November 2005 Issue
ADS-B: No Thanks
I am the skinflint Bonanza owner referred to in “ADS-B Buy or Wait?,” in the August issue of Aviation Consumer and what I found out is that there’s no free lunch in avionics. After much teeth gnashing, I purchased an MX20/GNS480/GTX330/GDL69 set-up from Garmin. After looking at the GDL90, I just couldn’t bring myself to believe the FAA will follow though with a free-lunch program for GA.
This was reinforced by a discussion I had with an FAA official at Oshkosh over breakfast at the hotel where we were staying. He spoke in flowery terms of ADS-B as the future of GA for $300 per airplane. He evidently hasn’t visited his local avionics dealer lately.
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