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Garmin’s GNS 530

SETTING GUIDELINES: MATCH BUDGET AND AMBITION,
THEN EXECUTE ACCORDINGLY
When pilots and owners speak in terms of “affordable”
airplanes, the scale ranges broadly.
We know owners who fly $250,000 high-performance
retracts and feel they’re poor, while flying, at once, the
alpha and omega of their budgets and needs.
For one aircraft owner, his high-performance, 170-knot
four-seater is the most aircraft he can afford and, at the
same time, the least he’s willing to own for his travel
needs.
He lusts after a glass cockpit replacement that fits his
budget – one with an electronic primary flight display,
an electronic multifunction display, WAAS GPS, traffic-,
terrain- and weather-avoidance hardware, and, if he can
ultimately find the funds, ADS-B – both Out and In. He
believes he can fulfill his ambitions over several years
– without sinking into the airplane more money than it’s
worth.
For another owner, the most he can afford is a 60-yearold tailwheel Cessna he bought for $50,000 – and far
more than his other plane, an $18,000 Taylorcraft.
The T-craft , as
purchased, satisfies this
recreational-flying need,
so he happily keeps it as
original as possible. He
uses a hand-held WAAS
GPS for nav, seldom
uses the hand-held
comm and doesn’t fly
the taildragger IFR.
For his other plane,
like the previous owner,
the ambition to embrace
the digital revolution
is strong. Both hold
instrument ratings, and
both log considerable
cross-country time
yearly. No surprise,
they both lust for panels
Aspen’s Evolution 500
more like the new-plane

stacks they see.
The Cessna owner wants to go electronic in the panel –
but only as much modernization as he can get for half the
hull value, or about $25,000.
The retract owner has broader ambitions but no larger
a budget – with a little fudge room allowing for the
more-capable aircraft he flies.
The goal, all noted, is sticking within the bounds of
their budgets – budgets largely framed by the value of
their airplanes. In their cases, $25,000 to $35,000 is the
maximum.
The reality is that thousands of airplanes in the fleet
remain bound in their original analog world of panel
instruments, while many of their owners lust to fly
behind at least part of the new technology delivered in
today’s new planes.
Since, in most cases, the new and old planes offer
approximately equal performance, panels are the main
difference.
The new avionics and electronics deliver improved
capabilities and reduced maintenance burden – common
to digital panel gear.
The cost hurdle can be tackled with a bit of realistic
assessment and planning; assessment of the budget – or
how to acquire the budget needed – and the needs of the
pilot, both blue-sky and bare-bones.
Many pilots of our acquaintance would welcome
help mapping out a progressive improvement plan for
their plane – a plan that recognizes their limitations and
ambitions for flying the plane they love.
But it takes planning – and budgeting.

THE LONG VIEW: FLYING TO TOMORROW IN TODAY’S PLANE
The idea for this thought focuses on owners – or
would-be owners – who own or want a “keeper,” or an
airplane that fits their basic needs long-term. The resaleContinued on following page

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News August 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Equipped Like New
Member Profile
Measured Growth and AEA Membership
Avionics News Through the Years
Should an iPad be in Your Toolbox?
AEAviators
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
Before & After
Meet the AEA Board of Directors
Seven Habits of Effective Avionics Dealers
Business Basics
Higher Education Leads to Rewarding Career in Avionics
NextGen Plan Highlights General Aviation Role
Legal Ease
AEA Announces Scholarship Winners for 2013-14
AEA Educational Foundation Scholarship List for 2014-15 Academic Year
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
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Avionics News August 2013 - AEA Educational Foundation Scholarship List for 2014-15 Academic Year
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