February 2006 Issue

First Word: 02/06

A Great Idea Made Less Great
In this issue, youíll find an in-depth review of Avidyneís new active traffic product being offered at a price that will finally make it affordable for Skyhawk and Archer drivers. Kudos to Avidyne and Ryan for making this happen. But this breakthrough is not quite as terrific as it might have been.

Specifically, itís saddled by what I call the $5000 surprise. And here it is: If youíve seen the ads for the TAS600 selling for under $10,000 and you want to install one in, say, your older Mooney 231, youíre out of luck, partner. (The fact that we own an older 231 is purely coincidental, by the way.) Because the 231 is certified for flight above 18,500 f...

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