Avionics Report

November 2010 Issue

LSA Glass Cockpits: Worth the Expense

Given the go-places mission profile for modern LSAs, we think the payoff is worth the expense. The trick is choosing the best real-world capability.

When the FAA launched the LSA category a few years ago, the stated goal was to create a new level of simplicity, with lower acquisition and operating costs. Instead, pilots with a driverís license in pocket get wooed by gee-whiz panels and creating a feeding frenzy of upgrades that manufacturers are all too happy to provide. Does all that fancy integration represent real-world benefits and value? We think so, but only if you can match the avionics to the mission.

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