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    Posted: 19 Mar 2021 at 6:21am
Originally posted by Bill CFI Bill CFI wrote:

The pilot must almost always reset the Map View option after startup!
The IFD540 or IFD100 needs to be reset to the presentation you are use to!

Heading Up or Track Up (360)
Heading Up or Track Up (240 arc view)
North Up (360)

So the IFDs only have a 33% Chance of getting it right on startup.
It be Great if the IFDs could remember the previous Setting!

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Most IFR pilots use Heading Up or Track Up, not North Up. It's a real pain having to change North Up to Heading Up after every startup, especially since this can only be done in MAP mode, not FMS mode.


Edited by chflyer - 19 Mar 2021 at 6:24am
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How about fixing the twin fuel flow page?  It sums both engines fuel flow readings.  Please display the fuel flow for each engine sperately on twins
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AviSteve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2021 at 11:35am
That setting controls whether GPSS roll steering is output during FMS approaches.  it should be set to "Disabled" for autopilots that will fly GPSS during approach mode.  That will force the autopilot to use Left/Right deviation data.

Edited by AviSteve - 29 Jan 2021 at 11:36am
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For clarity, I presume the Appr Roll Steer setting should be Enabled?   The latest IM I have is Rev 17 and it’s not featured; is there a later one I can download?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bill CFI Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jan 2021 at 12:57pm
The pilot must almost always reset the Map View option after startup!
The IFD540 or IFD100 needs to be reset to the presentation you are use to!

Heading Up or Track Up (360)
Heading Up or Track Up (240 arc view)
North Up (360)

So the IFDs only have a 33% Chance of getting it right on startup.
It be Great if the IFDs could remember the previous Setting!
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No announced date yet, sorry.
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admittedly, i haven't read all 9 pages:
Is there a date target for release of 10.3?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AviSteve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jan 2021 at 11:16am
A setting already exists that fixes that issue.  It's called "Appr Roll Steer" in Maintenance Mode.
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I'm considering adding a GFC500 autopilot to our panel that already has an IFD540 and IFD440.  Will 10.3 fix the issue where the autopilot steers off course after the FAF on an RNAV approach?
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Originally posted by rpostmo rpostmo wrote:

Can you run it through the ADF button on your audio panel?
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I recently added it to the DME audio switch on my PMA-7000BT audio panel, I had run out of non switched inputs.  And I turn it off and on as desired.


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Originally posted by Helf Helf wrote:

It oughta be exactly what is on the 530s and 430s.
It would be manually selected by turning the knob below the lowest manual range setting.
When flying in busy terminal areas, this is essential. I was surprised it was not originally available.



It is my own preference, to have a constant scale on the map. I find it of advantage for positional SA at a quick glance. If the unit twiddled the scale, I would lose that orientation. Personally I might see a role for auto scale enroute, but never in the arrivals or approach phase, especially if it is busy.

Interesting how different folks use their equipment differently.

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Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

As long as it is optional. That auto-zoom would drive me nuts.

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+1


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Helf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Dec 2020 at 11:12pm
It oughta be exactly what is on the 530s and 430s.
It would be manually selected by turning the knob below the lowest manual range setting.
When flying in busy terminal areas, this is essential. I was surprised it was not originally available.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote oskrypuch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Dec 2020 at 11:10pm
Originally posted by Helf Helf wrote:

  • Add map auto-zoom, like the 530/430 had.


As long as it is optional. That auto-zoom would drive me nuts.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rpostmo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2020 at 7:50pm
Can you run it through the ADF button on your audio panel?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Helf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2020 at 6:40pm
That's good to know, but it would be nice if a soft-keypress on the IFD allowed this as I am reluctant to add more panel hardware just to have that simple, easily-programmed (especially if it can already be hard-wired) function.
Still on my 10.3 wish list :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gring Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2020 at 11:51am
Originally posted by Helf Helf wrote:

  • Button ability to temporarily disable audible terrain and TAWS warnings
    • I heard it the first time and I know I am flying near mountains, but I need the IFD to stop nagging me so I can fly safely near mountains.
This function exists today.  Check the IFD Pinouts, there are a number of pins to support TAWS annunciation and inhibit.  You could simply wire up a switch for the inhibit function.

I am installing a mid continent MD41 (ebay purchase for $100 and easy to find) which is the TAWS annunciation and inhibit module that is approved to work with the IFD.  I have the same issues as you do.
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Agree with all!

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  • Add map auto-zoom, like the 530/430 had.
  • Allow fuel range ring to display, even where user has to input IAS, OAT, current fuel, and fuel flow.
  • Button ability to temporarily disable audible terrain and TAWS warnings
    • I heard it the first time and I know I am flying near mountains, but I need the IFD to stop nagging me so I can fly safely near mountains.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chflyer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2020 at 5:54am
Originally posted by AviSteve AviSteve wrote:

Sorry Vince, I knew you'd be disappointed.  It's not just flight test, it also gets into the STC documentation, but still.  I don't really think it's a year away, but I suppose that's possible.

Re RF legs and 10.3, posted Jan 03 2019.

So here we are nearly 2 years later ... I guess Covid has had an impact on that, but still ... sigh

... and not a good omen for (ever) getting the GTN VNAV labels compatible with GFC500/600, considering the even if that makes it into 10.4 it is likely to be another 2 yrs once 10.3 is released.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jwjenks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Oct 2020 at 4:25pm
I'd like to have user defined callout with the 500' callout.  And be able to record my own callout message.
Like after the 500' callout be able to record "Check the gear stupid"
Don't ask why I want this.
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Originally posted by m016576 m016576 wrote:

After fooling around with the IFD- the only way I found that I could go direct to the nearest field was to see it on the map,  then tap the field and go direct there... or type in the identifier after hitting the direct button.  Is their an easier way?
You're welcome; my reply was limited to responding to the only question in your post, not an opinion about your suggestion.
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thanks.  I appreciate that their are “several ways to accomplish this”... but my suggestion for the new software version is based on an easier and intuitive method if you’ve already got the NRST point up in your data block.  Thanks though.
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I think I posted this before, but on the IFD440, it would be nice if a long hold of the Direct Button would bring up Nearest FMS Tab.  
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Originally posted by m016576 m016576 wrote:

after flying for a couple hours today.. thought of this about half way through the flight...

if you have the data window displayed on the Map, and “Nearest airfield” is one of your data fields, it would be nice if you tapped the nearest airfield data block and the IFD would give you the option to go direct to the nearest field.

After fooling around with the IFD- the only way I found that I could go direct to the nearest field was to see it on the map,  then tap the field and go direct there... or type in the identifier after hitting the direct button.  Is their an easier way?  Would love it if I could just tap the “nearest airfield” data block and it would give me an “activate direct to XXXX” option... would be handy if I lost my engine or something.

There are several ways to accomplish going direct to the nearest or another nearby airport that is not already in the active flight plan in addition to the technique you describe. On the IFD100 and IFD5XX, there is a dedicated NRST button that takes the respective device to the FMS NRST tab displaying nearest airports in distance order with one push. Successive pushes of the NRST button cycles to nearest airports to destination, VORs, NDBs, intersections, ARTCCs, FSSs, user waypoints, airspace, and then back to airports. On any IFD, nearest airports may be accessed by navigating to the FMS NRST tab; there is a LSK available on this tab to cycle to the other nearest lists if desired.

Once displaying the nearest airports, highlight the airport you wish to go direct to by either touching it or by rotating lower right knob, then press the direct to button and confirm. BTW - whatever is highlighted in the nearest list also graphically gets highlighted in blue on the map displayed next to the nearest list. You can also quickly put the tower/CTAF frequency for any of these airports in the standby VHF window by touching the appropriate frequency or by highlighting the appropriate airport and pressing the lower right knob. This same technique may be used to put nearest ATC, FSS, or VOR frequencies in their respective VHF standby windows.


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after flying for a couple hours today.. thought of this about half way through the flight...

if you have the data window displayed on the Map, and “Nearest airfield” is one of your data fields, it would be nice if you tapped the nearest airfield data block and the IFD would give you the option to go direct to the nearest field.

After fooling around with the IFD- the only way I found that I could go direct to the nearest field was to see it on the map,  then tap the field and go direct there... or type in the identifier after hitting the direct button.  Is their an easier way?  Would love it if I could just tap the “nearest airfield” data block and it would give me an “activate direct to XXXX” option... would be handy if I lost my engine or something.
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Originally posted by teeth6 teeth6 wrote:

skybum02, I believe that is a different issue with the datablocks being displaced to the bottom.  I’m speaking of the need to hit the tab to bring up the datablocks each time the IFDs startup.  For example, the map page comes up with no datablocks until the tab is touched to bring them in. 

Ahh, ok I agree.  
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I’d like to see a switch tanks alert based on gallons used (not time) and have the box automatically know the local time.

And a ding or chime when crossing a fix on approach.
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skybum02, I believe that is a different issue with the datablocks being displaced to the bottom.  I’m speaking of the need to hit the tab to bring up the datablocks each time the IFDs startup.  For example, the map page comes up with no datablocks until the tab is touched to bring them in. 
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Originally posted by teeth6 teeth6 wrote:

This has probably been mentioned before but it would be nice to have the IFD startup in the same data block display mode they were shut down (data blocks showing or not) or have a setting that gives the user the option to have the data blocks visible on startup or not.  Each time I start the IFDs, I go thru the MAP and SVS tabs on both IFDs to bring out the datablocks. It would be nice to not have to do this each time.

I think this will fix that issue:

http://www.avidynelive.com/release-10-2-3-1_topic1688_post22119.html#22119
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How about an aural warning option on the switch tanks timer?
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This has probably been mentioned before but it would be nice to have the IFD startup in the same data block display mode they were shut down (data blocks showing or not) or have a setting that gives the user the option to have the data blocks visible on startup or not.  Each time I start the IFDs, I go thru the MAP and SVS tabs on both IFDs to bring out the datablocks. It would be nice to not have to do this each time.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bob H Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Aug 2020 at 10:14am
Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

you'd have to create a user waypoint to be precise.
Yes, by using FMS -> WPT, not by “eyeball” method.  FMS -> WPT is "Avidyne easy".
Originally posted by cavu cavu wrote:

You have to eyeball a point that is 5NM from the VOR. Odds are you will be off, can't change it on the FP, have to delete and re-enter, then there's getting right on the airway which is also not easy. Its not "Avidyne" easy.  If you do get the waypoint you can then put a hold there.

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I guess the other way of looking at it, is how often are you actually issued a HOLD, outside of training or IPCs. I have seen three "real" holds in many thousands of hours.

So it is rarely used, should it be a priority for the coders to work on? The counterpoint would be, as it is rare and seldom practiced, it perhaps should be as easy as possible.

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Yes, you'd have to create a user waypoint to be precise.

Sure would be nice to have XYZ-5 (5nm before XYZ) as an input dialog, then at least you'd have the waypoint quickly. One of the special waypoint formats that are in the request queue.

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Try to enter a hold 5NM east of a VOR where there is no published fix on an airway in the IFD.  Its not easy.  You have to eyeball a point that is 5NM from the VOR. Odds are you will be off, can't change it on the FP, have to delete and re-enter, then there's getting right on the airway which is also not easy. Its not "Avidyne" easy.  If you do get the waypoint you can then put a hold there. 

I can envision a much easier way to place and orient (the twist the hold pattern using a knob is not bad).  The current dialogue box for holds is not fully visible with the map view open, so there is very little visual reference involved.  The little holding pattern does not reorient when you change the heading, confusing to interpret with East/West referenced in hold dialogue box.

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Personally, I don't see a lot of value to changing how the HOLD dialog works in the IFD, I don't find it confusing myself, at worst all you have to do is flip one bearing by 180* as necessary. I would consider it basic SA to have that clear in your mind, what the hold looks like, before you start entering it.

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Originally posted by cavu cavu wrote:

I was actually referring to holding west of the fix but east of the VOR (you didn't actually draw that you had a Hold East of the fix on the 270 radial, I should have just used your example).  

If you are at a published intersection then the IFD should know that airways go thru it and a simple pull-down would solve that (or as published) but those are not the holds that cause confusion. 

The point of the cardinal heading select and radial entry would be to eliminate the erroneous inbound course entry.  I'm really just thinking "out loud" here.  Seems there might be a better way to depict these graphically as you are constructing it and eliminating the erroneous possibilities.
Good to think out loud and hash through possibilities.  This is just my viewpoint, not right or wrong.

My concern is that there are so many ways to define a hold, that in my opinion, coming up with a menu of possibilities would create more confusion.  Holds do not have to be on a radial or airway.  As you step through a menu of possibilities, each one needs to be evaluated and determined if applicable.  I think it comes down to situational awareness.  If one is inputting an erroneous inbound course, there is a SA issue and an issue with thinking about a radial as a direction to fly.  It is not.  It is a line in space.  A radial merely narrows the holding course down to two possibilites.

If I have to look at a menu and determine if that selection applies to my inbound course, I must have already determined what my inbound course is.  So instead of evaluating multiple menu items against my inbound course, why not just input my inbound course?  If the pilot has good situational awareness, at most it requires adding or subtracting 180 deg.

I caution against adding menu items in the name of "easier", when often times it simply reduces pilot SA and removes the pilot from the "picture" of what the plane is doing and where it is going.

So, I do not favor a menu system of any kind.  The only thing I could get behind is an OBS type twist of the knob while a graphic holding pattern rotates on the screen.  However, it would still require entering right or left turns, and time or distance of the hold, so I'm ambivalent about it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cavu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Aug 2020 at 11:21am
I was actually referring to holding west of the fix but east of the VOR (you didn't actually draw that you had a Hold East of the fix on the 270 radial, I should have just used your example).  

If you are at a published intersection then the IFD should know that airways go thru it and a simple pull-down would solve that (or as published) but those are not the holds that cause confusion. 

The point of the cardinal heading select and radial entry would be to eliminate the erroneous inbound course entry.  I'm really just thinking "out loud" here.  Seems there might be a better way to depict these graphically as you are constructing it and eliminating the erroneous possibilities.

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Originally posted by cavu cavu wrote:

That's a good example of why a graphical interface would be helpful.  What would that clearance be...
""Hold 10NM West of ABC VOR on the 075 radial."  You would enter it as 255 degrees EAST or WEST of the VOR.   I know you can view it once its entered on the map but was just asking for a discussion of how to make the first entry easy and correct.   

I don't really know what it would look like, but perhaps a square of 8 blocks where you immediately press the cardinal heading then enter the radial in the center block.
Discussion is always good.
In regard to your example of “…what that clearance would be…”, you can’t hold west of the ABC VOR on the 075 degree radial.  The 075 degree radial is east of the VOR.  Also note that “Hold 10NM West of the ABC VOR”, does not indicate the direction (N,E,S,W) of the hold from the 10NM waypoint.  Radials need to be thought of as a line in space, not a direction.  You fly radials inbound or outbound.  Although, I’ve heard instructors use the phrase, “fly the radial”, it is poor phrasing and incomplete information.

A hold instruction can be given in multiple ways that will not necessarily include any reference to a radial.  They can be given as radial, course, bearing, airway or route on which the aircraft is to hold.  What if you were told to hold east at mobby intersection on V105?  What then?

The point of my graphic is that in the two cases, the hold is outbound on the radial in one case and inbound in the other.  So, given your concern, you are trying to clarify one case, while obfuscating the other.

The industry has always defined holds with a fix and inbound course.  Given the vagaries of holds, I can’t think of a better way to define them.  Yes, they can be confusing, but no matter how you re-define it, it is still a fix and a direction.  Substituting one direction for another will not reduce the confusion.

The bottom line is that the pilot is given a clearance on where and how to hold.  The pilot then needs to figure out the inbound course to fly.  The hold clearance itself can never reliably provide specific course information, the pilot is always left to figure it out.



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This is the discussion I was looking for.  Thanks

I don't think the cardinal heading and radial are redundant, as you could have a hold EAST or WEST of a fix on a radial but the heading entry in the IFD would be different.  There must be a reason, that isn't redundant or just heads up, for ATC to give it to you like that.  My thinking was more for the sake of how hold clearance are given and making the IFD entry directly from the clearance.

I definitely think the entry graphic needs to be bigger and more intuitive than what is currently shown in the IFD.  
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The cardinal compass direction, and the radial number are of course redundant, you don't need to specify both in the IFD

And, the HOLD dialog already calculates and specifies the cardinal direction as a cross  check, once you enter the inbound course.

But, I suppose allowing the TURNS input to be clicked between INBOUND and OUTBOUND (RADIAL from) input might address this, but it would have to be very obvious, perhaps a different color or inverted colors, with the arrow flipped, and with a text OUT and INBD right beside it that you click to change it. (like the AT or above, AT, AT or below selector)

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That's a good example of why a graphical interface would be helpful.  What would that clearance be...
""Hold 10NM West of ABC VOR on the 075 radial."  You would enter it as 255 degrees EAST or WEST of the VOR.   I know you can view it once its entered on the map but was just asking for a discussion of how to make the first entry easy and correct.   

I don't really know what it would look like, but perhaps a square of 8 blocks where you immediately press the cardinal heading then enter the radial in the center block.



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Originally posted by cavu cavu wrote:

When receiving hold instructions, it is something akin to 

"Hold North of ABC on the 350 radial, left turns, 5 mile legs"

Entering holds into the IFD, It asks for the heading to ABC and its easy to get this mixed up.

Is it possible to have an entry field(s) or graphic that is more intuitive with the instructions you get from ATC?
Six of one, half a dozen of another.

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When receiving hold instructions, it is something akin to 

"Hold North of ABC on the 350 radial, left turns, 5 mile legs"

Entering holds into the IFD, It asks for the heading to ABC and its easy to get this mixed up.

Is it possible to have an entry field(s) or graphic that is more intuitive with the instructions you get from ATC?
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Originally posted by Aerochip Aerochip wrote:

Suggestion:

When on MAP page and say I'm on a vector and then want to go back direct to the waypoint that I had previously been tracking to, I would hit Direct, Enter, Enter.  Upon doing so, the IFD440 defaults back to the FMS page.  I think it is an issue because the FMS page shows a map much like the MAP page, but of course does not show data blocks, traffic, weather, etc.   My suggestion would be for it to default back to the MAP page if that is what was previously being used.  

Not sure about the IFD440; however, the IFD540 FMS FPL map continues to display traffic, weather, as well as the left side data blocks.  
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Originally posted by Flybuddy Flybuddy wrote:

With each release there are probably upwards of 100 suggestions with several requested add ons actually taking place. Many of these are minor and carry minimal improvements. Unfortunately the sum total of constantly adding obscure features can be unwieldy and detract from the overall performance of basic functionality. At some point of saturation it might be worth considering a back to basic software option.
One of the strong points of Avidyne over Garmin is it's simpler user interface. We have to be careful that too many "it would nice" features don't put that at risk.
Well said!  This is always a concern of mine when I see requests for new features.  The cost in overhead is sometimes just not worth it.  There is also an ergonomic and/or safety factor.  It is good to have discussions here as the request will sometimes get modified or even retracted after the realization that the feature is already available via a different means.  The change in ergonomics might also create a safety of flight issue.

When changes are made, there are almost always unintended consequences.  Simple is better.
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Originally posted by oskrypuch oskrypuch wrote:

One man's distraction, is another's savior. Many ways to skin a cat.

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This goes to the heart of the matter.  Pilots who are saved by a warning, didn't know they needed a warning.  Also, pilots have been killed thinking that they knew better than the warning, while for others the warning just confirmed what they already knew.

There is also the matter of departures where the warnings also play a critical role.  Balancing both approach and departure profiles combined with terrain for a mix of aircraft from cubs to jets is not simplistic and may lead to the occasional missing savior warning as opposed to the occasional superfluous one.  There also isn't any way to know which warnings are helpful to which pilots - i.e. who has situational awareness and who doesn't.  
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Very True!!
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With each release there are probably upwards of 100 suggestions with several requested add ons actually taking place. Many of these are minor and carry minimal improvements. Unfortunately the sum total of constantly adding obscure features can be unwieldy and detract from the overall performance of basic functionality. At some point of saturation it might be worth considering a back to basic software option.
One of the strong points of Avidyne over Garmin is it's simpler user interface. We have to be careful that too many "it would nice" features don't put that at risk.
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