Avionics Report

September 2011 Issue

MFD Market Scan: Has Their Era Passed?

Standalone MFDs as we know them make sense only for a select few thanks to all-in-one navigators like Garminís GTN 750, GPS portables and the iPad.

Remember overlaying your ADF needle on an Argus moving map display? This is what started the ball rolling on dedicated MFD displays. Years later, Avidyne revolutionized the big MFD with the original FlightMax series. But the upgrade demand for standalone MFDs has plummeted to near extinction. The first salvo was Garminís 530, whose screen took the GPS navigator to the near-MFD level. The new GTN 750 now crosses the line with every major MFD feature save shipís radar. On the other end of the scale, most MFD map functions are mimicked by aeras, iPads and the likeóand for far less cash.

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