I picked up 223CD in January. I know there has been a lot of discussion about the ARNAV and it’s abilities or disabilities. As far as I am concerned it is useless.
I own a B55 Baron with a Garmon 530 and a stormscope. This is a good combination for the pilot that uses this aircraft since most or a lot of the Barons time is in IFR. (This airplane is used for hauling my sales people around).
On the other hand, I received by private last August and fly only VFR. Before picking up my SR20 I had a Piper Warrior with a SKYMAP III which is a VFR only version of the Bendix King KMD 150. For VFR only flying the SkymapIII is MORE usefull then the Garmons 430 or 530. I like the graphics with terrain and it has a joystick pointer which makes it very easy to use.
I realize that one day I will have my instrument ticket and will need the IFR data bases in the other displays so I would like help in determinding which unit to replace the ARNAV. Also keeping in mind the I want Data Link capability with weather and traffic when available.
So here are the three units I am considering, please help me with the plus and minus of each.
UPS MX 20
Bendix King KMD 550 (It has the joystick)
Thanks for your help!