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December 2011 Issue

At left are at least 12 separate—yet often redundant—databases. And that’s not counting an aera 560 (five databases) for backup and the iPad in the lap (gobs of databases). Total yearly cost to keep all that data current (assuming U.S. Jepp coverage): $3600. Datalink weather not included.

The Data Debacle: Hidden Costs, Fine Print

Time and money spent on data currency have become leeches on the back of GA, owners say. And even then, the data may be incomplete. Are sales suffering?

Way back when RNAV for light aircraft was the Bendix/King KNS80 rho-theta system, keeping current charts was easy. For 20 bucks and a stop at the local FBO, you replaced all your data: One sectional, the local approaches, an A/FD and an enroute chart or two. If you were a serious traveler, price, weight and hassle escalated if you paid a premium to get updates mailed to you—in big packs or neat little envelopes—so you always had the latest charts. Those quaint days are gone forever, done in by the “convenience” of modern digital navigation where all your data lives on cards that you plug into your navigators.

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