Good article on Aviation Consumer about TCAS.
A very exciting and inexpensive unit by Monroy Aerospace Corp. lists for under $800. Check it out at http://www.monroyaero.com/index.html
I wonder if Cirrus would be interested in offering as an option, or at least would be willing to install.
I use the Monroy device. It works well, and I feel that it is worth the $800. However, when I own my own plane, I don’t think it would be worth it to me to install it. Given the hassle and cost of installing things, I’d go ahead and get something more capabable, like the BF Goodrich system.
I’ve used the BF Goodrich system for about 23 hours of flying and loved it. It is so much better to know where the other A/C are and their trends.
I think both the Garmin 430’s and the Sandel interface to the BF Goodrich Sky Watch, so there is no need for an extra display (but I’m not certain about the interface capabilities).
I do wish the voice annunciator for Sky Watch was less dramatic. It is a commanding male voice saying “Traffic!”. Given how often there are alerts, I wish it were a female voice, like in the Monroy and it were softer. No matter how softly I hear “Traffic Nearby”, I’ll for sure look for it (on the display and out the window).
Given the fequency of alerts, I only use the Monroy in “near” mode, and then only after I’ve gotten a mile from the airport. I don’t take its alerts so much as a warning as “this would be a good time to do a scan for traffic”. I usually spot no traffic after getting an alert, perhaps because the Monroy is fairly undescriminating. E.g., it doesn’t care what the altitude separation is. I also almost always get flight following.
I spoke with Ian Bentley at Cirrus about a number of things, including collision avoidance gear. He said that if they offered any system, it would be the BF Goodrich, I think because there were more displays that could talk to it (but I’m not certain about this being the reason).
For those people who say “if you are going to spend $20,000 on something to make you safer, you’d be better off spending it on something else” I say: “I already spend money on a number of safety items and there aren’t a whole lot left that I’m not already getting (like great training). Also, although mid airs are not that common, the idea of them is terrifying to some of us and in part, spending this money is about making myself and my wife feel more comfortable flying small a/c in very dense airspaces of the SF Bay Area, and especially SoCal”.