Finding the True Flight GPSWritten by Thomas Block
July 2005- When I recently changed aeronautical directions by selling my light twin and moving into a two-seat sport airplane, I knew that I needed to also change my entire outlook on what sort of onboard navigation gear I’d add.
The airplane arrived at my hangar with a bare minimum of electronics—one communications transceiver, one transponder with altitude encoder, and one small handheld GPS mounted on the glareshield.
I knew that I could use a little more, but what? And at what cost, both in dollars and panel space?
Since the mission statement for my new airplane was for basically only VFR flying (but with onboard IFR-capable gyros, just in case some rain, fog or dark of night crept into our en route plans), I certainly couldn’t justify the sort of equipment that I used to haul around.
On top of that, not even a fraction of my previous FAA-approved gear would fit into the instrument panel, neither in height, width nor depth. So I began to search around in rather unfamiliar territory—VFR GPS equipment—to find out what was out there that might be just right for me.