Avionics News July 2017 - 34
S T O R Y
S C O T T
UNIQUE EXPERIENCE FOR
ONE WINNER OF THE AEA'S
$1,000 DRAWING AT 2014
S P A N G L E R
eople attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
for many reasons. For Marcia Noell and
her husband, Frank, their inaugural trip to
Oshkosh in 2014 was a one-stop comparison shopping trip, the first step in upgrading the avionics
in their 1974 Cessna 182. Little did they know then that
it would be the start of a two-year odyssey that would
reach well beyond the initial goal of meeting the Federal
Aviation Administration's ADS-B Out mandate.
When they started, the Noelles didn't see themselves
as early adopters, but their experience proved otherwise.
"In retrospect, being an early adopter might not have
been the right decision," Marcia said. "It's a conundrum,
a thin line between early adopter and a tardy arrival who
must wait in line for an upgrade."
Their avionics odyssey started "when we had several
pieces of equipment fail or age into obsolescence,"
Marcia said. Like other general aviation aircraft of the
era, the panel was home to a mix of instruments and avionics. Steam gauges gathered around a BendixKing HSI.
Collins Microline communication and navigation radios
shared the stack with a Narco transponder and distance
measuring equipment. A few years before their trip to
Oshkosh, they added an S-Tec 60 autopilot.