The advances in GA avionics over the past two decades can only be described as breathtaking. While we’ve come a long way from following hilltop bonfires, it wasn’t that many years ago that a standard six-pack with two comm radios and a LORAN were about as good as it got. Today most pilots wouldn’t have a clue how to use that box.
The “heavy iron” was always on the leading edge of technology, enjoying first dibs on the latest advancements. They had the money and the room for things like inertial navigation and guidance systems. LCD screens started the migration from the sea of “steam” gauges that filled the panel of air transport craft. That quickly gave way to today’s glass cockpits. Those of us who flew planes with less than 100 seats could only drool and dream.
Then came two enormous advancements that changed everything for GA: GPS and digital technology. Just as the transistor replacing bulky vacuum tubes made today’s compact electronics and computers possible, the combination of GPS and digital opened the way for incredible advancements that now have “the big boys” drooling over what we have in our panels. Not only do we know exactly where we are and how to get where we’re going, we can also get real-time weather, traffic, “see” artificial terrain and, thanks to syn-viz, that fog-enshrouded runway that would otherwise have us back in the hangar.
All these options create a problem of their own, however.
“What do I install first? What works well with what? Can I upgrade a step at a time or should I upgrade all at once? And then there’s the issue of which brands and models to buy…”
To answer these questions we’re going to ask you a few of our own.
- *Where do you fly?
- *How do you fly (strictly CAVU or lots of hard IFR)?
- *What kind information do you need? And in what form?
- *What’s your budget?
- *What are your long-range plans (stepping up to a twin or turbine)?
- *And much more because we’re thinking about the entire airplane and how you will fly that airplane.
“We do all this not to give you a hard time; just the opposite. We want you – like every one of our customers – to be really happy with how we transform your airplane from your dream into a reality. Most any shop can put a box in your panel. We build smarter airplanes so you become a smarter pilot.” -Dave Fetherston, Founder and General Manager.
NexAir has built its reputation on its comprehensive knowledge of today’s avionics. On how they work and work together. Our customers say we really “get digital.” And it’s true. We have unmatched insights into the operation, features, pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses of everything out there. (So much so that we often get calls from the manufacturers for workarounds on issues that they’re having with their own equipment!)
That means we’ll be able to help you decide what will best address your needs – today and tomorrow – as well as your budget. We’ll design and implement a panel that looks great and works better than you could ever have imagined.
Want to know more? It all starts with a discussion. We look forward to working with you every step of the way!
Call NexAir Avionics at 508-339-7077 or Email David Fetherston
- Aircraft Integration and Reengineering (AIR) program: click here
- Our founder and GM, Dave Fetherston: click here