May 2008 Issue
I found your article on affordable panel upgrades a realistic and refreshing alternative to the "We Fly The Latest Glass!" articles appearing monthly in the aviation glossies. For unfortunate souls whose budget for goodies has been depleted by the price of avgas, your functional and affordable GPS options for IFR operations make a lot of sense. I fly a light twin with a variant on your Option 1: a panel mount IFR-certified GPS (Apollo GX 50) complemented by a panel-mounted Flight Cheetah 210—a bigger screen cousin of the Garmin 496. With this arrangement, I handle frequent hard IFR with confidence, weather smarts and situational awareness that I couldn’t even imagine while earning my instrument rating an avionics generation ago in an aircraft with nothing more than two VORs and an ADF.
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