Avionics Report

November 2007 Issue

Panel Mount Traffic: Avidyne’s TAS Prevails

Although there are performance differences, they aren’t substantial. The TAS-600 offers the lowest cost of entry, but watch antenna installation costs.

Fear of a mid-air collision ranks high on the demon list for many owners—high enough that there’s a lively market in panel-mounted traffic systems that cost the better part of $20,000 or more to install. There’s also intense competition in the field, leading us to ask if one system is really better enough than another to recommend it over its competitors.The short answer is that performance doesn’t drive the traffic box choice as much as price and display preference does. All of the systems we’ve tried adequately do the basic job of seeing threatening traffic and although none have a perfect record of seeing every threat airplane, we didn’t see enough difference between the products to recommend one over another solely on performance.

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