Matrix1 Nav/Com

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by JohnAJohnson, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. JohnAJohnson

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    I looked at the Matrix Avionics Matrix1 radio at the AOPA Gulf Shores Fly In 10/27/2018, and the demo put on by Mark Lipham and Chris Rose (Product Managers) was impressive.

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    It has a built in GPS (like a cell phone, with no external antenna required) allowing the nearest ATC, AWOS, VOR, etc., to be displayed and touch selected. It was a nice looking, functional interface. MSRP is $3k. There just isn't a good a selection of TSO'd Nav/Com radios and I hope to see this on the market soon.

    Anyone know anything about it or the company?
     
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    I’m interested, but know nothing about it.
     
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    I think I'll write them and suggest they do a bit more marketing. The radio is a plug in replacement for the King, Narco, and Cessna (ARC) radios and should be drumming up a bit more hype at this stage.
     
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    So they had an actual unit to demo at the fly-in? Website and PDF look like renders to me, so I am curious how close to a real unit this is. I'd not heard of them either until this thread. I sent them an email a couple days ago to ask for more information, but haven't received a response yet. It looks interesting, I'm all for every competitor in the certified space. Looks like they plan to have DME capability in the unit as well from the PDF (and the mention of the C66c TSO) and marker beacon. They mention needing "avionics tech install" for the DME capability, but not the marker beacon, so wonder where they are getting the signal from, integral antenna?
     
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    Yes, the unit at the fly-in looked functional and had a real screen. They stepped through the touch buttons to show how frequencies were selected, etc. and they said they anticipate six months or so for certification. I like the Vertical and Horizontal Displacement tapes - might not need a dedicated CDI if you are only using the radio as a backup during an ILS.
     
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    Any news on the Matrix, looks to be a interesting replacement to some old Narco's
     
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    I received an email from them. They say that it won't be TSO'd until the end of this year, if then*. The price will be $2995.


    * "if then" was my thinking out loud.
     
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    Wow this looks like a great replacement for my aging MX-300. The website says direct replacement for Cessna radios, and the MX-300 is a direct replacement for the Cessna radios. I’m thinking I can just slide this in?

    I like being able to monitor four frequencies. Out where I fly I’m usually monitoring at least two multi-comm traffic areas.


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    I’m interested in this as well. I would love to replace my TKM #2 radio with this unit. Speaking of TKM, they had better get innovating if they want to stay relevant in the slide-in replacement market.
     
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    Which TKM model? If you have an MX300 that could be a step up for us. We still have the original ARC radios in our plane (hangared at Eagle Creek, so we are local). Should you decide to replace it, let me know.
     
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    I think it’s the MX385 but I would have to check
     
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    Ah. 28 volt. No bueno.
     
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    Yeah, my plane is 28v. Sorry
     
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    Meh. I guess we could stop being cheap and buy some new radios. I am intrigued by the Matrix. That would be a really nice upgrade if they ever move on from vaporware status.
     
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    I’m not cheap, just poor! :(
     
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    Looks a lot like the functionality you get from a GNC255, but without some of the usability.
     
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    KEYE? I’m at KLAF, and have an MX300 coming out hopefully in 2 weeks. 14v. Listed in classifieds.
     
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    Thanks. I sent a PM, or "started a conversation," or some kind of private message.