Experimental Avionics: On A Wing And A Tablet

By John Croft
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
October 07, 2013

Low-cost wireless avionics and tablets are changing the face of flight decks in the experimental aircraft market as builders seek to maximize capabilities and avoid obsolescence of installed equipment. The trend has caught the attention of established avionics makers that build equipment for the certified aircraft.

For an experimental aircraft, which does not require FAA-certified avionics, a builder can replace the traditional “six-pack” instruments—for airspeed, altitude, attitude, heading, compass and vertical speed—and many other features with a single, battery-powered electronics unit not much bigger than a deck of cards.

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