January 2012 Issue
Good Glass Deals: Skyhawks and DA40s
If you want an EFIS just for the thrill of flying glass, Diamonds Star and newish Skyhawks are hard to beat. But you may be facing a sellers market.
Were a long way from every cockpit having some form of a glass panel, but were getting there. Aftermarket installations of products like Aspens Evolution and Garmins 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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