Yesterday, one of the instructors at our local flying club showed me the worlds most tricked out Seneca. After getting over my shock of seeing someone load avionics worth more than the damn aircraft into the plane, I checked it out pretty closely.
It’s got a 530/430 pair and an Avedyne MFD. The MFD is capable of bringing up original Jepp charts. I think it can also be used for the TCAD and spherics displays (however they were using the 530 and the Sandel for that stuff).
One cool, and sad, at the same time, item was that their MFD runs Windows NT. I suspect that they’re just running the standard JeppView software in it to display the plates. I guess one can always play a quick game of Quake or “Unreal Tournament” on those long cross country flights.
On the negative side, I don’t think I would trust my life to something that runs Windows. I guess I’m going to have to keep filing those &(#)(% Jepp updates by hand and carrying 30 pounds of books in the back seat for a while longer.
On a more serious note, has anyone else looked at this MFD? Comments pro- or con-?
As far as I can tell, almost every other product out there is better than the ICDS 2000.
I’m woefully underimpressed with the user interface, features, and display technology. I’ve also heard pretty negative comments about the software development environment and quality, but I can’t substantuate those.
It’s going to take, at a bare minimum, a decent engine management package, TCAD display, and working weather uplink before I am molified enough to not just rip it out and put something more useful in its place (perhaps some cup holders?).