Avionics Report

October 2010 Issue

Low-Cost ADS-B: Trig Avionics, NavWorx

New ADS-B products are appearing on the market, showing hope for affordable solutions. But will today’s low-cost options meet tomorrow’s requirements?

In all the years we’ve been covering avionics, no piece of technology has been more confusing, uncertain and changeable as ADS-B. While NextGen may be the epitome of force-fed government technology, you’ll eventually need to comply with an ADS-B mandate. The equipage mandate is still on schedule for the year 2020. That’s a long time given the rapidly changing nature of avionics. Buying equipment now is risky, yet the race for affordable ADS-B solutions has begun. Some are even introducing low-cost portable ADS-B products, an idea that’s putting consumers at ease. Which low-cost products will withstand the scrutiny of the FAA and the test of time? We don’t know. But here are some contenders.

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