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Old 07-06-2011, 06:03 PM
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Default Garmin SL30 alternatives?

Looking to replace one of my two Icom A200's with a nav/com sometime in the next 6 months. The Garmin SL30 is obviously the industry standard in that size, but what other options are there? Any?

New SL30's are about $3700 and used ones seem to sell for ~$3000; so it doesn't make any sense at all to buy a used unit. I'm just wondering if there are any other cheaper or better units out there that I should be looking at?

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:43 AM
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Why not install a 430w and sell one A200?

That way you get even more capability in you panel.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:48 AM
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Why not install a 430w and sell one A200?

That way you get even more capability in you panel.
Lets see, $3700 for the SL 30 and $7500 for a 430, that wasn't much help for a cheaper option was it!
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:59 AM
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Lets see, $3700 for the SL 30 and $7500 for a 430, that wasn't much help for a cheaper option was it!
No, but if I were to do it again, I would save my pennies and install a second 430W. I currently have a 430W and a SL30.

My setup works great, I just see added benefits in two 430Ws for IFR.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:06 AM
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The 430W is a great unit! Some of the rentals I did primary flight training in had them. It's just a bit outside my budget, both initially and continually (database and software updates).

Primarily, I want a nav/com to do IFR training in my rv6a. I couldn't find any nav/com, other than the garmin sl30, in the same form factor as my existing Icom A200.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:54 AM
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Mgl has been threatening to release a nav radio for quite a while that should be comparable to an sl30. Knowing mgl, it will be a good price. With any luck, we might see it at oshkosh.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:10 PM
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Sounds like the MGL nav radio will be a nav-only remote radio. From the vague description on the website, that sounds like it will plug into your MGL EFIS and be controlled/operated solely by the EFIS. That's not necessarily a bad thing and would be worth waiting for *if* it would work with the Mini-Extreme and be priced under $1k.

Then I could get an EFIS, nav radio and CDI for less than the cost of the Garmin SL30 alone. That would be pretty nice.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:22 PM
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I think it is already available:

www.mglavionics.com/html/radios.html

This web site is the MGL site from SportFlyingShop.com. I purchased my MGL instruments from them for my last Experimental, and cannot recommend SportFlyingShop.com enough. Matt is the best at support.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:25 PM
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The V10 comm doesn't have the NAV functionality of the SL30, but it does use the SL30 remote protocol for frequency setting.

The V15 (I think) NAV radio was supposed to do the other half, but it's not available yet. Not sure where they are on this one. I was going to put a V10 in my -7, but I wound up getting a 430w instead.
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Old 07-07-2011, 03:08 PM
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No, but if I were to do it again, I would save my pennies and install a second 430W. I currently have a 430W and a SL30.

My setup works great, I just see added benefits in two 430Ws for IFR.
Well, instead of offering James an opinion on what one might think is best for him, and his BUDGET, I'll try to be helpful.

http://www.sarasotaavionics.com/usedavionics.aspx

A link to Sarasota used avionics

KX 125 used Nav/com $1889
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