Avionics Report

February 2000 Issue

The Upgrade From Hell

Want trouble? Schedule the paint, interior and a major panel upgrade at the same time.

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Strange behavior in a woman at a certain times of the month is often blamed on her hormones. The medical label for this is pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS.

As a pilot who is also a physician and an aviation medical examiner, I have noticed similar peculiar behavior in myself and other pilots and I can tell you it has nothing to do with hormones. This version of PMS—what I call panel mania syndrome—manifests itself when a simple avionics upgrade evolves into an obsessive quest to own more electronic gadgetry than the space shuttle has.

Symptoms? A preference for a glossy avionics brochure over the centerfold of another well-known publication, the foolish notion that the...

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