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    Brendan Reynolds

    Good insight Max, thanks for commenting on this.

    I also fly a G1000 w/ TIS and believe it to be a significant safety enhancement in most situations.

    I also fly around New York City and feel that the system is less effective in "crowded" air space.

    In a busy pattern or when flying along the shorelines the alerts are too frequent to be useful. The information is delayed 5 seconds and the system is only capable of displaying up to eight targets simultaneously. Also, the aural alert "traffic" is less useful than it could be-- "Traffic, two o'clock, low" would be more useful and more familiar. Instead, a "traffic" alert pulls the pilot's eyes inside the cockpit to visually interpret the the nature of the the hazard, at the precise time he or she should be looking outside.

    I have no experience with TCAS II and can only assume it's an improvement.

    In my experience, mandated traffic avoidance systems would not offer the level of safety many people think it would.

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