Industry News

January 2012 Issue

Cirrus models with the Avidyne Entegra first appeared in 2003. But there aren’t many of them. Prices might be better on 2005 models.

Good Glass Deals: Skyhawks and DA40s

If you want an EFIS just for the thrill of flying glass, Diamond’s Star and newish Skyhawks are hard to beat. But you may be facing a seller’s market.

We’re a long way from every cockpit having some form of a glass panel, but we’re getting there. Aftermarket installations of products like Aspen’s Evolution and Garmin’s G500 are making inroads and as some airplanes head for the scrap heap (or Brazil), the percentage of glass cockpits slowly grows. If you want glass, the cheapest, least painful way may be to simply shop the used market for the first airplanes that got glass panels, meaning 2003 to about 2007. These airframes have taken their predictable depreciation nosedive, but many of them are still a long way from the ratted-out phase.

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