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Garmin
GFC 700

attention for good reason, there's another system in
the aircraft that's more than worthy of consideration for
modernization - the autopilot .
In fact, upon further inspection, you may just be
surprised by what capabilities a new autopilot can
bring to your customers' cockpit .
Aside from the basic ability to fly an aircraft
smoother and more accurately track a GPS course,
the newer autopilots offer a host of new technologies
and capabilities that can dramatically reduce workload
in instrument flight rules and visual flight rules
conditions .
But are those capabilities enough reason to replace
a perfectly good autopilot?
As one avionics shop owner put it, "In a lot of cases,
customers with money to spend have to look at the
situation .
Some systems are too old and limited in functions
to allow the pilot to take advantage of the new
capabilities found in the rest of their avionics
package . Systems that will not readily adapt to GPSS
and cannot couple to the glideslope to fly WAAS/
LNAV/VNAV approaches are good candidates for
replacement ."
There are some aftermarket upgrade adapter
kits available to add some of the newer-generation
features to legacy autopilots, but aircraft owners need
to take a hard look at the cost versus benefit equation .
In fact, when you consider the new capabilities,
increased reliability and a new warranty, it may just be
more cost effective in the long run to upgrade to a new
system .
"It all comes down to what the pilot or aircraft owner
is trying to accomplish," the shop owner added . "Will it
give them more capabilities or, as with the decision to
upgrade to more modern radios, does the owner just
want something new?"
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AUTOPILOTS: THE NEXT GENERATION
While, for many pilots, the ability to fly a better
approach or smoother straight-and-level is reason
enough to give a new autopilot consideration, those
capabilities are just the beginning of what the next
generation has to offer .
And just to be clear, it's not so much that the
autopilots themselves have changed, but when you're
talking about the new units like Garmin's GFC 700
or Avidyne's DFC90, it's more about the ability to
use the plethora of available information found in
the aircraft's attitude/heading reference system, or
AHARS, if it's so equipped; but more on that later .
"Really, having an AHARS provides a bunch
of additional computational data that you just
didn't get out of a typical mechanical system in
the past," explained Dan Schwinn, president and
chief executive offer of Avidyne . "Even if you go
back to a really good autopilot like a (BendixKing)
KFC-150 or that ilk, those are good, solid attitudebased autopilots . But as good as they are, we're
talking about units with a much lower level of sensor
capabilities and computational capabilities than those
available today .
"Now we are able to use all the air data information
from the AHARS, which gives you virtually unlimited
computing capabilities . So even before you get to
the cool safety features, you can build a much better
flying autopilot today ."
Schwinn said that while autopilots are tasked to fly
a lot of precision maneuvers, one of the hardest tasks
they have is flying straight-and-level in dead-calm
conditions .
"You can tell the difference between a good
autopilot and a great autopilot easier in dead-calm
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015

From the Publisher
New Avionics Products for 2014
AEA's Value-Added Equation for Aircraft Owners
Attention FAA!
Equipped Like New
In-flight Entertainment
Integrating Mission Capabilities
Lithium Batteries 101
Autopilot Upgrades
Homebuilding Panels: Tackling Wires, Electrons and Circuits
ADS-B Early Adopters
Advertisers Index
ADS-B Installations are Beginning to Take Off
AEA Staff/Board of Directors
Repair Stations
Manufacturers/Distributors
Affiliates
AEA Member Company Index
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Integrating Mission Capabilities
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Lithium Batteries 101
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Autopilot Upgrades
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Pilot's Guide to Avionics 2014-2015 - Homebuilding Panels: Tackling Wires, Electrons and Circuits
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