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Avionics upgrade

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Going to bite the bullet while doing ADS-B update. Hard not to go automatically with GarmiN GTN 750/650 package with audio panel. What about Avidyne? Any comments?

Posted 1/12/2019 - 7 months ago
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Just installed the Avidyne 440, Aspen 2500 (2 MFDs and 1 PFD), the JPI930 and the Lynx 7000 ADS-B. The 3 Aspens give me a lot of total screen so the Avidyne 540 wasn't needed as all it does that the 440 doesn't is provide more screen area. The Avidyne is very intuitive, fast and easy to learn/work. Would do it again. The Lynx is great! Cheaper than Garmin and does it all. This is truly the best choice for ADS-B in/out.

Posted 1/12/2019 - 7 months ago
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What kind of budget range am I looking at for a setup similar? Beautiful by the way.

Posted 1/12/2019 - 7 months ago
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I went with Aspen, because I liked the things that were included in the IFD boxes, that you had to pay for extra with the Garmin units. Wifi, Bluetooth, ( https://www.avidyne.com/products/ifd/ifd540-value-compare.html), I'm sure you've seen this page, if you've done some research.

I'm also going to use their APX322 for the "out' and their re-branded version of the Free Flight Ranger for "in". This will all be remotely through the box. I have a Centry III autopilot and swapping out the Century HSI, to a Aspen unit, all of which talks nicely with Avidyne equipment.

One of the other selling features, that pushed me over the edge, was the "App" IFD 100, which gives essentially another screen and can show different screens than the panel mounted IFD.

Overall IFD 540 the screen size is about 1.2" dia smaller, than the Garmin GTN 750, but that wasn't a factor in my decision. I will admit, that I am a fan of competition and my decision was partially based on wanting to see other players in an already to small a market. Competition breeds innovation.

Posted 1/31/2019 - 6 months ago
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If you go for the 750 then get a Flight Stream 510 - it makes updating the databases a breeze and the 750 will sync to the 650.

Posted 1/31/2019 - 6 months ago
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WARNING NOTE REGARDING AVIDYNE 440
Avidyne brags about how they work with Aspen and also with L3 Lynx but what they don't tell you is the Avidyne WON'T communicate with both Aspen and the L3 Lynx simultaneously because of Baud rate differences. This forced me to choose which devices would talk to each other. In my setup, I have the L3 Lynx providing data to the Aspens (ADS-B in/out, Wx etc) for display and I have the Avidyne also talking to the Aspens (Nav data, course etc) for display. What I DON'T have is the L3 Lynx proving any data to the Avidyne. Since the Avidyne 440 has such a small display area, I haven't lost that much but if I had installed the 550 and thus lost that data, then I'd be really pissed!

Posted 3/24/2019 - 4 months ago
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I just upgraded with a Garmin GTX 345 transponder, GTN 750 with Flightstream 510 and an Aspen EFD 1000 over the winter. Cost a fortune but I really love the setup. So much more information at the push of a button than before, synchronizing flight plans between iPad and GTN in real time etc. Worth every penny. Cheers, Gunnar

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Posted 6/22/2019 - 1 month ago
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