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also appear on all three Aspen displays.
ADS-B traffic information is currently
shown on the GTN 650, although we may
well change the GDL 88’s configuration to
have ADS-B traffic on the GTN 750’s bigger screen instead.
In order for ADS-B service to depict
all traffic (other Mode C- and Mode
S-transponder-equipped, plus other ADSB-equipped airplanes) there must be a
means of making your position information
available. Of course, the Debonair has it, in
the form of Garmin’s GTX 330 ES remote
transponder. This makes the Debonair a
full ADS-B player.
IPAD MINI. The Debonair’s panel-mounted
iPad always attracts a crowd at airshows,
and why not? It’s yet another source of GPS
and ADS-B-In data, and it also shows georeferenced position information, dubbed
“own ship” on the Aspen chart screens.
Input for the mini comes from Garmin’s
glareshield-mounted GDL 39 antenna, and
plays via Bluetooth on Garmin’s Garmin
Pilot app. The app lets you choose among
sectional chart or low- or high-altitude airway chart depictions, along with overlays
that show important ADS-B weather products—including Nexrad radar imagery and
textual weather information. You can even
call up a miniature six-pack of basic flight
instruments. Of course, you can load and
use other aviation apps, such as AOPA FlyQ,
ForeFlight, and WingX. But the GDL 39 only
works with the Garmin Pilot app.
Soon, it will be possible to take the
mini out of the airplane, load a flight plan
into it, then bring it to the panel where
the Aspens will automatically upload it—
and other information—via their new
connected panel technology. Aspen’s
CG100 Connected Gateway is already
installed, waiting to serve as a gateway
to future wireless apps.
So, once again, who’s going to lose situational awareness, get lost, miss out on the
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latest weather, or come too close to terrain
in this airplane? No one who can see any
one of the six large screens right in front
of their face.
ELECTRONICS INTERNATIONAL’S MVP50P. Yet another large-screen display is
dedicated to engine and systems monitoring—Electronics International’s MVP-50P.
Naturally, this unit has a display page dedicated to all the critical engine variables, but
other pages keep track of tach and Hobbs
times, and a fuel page includes totalizer
functions for the airplane’s four fuel tanks.