I'm flirting with the idea of possibly making a major investment (for me) in an NGT-9000 Lynx unit, and am seeking input from those who have gone down this road before. If you own one of these, if you've had one installed in your aircraft, I'd love to hear what you think of the unit, the company, and the experience of getting it installed and flying with it. I own a small, modest, VFR airplane. Clearly this unit is aimed at a (much) higher point in the market, but I have some reasons why I'm considering this, even in such a modest airplane. Here's my reasoning, in case it matters to anyone... My simple plane has basic avionics, and they're old. My gear works (with one exception* I'll note below) but it's clearly old stuff. With the ADSB mandate looming, I need to get compliant (and that means I need to get on a shop's schedule soon). While my little plane might seem to be a perfect match for the uAvionics SkyBeacon/TailBeacon (and I did consider that as an option for a while), my transponder is old, and so is my encoder. I've heard enough about headaches when trying to make the uAvionics beacons play nice with old gear, and I don't "feel lucky" (I can easily imagine a transponder replacement in my future even without the ADSB mandate). I also tend to look at this as not just a forced compliance, but as long as I'm shelling out aviation units, this is an opportunity to get something better - that is, a modern transponder that I can rely on going forward (and features that are valuable to me, not just to the Feds). I'd rather spend more money once than try and save some now but eventually throw more money at a solution. I'm interested in an "in and out" package, which is clean and not only meets the requirements, but as long as I'm going to spend more than a few AUs, I'd like to actually get some clear benefits out of it too...(and here's the key point...) without having to rely on a portable device to show me those benefits. Yeah, I have an iPad Mini, I fly with it, I have ForeFlight and FlyQ, and they are great to have. But I'd really appreciate being able to have traffic (and more), actually in the panel, rather than on a portable (more likely, in the panel AND on my portable device). I'm not dissing tablets, but I'd prefer to have that traffic info (especially) presented in-panel...and the NGT-9000 looks like about the only way that I'd be able to get that. In my plane, there's not enough panel real estate to add a stack of moving maps and integrated big glass screens. The NGT-9000 is certainly compact enough to fit in my plane, and it seems to offer me benefits that I would use (specifically, traffic - I fly in airspace that's often pretty congested, or so it feels to me). That said, this is an expensive unit, so I'm trying to think hard and long before deciding. The NGT-9000 also seems to not get a lot of love from the install shops. As I was calling around my region, I spoke with several shops that are (or were) L-3 dealers, and had done NGT-9000 installations before (I don't want them to learn on my installation). One shop said he would never do one again, grousing that while the installation itself wasn't too bad, the setup/configuration took his shop "forever". Another shop said they don't install them anymore because it uses a "bad connector" (hmmm, oh kay...). One well-known shop says the NGT-9000 is "interesting" but also agreed initial setup was a pain, questioned how good L-3 would be with post-sales support (a valid question - I know nothing about L-3), and although they seem perfectly willing to sell me one and install it, they seemed to be steering me away from it. I know that installing a unit like this in a low-end airplane is not necessarily rational (of course, nothing about owning an airplane is rational). But the way I look at it, I'm gonna have to replace my old knob-and-tube transponder anyway. If I go with a Stratus or a Garmin GTX3n5 unit, I basically get a replacement transponder that'll talk to a tablet. If I get an NGT-9000 (admittedly, for a bunch more money), I get that too, plus traffic, weather and other good stuff right in the panel. I'm not 100% convinced I'm willing to pay for that luxury, but I might be. What I'm mostly looking for right now is: if you have one of these, how do you like it? Do its features live up to the sales claims? Are you glad you blew all that cash on it when you could've had something much less expensive that had similar capabilities but only presented them via a portable device? How did your installation go? Any surprises? Has it been smooth sailing once you flew away with the new unit, or have there been birthing pains? How has post-sales/post-installation support from L-3 (or its dealers) been? As for my existing panel, I actually have an old LORAN unit* (useless now, of course - it came with the plane) sitting at the top of my radio stack. It's coming out of the panel when I get my ADSB solution, whatever I choose. If I choose the NGT-9000, that would go to that "top of the stack" location (currently occupied by the useless LORAN unit), since I'd want traffic info as visible as possible. If I go with something else (Stratus ESGi or maybe Garmin GTX345) - "just a transponder" - that would be relegated to the bottom of the stack, where my old KT-76A now sits (because there's nothing much to see there). If I get the NGT-9000, there would be a bit less juggling/moving of the radios, obviously not a big factor here, but I will be glad to get that LORAN out (hey, somewhere way back in my logbooks, I see an entry where someone once removed an 8-track tape player from the panel, so it could be worse). OK, NGT-9000 Lynx owners and users, please tell me about how you like that thing (or don't), and how the install and post-sales experience has been. I appreciate your candid opinions.