Navigation and communication avionics equipment for your aircraft is an important investment in your safety. A NAV/COMM is a combination navigation receiver and communication transceiver, which may be easier to install into a smaller space on your instrument panel than separate navigation and communication electronics. NAV/COMM avionics for your private plane are complex electrical systems that navigate and communicate your aircraft’s position, orientation, and distance from airport runways and major landmarks.
Is a panel NAV/COMM better than a portable NAV/COMM?
Portable NAV/COMM avionics supplement information from your primary instrument panel. Portable devices are FAA-authorized and require no installation. The portable NAV/COMM displays Global Positioning System (GPS) that derives airspeed, altimeter, and orientation information, which is radically different than the airspeed, altimeter, and heading values displayed on your instrument panel. Both devices will monitor wind, rain, and lightning.
What are the features of NAV/COMM avionics?
NAV/COMM avionics enhance the accuracy and verify the integrity of your existing instruments through the measurements of satellite signals from all over the United States. NAV/COMM avionics with GPS assist pilots in their approach and descent onto airport runways, especially at airports with no air traffic control personnel. NAV/COMM electronics with GPS can do the following:
- Increase aviation safety
- Monitor weather conditions
- Display aircraft horizontal and vertical stabilization information
- Simplify landings and reduce fuel consumption
- Display global weather, wind, and lightning conditions
- Use radar, infrared, and satellite imagery to navigate
- Stay powered by 12- to 30-volt batteries for eight to 24 hours before recharging
- Respond to simple touch screens rather than push-buttons and dials
- Communicate through Bluetooth audio technology
- Efficiently simplify and compile detailed flight plans
Are NAV/COMM avionics systems practical for private pilots?
NAV/COMM devices with GPS are now mounted in 80% of all small aircraft in the United States. Garmin Federal Aviation Administration training teaches NAV/COMM avionics and navigation for cross-country flying through simulators, which use all modes of flight information. Their training modules require students to draft flight plans and activate simulated approaches to airport runways. Garmin's training teaches students to make aeronautical decisions and communicate them through Bluetooth audio devices.
What brands make these avionics systems?
There are several brands that manufacture avionics navigation and communications devices. Some of these brands include:
- Bendix King
Why are NAV/COMM systems so crucial?
Pilots fly under different rules depending on the conditions. A pilot can operate an aircraft under visual flight rules or instrument flight rules. When weather conditions are not optimal, a NAV/COMM system helps the pilot serve his clients and customers by navigating the plane using GPS techniques as opposed to the older method of "dead reckoning."