Why? Because my Arnav database is now several months old, not to mention placarded for reference only. Why don’t I keep it up to date? Cuz it’s $200 a pop to keep up to date!
The Arnav database update prices are based on the cost from Jeppensen, not Arnav. Same goes for UPSAT and the MX-20. I have both units installed in my 54’ Cessna 180. I spoke with UPSAT folks at the latest EAA Northwest Fly-in at Arlington, WA. I asked when the Jeppensen approach plate display on the MX-20 would be ready. They said that it would be pretty soon, (read month or so) but that I might not want it. The cost would be about $2500.00 for the initial “rights” to use the software, etc. and then an annual subscription rate of around $950.00. UPSAT asked Jepp if they could lower the price and were told “NO”. Futhermore they were told to “go to the competition if you don’t like our price, Oh, sorry about that, there is no competition”. So you guys shouldn’t be blaming Arnav, UPSAT or any of the other outfits about the prices of keeping current. Boeing now owns Jeppensen and with what they paid for the purchase, I wouldn’t expect to see the prices go down anytime soon.
Also, the UPSAT MX-20 display is not approved for IFR use either. It, like the ICDS-200 Arnav display is for “VFR Reference” only. There are FAA certification issues that make it pretty much on the impossible side to get it certified for IFR.
I said, “pretty much impossible”, not impossible. If you as the end user want it certified for IFR use, like the Boeings are, then it is only a matter of $$$$$$$$$. But if you had to pay the cost of a certified IFR model, who would not complain of the cost and want Cirrus or any other manuifacturer to change to a cheaper unit. Most anything that you want has to have compromises attached. I for one am glad to see the industry moving forward as fast as they are. I will also keep pushing (letter writing and involvement) for better technology and improvements. But I am not able to do all of this myself. It will take a conserted effort from quite a few of you guys to get things improved. I wrote the specs for the equipment for the FAA Project Capstone in Alaska which UPSAT has the contract. I have been involved in that project for almost 4 years now and it has been an uphill battle. But we are making headway. The same goes for Arnav. They really are the ones that “invented” the ADS-B Technology and debuted it at the Atlanta, Georgia Olympic Games. Arnav has been a real leader in change, but it has cost them a lot of time and money. Then, just when they seem to make some inroads, another manufacture jumps in (after seeing $$ signs) copies some of the work that Arnav has done in opening up the way, and starts showing their own equipment, with a little spin of improvements attached, which, I might add, usually aren’t yet approved, but “will be soon”, depending on what the market looks like.