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    Patrick Flannigan

    This article highlights one of my concerns about glass cockpits: there is too much variety. There's the G500 and G600, or you could have the good old Avidyne Entegra, or perhaps the Aspen Evolution, or maybe you've got the standard G1000. Let's not forget about the G3000 coming around the corner.

    Although all glass adheres to the same principles as far as PFDs and MFDs go, the button layout and functionality vary greatly.

    I fear we're getting to the point where you can't jump from airplane to airplane without some serious ground study.

    There needs to be some standardization in this area.

    Mike Kobb

    Thanks for the article! I'd sure be interested to read your impressions of the differences and tradeoffs of the G500 versus the Aspen suite, since you've flown both.

    For example, the Aspen suite provides a backup ADAHRS that will (supposedly, with a forthcoming software update) allow complete removal of the old "steam gauge" backup instruments. It also provides an option for a third screen, which provides for more information to be available without flipping pages.

    But, the Garmin's two screens are physically larger so the airspeed and altitude tapes impinge less on the AI. The AI is larger, which may improve orientation in IMC and will probably be better for SVT. And, approach plates are probably more usable on the G500's larger MFD than they will be on the Aspen.

    Those are some of the differences I've gathered from reading, but I'm interested to know what you think!

    (PS: I enjoyed your Aspen PFD article, and hope you'll write one for the PFD/MFD combination, now that they're available.)

    Max Trescott

    Mike, I did fly the new Aspen MFD last month at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Tampa, FL. I got lots of pictures and plan to write an article. My recollection is that by having 2 Aspen panels (PFD + MFD), each with an ADAHRS, that you no longer need a standby attitude indicator. I flew a 3 panel setup which I really liked--lots of real estate for viewing different things and lots of redundancy. Writing that article is still on my very long To Do list! Cheers, Max

    Mike Kobb

    Thanks for your comments!

    I'm glad to hear you liked the 3-screen Aspen setup, and I'll sure look forward to your article. I've got a 3-screen installation in the works for my SNJ-6, so it should be a pretty capable old bird when it's all finished.

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