Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2016-2017 - 60
Start by defining needs, wants and budgets
ircraft owners and operators today enjoy a dizzying array of
options for enhancing the panels they fly behind - arguably
more than ever .
Options are particularly vast among the Part 23 fleet and within the
growing fleet of experimental, amateur-built aircraft .
This is not suggesting the phenomenon is new or that aviation
generally lacks upgrade options . But for past generations of avionics
and instruments, available options varied from analog to . . . analog .
Before advent of affordable, highly capable glass-cockpit
systems for general aviation, an aircraft owner could opt for flight
gyro instruments powered by air or electricity; regardless of the
power, however, the mechanism employed at its heart a spinningmass gyroscope - 14 volt or 28, suction or pressurized aircraft
Today, most of the old analog options remain, allowing owners
and pilots the option of renewing a well-worn panel with all-new gear
slipped into the same round and rectangular holes as the devices
removed . This helps keep the panels of many senior-citizen aircraft
looking true to their vintage .
Beyond the availability of modern analog instruments awaits
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