Can you ask your guy why the ARNAV is such a piece of @#%? Has he ever seen one before? (I though the ICDS-2000 was unique to Cirrus so far.) Or does he consider all ARNAV products to be @#%? Is it the lack of function, or is it build quality? The more we know, the more informed we can be in our pleas to Cirrus. - Thanks, Gary
I had a colorfull conversation with my avionics shop today. I went there concerning a radio in my current airplane and was asking him about a stormscope for the SR20 and was showing him the avionics in it from the factory.
The conversation went something like this:
“Tell them you do not want the ICDS-2000, it is a piece of @#%." I said that it was necessary for the plane’s type certificate somehow or so I had heard. He said "that sounds like horse @#%. That is one pile of #%&* display”, an a few other discriptive comments about wasted money.
The rest of the avionics past his cigar chewing x-military muster but I think Arnav his a real public relations problem, at least with this shop.
I was interested to read your post, and I have much the same questions as Gary regarding the source of the information for the negative opinion. Has this person ever seen one of these units, has he worked on one, owned one?
I had a conversation on 11-1-00 with Mr. John Glazier with Arnav. I found out quite a bit about the ICDS2000. First, there are two new “product cycles” on this item. The first is due out this month, November, and the second is due out “June or July 2001”. I did not get the exact breakdown on the items that are due in November as distinguished from the ones for next year, as I don’t expect delivery until November 2001.
If you want further information from Arnav, call John Glazier at (253) 848-6060.
Hoewver, by the second “product cycle” Arnav expects to have the WxLink, Nexrad and engine monitor, Stormscope and Ryan TCAD interfaces in place. Mr. Glazier was not familiar with the Shadin air/fuel date computer, and promised to investigate an interface that would prermit display of winds aloft, endurance, fuel flow, etc. from the Shadin unit on the Arnav display.
He indicated that the reason that Arnav did not have much to show specifically was the timing of their “product cycle” relative to the date of the AOPA convention.
Arnav is in process of building the transmission network in the areas of the greatest weather events - the Northwest and the Southeast - first, and plans to have the entire country complete by the end of next year.
The display units that I saw of the receiver at AOPA for the WxLink and Nexrad had a dated converter plug that enables the receiver, and that is how they will manage the subscription service for the advanced weather graphic products.
The ICDS2000 is the replacement product for the #5200 display unit that Arnav has had on the market for some time. Aircraft Spruce & Speciality has a complete listing of the options for the 5200 including WxLink and engine instruments for the 5200. Take a look there for the detailed descriptions of these items.
On the point of displays, I am watching Sandel’s web site for information on the availability of TCAD display on the EHSI. I believe they will need to add a RS232 port for the TCAD data since all of their data ports are already occupied with GPS and Stormscope data. The addition of both Stormscope and TCAD data to the EHSI should add considerably to the weather and traffic safety since all of this data will be front and center on the Sandel.
If you can find out any specific information on the bad rep from the cigar chewing avionics shop proprietor, let us know!