and (relatively) cheap color displays, the modern high-dollar IFR panel makes the host airframe seem positively Jurassic.

But even within the rosy world of airplane electronics, there’s an exception: Collision avoidance equipment. While GPS-even color GPS—is well within the budget of the common hangar dweller, electronic collision avoidance is not. Consider this: Even a basic electronic traffic avoidance system—say the Ryan 8800 TCAD—could easily double the cost of a mid-range avionics upgrade, without providing...

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