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4/8/2012 - 4/16/2012

Radio Stack

This is my radio stack. I went to Sun-N-Fun this year and got some good deals.

On the top is an iFly 720 GPS. It is basically a moving map display with real sectional and
IFR charts (including airport diagrams). It allows for entering a flight plan, and has a built-in database for airport and navaid information. It can also display ADS-B (In) information,
such as traffic, weather, etc. with an appropriate external receiver.

Next is an Icom IC-A210 transceiver. It's not quite the cheapest unit out there, but it
might be the second-cheapest! (And by "cheap", I mean "inexpensive", not "low-quality"!
I've had a lot of good experiences with Icom amateur (HAM) radios.) It has some cool features, like a built-in 2-place intercom, and the ability to monitor the standby frequency,
so I don't have to leave the active flight-following frequency to get ATIS (for example).
It also has the ability to download frequencies from a GPS database, if the GPS happens
to support that kind of thing. (Mine doesn't, unfortunately.)

At the bottom is a Garmin GTX-327 transponder. I like the direct-entry buttons along the bottom. This model is not the new "Mode S", ADS-B (Out) version. That model costs twice
as much. However, if that was all that was required to comply with the new ADS-B (Out) requirements by 1/1/2020, I would have bought it. Unfortunately, ADS-B (Out) requires a
full-blown, IFR-certified, WAAS-capable GPS receiver, which start at around $8,000.
That would double the cost of my entire instrument panel (not just the radio stack)!
I just can't see equipping a low-and-slow, VFR-only rag-wing plane with IFR electronics. Hopefully something more economical will become available before the 1/1/2020 deadline.

Total Time: 11.5 hrs.