May 2016 Issue

Avionics Gremlins

They often stem from electronic interference between various components, antennas and wiring. Piecemeal panel upgrades can add to the problems.

You may think your avionics stack is not a safety-critical system because it often is perfectly legal to fly without it. But once you turn on a radio, it becomes an integral part of your aeronautical decision making. Most of the time, thankfully, everything works. But stuff does happen, and things do break or donít work as they should. Many failures can be caused by interactions between the various pieces of equipment installed in your panel, or by devices you and your passengers brought aboard.

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