December 2011 Issue
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 youin big packs or neat little envelopesso 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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