December 2011 Issue
Is the Navcomm Dead? Not Quite Yet
Not everyone needs or can afford a new color mapcomm, so theres still a place for venerable navcomms as second fiddle. Heres how to buy smart.
Back in the day, you were top dog if your panel sported dual KX155 or MK12D digital navcomms. These days, that same panel begs to be upgraded to all-in-one navigators while the standalone navcomm plays second fiddle as backup. But that doesnt make the navcomm radio extinct. For IFR flying, youll want the second comm radio while a backup nav receiver could be handy for raw data crosscheck on an RNAV approach. For basic LSAs, a standalone navcomm might be the only radio youll ever need.
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