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zyttocs
11-25-2010, 07:14 PM
I'm trying to decide which MFD to put into a King Air 300. I've read up on the Garmin GMX200, G600, King KMD850, and Avidyne EX5000 but I just can't make up my mind.

I'm leaning toward the EX5000 because as far as I can tell it's the only one that will display an entire approach plate.

And what options are there for incorporating a fuel management/monitoring system into the King Air? Something that will project remaining fuel at destination or even at your alternate. I'd love to install an FMS but it's cost prohibitive.

Any thought?


wizepilot
11-26-2010, 10:46 AM
It's a Garmin world out there.

elcidflyer04
11-26-2010, 10:55 AM
I fly with the GMX 200 w/radar, data link for weather, taffic and Jepp Flight view charts. It is a lot of eggs in one basket but it is a pretty awesome system. I love it. I would love it even more if we had one more as back up.


zyttocs
11-27-2010, 01:20 PM
How is it viewing the Jepps on the GMX200? I can't help but think that having to bounce back and forth from the top of the chart to the bottom of the chart while on an approach is a big pain.

elcidflyer04
11-28-2010, 06:43 AM
Its not too bad. While you are veiwing a chart you can pull up certain parts of the chart with a push of a button. Panning up and down isnt bad. It is very user friendly.

Formerbuspilot
11-28-2010, 05:39 PM
Wait until next year and install the Garmin G1000. It will be available mid year for the 300s and 350s.

zyttocs
11-28-2010, 09:02 PM
Yea but the G1000 is big bucks.....

Ewfflyer
11-29-2010, 05:20 AM
Avidyne is known as the "a-word" at my place of business. Garmin is definately the better product as far as function and support. Operationally, the Avidyne can be better with larger screen. XM weather is better on the Garmin IMO, easier to turn on/off specific functions etc in it's own dedicated menu.

Try and get a "demo" out there in an operational aircraft. I can also tell you we've swapped out KMD850's and Avidyne's for GMX200's in our shop also.

Honestly, I don't really like viewing charts on the MFD's, I'd rather have paper. Now I have an iPad, and it solves a ton of issues in that regard. I don't mind the G1000 display, because it is huge and interfaces nicely, but you are right, it'll run around $450-$500k to install!

Formerbuspilot
11-29-2010, 07:56 PM
Yea but the G1000 is big bucks.....


True, I have been hearing around 300-350K. Price out individually what you get and I think you will find its a pretty good deal. To RVSM your 300 and install an FMS w/waas would be 1/2 the cost already.

Ewfflyer
11-30-2010, 05:24 AM
True, I have been hearing around 300-350K. Price out individually what you get and I think you will find its a pretty good deal. To RVSM your 300 and install an FMS w/waas would be 1/2 the cost already.

That is just for parts, wouldn't include labor. I know this because we have one on order to install in another airframe.

Cruz5350
11-30-2010, 07:48 AM
I sell and install avionics at my shop. Your question has many parts that need to be taken care of to give you an accurate idea. Avidyne is hands down a better product than what Garmin makes if we are strictly talking about MFD's. Such as the GMX200 or the EX600 by avidyne. Chartview can be portrayed on both but it is an extra on the GMX200. The EX600 is now standard with that feature and you also get Geo Referenced Plates I'd have to check and see if the GMX200 is capable of that. In addition the screen resolution and ease of use is amazing on the EX600 compared to all others out there. This is all my opinion though and I've flown every Glass Panel system and MFD on the market at this time. If you have any questions just ask.