August 2001 Issue

Tech Trap

Your panel has become far more sophisticated than the Apollo program. Can you handle it?

So there you are, sitting in your airplane, gazing dreamily at the new GPS, MFD, and autopilot on which youíve just spent almost as much as you originally paid for the plane. Now youíre faced with an IFR approach-certified GPS interconnected to a two-axis autopilot with ILS coupling and a moving map the size of a portable TV screen.

Maybe youíre about to check out in a brand-new C-172 or Piper Archer with a whole pile of ultra-modern avionics, and all the FBOís other airplanes have a pair of Narco MK 12s or King KX-175s. You canít even find the on-off switch, much less tune the comm radio. How do you learn to use all that stuff?

If itís your airplane, you might call your friendly loca...

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