Some people say we are nuts flying any single engine airplane in IFR.
Sure, you can be sitting in your car on a stormy night and get struck by lighting too.
If I can use my knowledge of what is going on with airspeed/Altimeter and good old stand-by compass, may be I should not be flying no matter how many back ups I have.
Have a great Cirrus day rain or shine.
If the ARNAV kicked butt like it should and was remotely competitive AND had engine monitoring that wasn’t being yanked by emergency ADs, yeah, sure, I agree that you’d have everything you’d need with the exception of a backup horizon, which I consider essential, especially given Mike’s report of total electrical failure when the ground bus connection came loose. (Still seeking the critical bit of info: is the SR22 susceptible to the same failure? If so, you are nuts to go into IMC without a backup horizon and handheld GPS.)
Can you elaborate on the nature of the improvements in the new ARNAV software?
Hey Guys. The UPS is about 1/3 the size of the Arnav. After using the ARNAV display for 85 hours, I feel it is perfect for the Cirrus. Having seen the new FREE software (at Oshkosh) we are getting next month, I can assure you it will be even better…a lot better. It is impossible to please everyone, but I have flown with the Garmin 530 on a TBM 700 for about 15 hours. It is not needed. The twin 430’s are perfect with the ARNAV above the Garmin stack. The layout and functionality is perfect. It is clean and uncluttered. Why screw it up and go back to a mix-mash layout of different size boxes? If you try it, you will love it.
If any of you are in Florida, e-mail me and I will show you what I’m talking about.
Steven has expressed exactly my vision of the ideal panel. The only change I’d make would be that I think that I’d put the STec 55X head up on top rather than the audio panel, as I think that would be a lot cleaner from a wire routing standpoint.
Jim: IMHO the ideal panel would consist of the UPSAT with an engine monitoring module. With the smaller physical size, hopefully the audio panel could be mounted above the UPSAT display on the right side along with the Insight Air data computer and the Windicator to it’s left. This would clear up enough room in the radio stack to substitute a Garmin 530 for the #1 430. With the outisde air temperature data available on the Insight, there would no need for the Davtron o.a.t./clock. You could mount mount the Goodrich >>UPSAT ADDS JEPP APPROACH CHARTS TO MX20
UPS Aviation Technologies (UPSAT) announced upgrades to its popular MX20 multifunction display that will let pilots view Jeppesen instrument approach charts, terminal area charts, and airport surface charts on the MX20’s moving map display. These new display functions, called Chart View, will automatically display charts appropriate to various phases of flight. The Chart View upgradeÂ—available September 1Â—is priced at $2,495, but early subscribers will get a $500 discount. Jeppesen database updates to support Chart View will have an initAIM series back up AH there with a separate battery pack similar to the installation in the Piper Meridian. I am not certain of the dimensions of the UPSAT compated to the ARNAV, but I think it is smaller. Unfortunately, there are a lot of regulatory issues in such a plan, not to mention lots of additional money and sheet metal work on the panel. Ah, well, one can dream!