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    Published on 12-15-2008 02:56 PM

    I just picked up the new Garmin 696 and love it. I had a 496 and traded it in to Tropic Aero in Ft. Lauderdale and picked up the 696 and have about 4 hours ...
    Published on 11-27-2008 02:45 PM

    This PDA-based, touch screen pilot's GPS has entered the market prematurely, in my opinion. Included with the paperwork was a sheet of known "bugs" or problems with the unit; that was the first ...
    Published on 11-05-2008 02:43 PM

    Last week I finally picked up my Sierra with a Aspen Avionics EFD1000 installed. I flew a couple of ILS approaches with it and it was great. The ...
    Published on 09-30-2008 01:40 PM

    Originally posted by BAC member Craig Tankersly. Magneto ER Inc. 2505 South Main St. Searcy, AR 72143 Phone: 501-268-9950

    Text follows: Hello all Mike has ...
    Published on 01-05-2008 10:25 AM

    Hello Everyone. Santa brought me a new ProxAlert R5 for Christmas. The R5 Proximity Alerter is a passive device which detects transponder replies ...
    Published on 07-22-2007 01:37 PM

    My family bought me an Airmap 2000C for Father's Day this year. I have a Garmin 250XL in my plane, but the moving map is as basic as it gets. The truth be told, ...
    Published on 07-03-2007 01:35 PM

    Finally found the elusive 6-40 pitot screw from Small Parts, Inc. online. Ordered the screws and received them in a timely manner. The screws were ...
    Published on 12-01-2006 02:22 PM

    First, I would like to say that I concur with Dave Snodgrass on Mid-America Avionics, they are first class. I had an S-TEC 55X installed in my 1979 Sierra. Prior to installing ...
    by Published on 10-02-2006 06:10 PM

    We went shopping for an IFR GPS last winter and settled on the Garmin 300XL TSO GPS/COM for a couple of reasons:
    • IFR Certified GPS
    • IFR Legal COM
    • Good Price (<$3k) on Factory Reconditioned Units
    We chose against a Garmin 420/430 option for a few reasons:
    • No real extra functionality
    • Net Extra Cost of $2k-$4k (Used/New)
    • $3k+ Upgrade Cost to WAAS
    The unit has a somewhat different menu structure than the 430/530 series, some like it more, some less. Either way it is quite a bit better than the King KLN series of IFR GPS. As I've gotten used to it and used it actively I find I like it actually very easy to use. Most primary features can be activated in a net of 1-3 knob twists and 3-5 button pushes, secondary features (various nav, air, GPS, performance calc options) take a few more twists or buttons but not any worse than a 400/500 Series unit. The display is overall very readable but sometimes washes out a bit in direct sunlight. The inverted/auto-dimmed display is identical to that on the Garmin 327/330 transponders and is very readable without glaring at night. Feature wise the 300XL has the same features as a Garmin 420 (the GPS/COM version of the 430) minus the datalink, basemap and non-GPS approaches for "advisory" use. For "legal" IFR usage the 300 can do everything the 420 can until the 400/500 series get their WAAS upgrades (which will now set you back $3k-$5k installed if you don't already own your 400). The extra value of a 420/430 comes in a few areas:
    • WAAS Upgradability to VNAV/LNP Approaches
    • Base Map w/Terrain
    • Availability of Data Link Options (Weather, TIS, etc)
    All of these extras except the terrain/basemap have substantial extra costs. The GDL 69 box for datalinked weather for instance costs more than a complete Garmin 496 which has the value of being portable to the car or other aircraft. So it is up to you as to whether the extra $2k-$4k is money well spent or not. Currently the 300s are going for <$3k for a factory reconditioned unit with full 1 year warrenty. The cost savings of the 300 is somewhat offset by the need for an additional annunciator/switch panel (cost $600-$1000 installed) but still substantial. At "new" pricing the units are less of a deal especially when factoring in the annunciator cost. Right now if you have the $$ to spend new I would buy a 480 with WAAS/VNAV/LPB out of the box or wait for the Garmin 420/430/530 upgraded units to be available. But if you really want an IFR GPS now and can't afford a 420/430 these units are a fine option. The money you save can pay for quite a bit else as well including an add-on Garmin 496 with weather ...
    Published on 09-23-2006 01:18 PM

    I just replaced my old SCAT ducting with new Custom Ducts. They had very good customer service and gave me the BAC discount. The new ducts are much ...
    Published on 07-22-2006 01:14 PM

    I have not actually operated a Sigma-Tec AEON pump, as it will not fit in my Sierra. The combination of the engine mount tubes, the IO360-A1B6, and the large Bendix 1200-series magnetos leaves too little space for the ...
    by Published on 07-22-2006 10:31 AM

    Last month I got my SuperMouse back with a new GTX327 transponder, used (but new new for me) GMA340 audio panel/interncom, and a factory ...
    by Published on 03-09-2006 12:38 PM
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    Last month I got my SuperMouse back with a new GTX327 transponder, used (but new new for me) GMA340 audio panel/intercom, and a factory ...
    Published on 10-26-2005 01:10 PM

    Best thing I've put in my airplane yet. Bar none. Took me a week to get the local FSDO to give me a field approval but the installation was easy and now I won't do without it. ...
    Published on 10-26-2005 01:08 PM

    I got tired of not using all the buttons on my last expensive audio panel so this time I decided to down size. The PS Engineering PMA 4000 eliminates all the ...
    Published on 10-26-2005 01:04 PM

    I just installed a used Northstar M3 Approach GPS in my BE23, Akromouse. I wanted to keep the weight, cost and complexity down and this is the perfect unit to do it. The ...
    Published on 10-26-2005 01:01 PM

    Got a UBG-16 engine monitor for Akromouse at Sun-N-Fun this year. It has oil press, oil temp and an OAT to compliment the steam gauges. It displays EGT's and ...
    Published on 10-18-2005 12:54 PM

    I finally broke down early this year and decided to buy a handheld GPS with a budget of up to $1000. After comparing those available long past the point of diminishing returns, I decided on the Garmin 196. However, at AOPA's open house last ...
    Published on 09-30-2005 12:51 PM

    I received my new split tail cone from Aerofairings today. I was disappointed because it did not include the fastners at the split. This unit must be drilled ...
    Published on 07-31-2005 12:47 PM

    I called Met-Co-Aire on a Monday morning and the wingtips were on the porch Wednesday afternoon. (Note: They may not always have a set in stock.) Shipping was included, and they gave ...

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