Don't buy those G5's

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by Cruzinchris, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. arkvet

    arkvet Line Up and Wait

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    I actually agree with Tom 100%. He’s not talking absolutes here on which AP is the best fit and I think associating each AP with a plane value may be slightly off but mostly correct.

    For example I used to own a PA28-180 that would fall right there in line with the $30k plane mentioned. It had an ancient wing leveler that I’m convinced was actually programmed to teach people barrel rolls. So essentially zero AP. As basic of a panel as you could get. Narco radio with CDI / glide slope

    The Trutrack would have been an awesome addition to this plane. It’s not really a traveling plane but that AP would be viewed by the vast majority of pilots as a high end upgrade for a plane with those capabilities.

    Currently I own a Saratoga that’s not far from the $150k plane that is the other example. I’ve got dual G5’s and an IFD 550. Currently good functioning century 41 AP with auto trim. The G5’s provide gpss to the AP and it’s a beautiful thing.

    If my Century 41 went Tango Uniform would you suggest that the Trutrack or the GFC 500 would be a more appropriate replacement, all things considered?

    Maybe the thing that struck a nerve with you was applying these AP’s based on plane $ value rather than capability and expected use. However, considering those factors often have a direct relationship I still see his points as very valid for the majority of pilots.

    Nothing against the Trutrack. It’s got its place and from what I understand fills a niche that needed filling.
     
  2. Unit74

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    Depends on what you want to do with the AP. Spending almost $3k more for no more functionality is dumb. Insinuating a $250k must have a $20k AP or it’s worthless is just plain ignorant. It’s about on par with trying to say a Rolex can tell time better than a Timex. But I guess on the ramp you can tell your buds all about how much you spent which equals swagger I guess.

    Cost is proportional to functionality. Paying a higher cost for the same service defies logic. But a fool and his money are soon parted as they say. Is a three servo GFC500 better than a TT? You bet. Not considering the G5 or E5 arguement, Is a two servo GFC better than a two servo Trutrak? Not really.
     
  3. MooneyDriver78

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    Yes, really, I articulated some of the functionality benefits in an earlier post.
    The only ignorance is in your posts. I mention the GFC 600 as desirable because of it’s additional functionality would be desirable in many $250K planes, especially the more robust servos and no dependence on G5s.
     
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    You are absolute right..... in fact, I now agree with you that we should in fact, dump all these petty systems that are children’s toys really, and I won’t even look at anything unless it has a Honeywell Primus or better because it does so much more. I now think discussion about any airplane sub-$10 mil should be discontinued as those guys are just out of touch, and bottoms dwellers for that matter.