Avionics Report

July 2011 Issue

Avidyne TAS600: Still a Top Choice

A mature and solid-performing traffi c minder readies itself on the ADS-B bandwagon. But even as is, it remains one of our favorite traffi c systems.

We’ve flown and installed enough Avidyne TAS systems to confidently hail them as top values in active traffic alerters. We even proclaimed it the best traffic system in our 2008 Gear of the Year award. It was Ryan that engineered and birthed the twin-antenna 9900-series TCAD back in the 90s. When Avidyne and Ryan merged, the popular 9900BX became the TAS600. With a liberal display potential, it’s been a brisk seller and popular option for active traffic alerting. The latest evolution in Avidyne’s TAS logically promises ADS-B functionality, a refreshingly lower price tag and retains a notoriously complex and critical installation process that will make or break performance.

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