Downloaded the Garmin simulator for the 430. Navigated my laptop all over the USA and I am starting to like the unit (the 430, I still don’t like the laptop).
The user interface is pretty decent. I would recomend playing with the sim before using the real thing. Working the buttons with the mouse is not as satisfying as turning knobs on a real unit but the explitives eminating from my mouth from time to time are probably logable as “actual”.
Anyhow, I have enjoyed the talk about the ARNAV. I think it is a decent (albeit not perfect) choice for this airplane and I think the current owners should chime with some comments about using the 430 / 430 (or 420) with the ARNAV on a regular basis. Does it work or just take up space?
By the way, my understanding is that the ARNAV has the engine monitoring built in (very cool on the sim at sun n fun, very easy to lean the engine and monitor performance) and is ready for weather uplinks across half the country. If Cirrus has not done the deeds to make this work, then perhaps ARNAV isn’t the bad guy.
Also on the ARNAV, you can split the screen up a bunch of different ways to see all kind of stuff at the same time. Terrain avoidance from a side view, you can separate lightning strikes display from weather overlays or route map, plus have the engine monitor up. I am not sure this is available on the Cirrus but it is cool and apparantly useful.
Enlightenment from those wiser would be appreciated!
Ps - To be fair, the Columbia 300’s choice of display is much better. Not $100k better but definately crisper looking with apparantly more color. (DVD anyone? You can watch the Kings show you how to do a cross wind landing before doing it yourself! Don’t fall asleep…)