I am now even more confused than ever after reading these older posts! As usual, they tend to trail off in all different directions, so I will give you my feedback of Avidyne’s glass cockpit as a new Cirrus Owner (2006 SR20 G2 GTS).
I have the Avidyne PFD/MFD with dual 430’s NON-WAAS, STEC-55X, Skywatch, etc. All the GTS bells & whistles that were supplied during this production time period. I have owned the aircraft for nearly a year (acquired December 2018) and it has been in the shop for about 4 months due to a trim motor failure and lately, I have had a flickering of the PFD. I have a total of about 40 hours on the plane since purchase. The strange part is that the flicker (like an old-style TV turning on and off) is erratic. Sometimes it flickers and other times it does not. The previous owner had the Aero-Plan and it was buried in the documents, but it expired in 2016. The plan is VERY expensive $7,700.00 for 3 years, which tells me that there is NOT a substantial amount of confidence in the product. This (based on my research online) is not positive for Avidyne as many see the product as “rushed” through certification without any long-term considerations of hardware reliability. (Not my words! These are the words of others) This is actually confirmed by avionics dealers which represent BOTH Avidyne and Garmin who suggest that if you have the PFD/MFD you had BETTER have the insurance!
Has anyone discovered any other way to get around the Aero Plan or are you relegated to handing your check book over to Avidyne just in case your system is a lemon? Any feedback specific to this post would be appreciated. Please do not bother telling me “you have to send it in” as I already know this. I want to know if anyone else has seen this problem and what the resulting “Fix” was. Pricing would be helpful! I am being told by an Avidyne rep that it appears to be an inverter. This suggests to me that it is a power-supply issue.
While all this is happening, I am trying to decide how to get ADS-B OUT compliance! I can go with the Avidyne packages available $20K+, but why would I after seeing the way they treat their customers on repairs? I am told the 430’s could be WAAS updated and I could use a GARMIN GDL82 or even a Lynx unit. Are there other 2006 vintage Cirri out there with the same hardware? If so, what was your solution?
Any feedback on the topic at hand is welcome!