Avionics News February 2013 - 20
VHF to GPS
Big Things Come in Small Packages
S T O R Y
D A V E
ave you ever considered the vast variety of
aircraft designs and types flying today? It’s as
broad and deep as ever in aviation history.
Aeronautical conveyances vary from the simplest Federal Aviation Regulations, Part 103 ultralights to new- and
legacy-model light-sport aircraft, up through moreconventional aluminum and composite hardware – Part
23 piston, propjet and turbofan and Part 25 airline-quality
Each stratum has its fans because each level of aircraft
fulfills differing missions.
A similar variety exists among the aviators who fly these
machines and why these disparate pilots pick their wings.
For some, practicality rules. They choose their aircraft
based on use plans or mission needs in service of business or
For others, the mere act of getting off the ground justifies
the investment in the machine.
So it should be no surprise that variety carries over into
the accessories pilots pick to fly with them in the cockpit.
Consider, for example, hearing protection.
Business jet and airline crew generally need far less
in the way of protection than pilots of vintage warbirds
– and warbird drivers generally need even more hearing
H I G D O N
Today, pilots and aircraft owners
enjoy more excellent options
in the realm of VHF aviation
transceivers than ever before.
protection than pilots flying modern piston, propjet or
It’s no surprise the market provides this vast, disparate
pilot population with numerous options. The variety also
extends to the solution options for accessories in the cockpit.
But let’s focus on what, for some, is backup or standby
equipment but, for others, serves as their mainstay avionics hardware: handheld very high frequency radios and