November 11, 2009
Dec. 6 - I like my comforts and the Sweepstakes Bonanza is comfortable. It's easy to fly, goes fast, and the seats make 5-hour legs a pleasure. Two pieces of avionics add to my in-flight comfort. One alerts me to the presence of thunderstorms, and the other tunes me into the world of radio, or plays my favorite music on CDs.
The Goodrich WX-500 Stormscope detects the range and azimuth of lightning discharges. Where there's lightning, there are thunderstorms-and I avoid thunderstorms. Having not grown up in thunderstorm country, I'm pleased with the fact that I can turn a knob on the Garmin GNS 430 or 530 and see where thunderstorms are. Both Tom Horne and I used this valuable feature while flying N2001B to and fro this year.
I have turned on several times the Avionics Innovations' AM/FM radio with CD player during long stints. I've enjoyed Sunday morning church services conducted by Cajun ministers, critiqued the state of modern society by listening to the current crop of radio advice-givers, and when I yearned for a taste of the familiar, inserted a CD of The Band.
The AICDII provides stereo sound, and mutes itself instantly whenever a com or nav audio signal is detected. The muting is very gentle, without loud clicks or abrupt volume changes. It's another sophisticated piece of equipment that will further add to enjoyment of the person who wins the Sweepstakes Bonanza.
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