Avionics Report

June 2000 Issue

Transponder Flyoff

Among computer-controlled transponders, Garmin’s GX 327 leads the pack with the Bendix/King KT76A as a downmarket value.

[IMGCAP(1)] Ya gotta hate transponders.

Although they’re among the least expensive avionics to buy, they aren’t exactly cheap. A complete installation will cost about $2000 and when you’re done, all you’ve got is a…transponder. No fancy map, no color, no stereo. Just some boring digits and a display on a distant ATC radar screen that you’ll never see. Nonetheless, these mundane boxes are a necessity and if you need a replacement, there are some new ones on the market. Herewith is a survey.

Garmin GTX327
Continuing on its path toward World Domination, Garmin recently added a new digital transponder to its growing line of light aircraft avionics. The 200-watt, solid state des...

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