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    How long are they sticking around?

    Just curious,

    Now that glass technology is commonly found in the newer models of modern GA aircraft, can we honestly say that manual gauges are to stay and not going to be phased out? Would be sad to see GA aircraft being over taken by square glass panels in the cockpit replacing the traditional gauges.

    How long until gauges are phased out in the Cessna. Will be sad to see gauges go, I hope they never do. Look at it this way, if the screen goes, what do you rely on? Gauges! We need them and just hoping we have at least another ten years or so more with them!
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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    I think the 6 pack set costs two-three times as much to manufacture and service as an equivalent functionality glass panel. What suppliers charge at the moment is another matter.

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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    Hmm, well, as nice as steam gauges are, i think glass is coming to take over! technology is developing very fast and moving needles are just old technology, and so limited, would you want to try running FSX on a Pentium III based PC? its a shame as i love seeing an aircraft with old steam gauges in but its too expensive and difficult to maintain. But there will always be steam around, just not to the extent we see today! The other thing is, they arent very affordable for us simmers either (Compare a 19'' monitor to simkits or flight illusion) :P hehe

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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    and with all the glass we see in modern cockpits, the old mechanical gauges are
    still there for backup. bit like me having a bicycle (no really, i do) in case the
    car won't start
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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    Cessna has already phased out steam gauges they are only building aircraft with glass
    of course they have standby gauges for ais, alt, and attitude but thats it

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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    The amount of redundancy is what I think may keep steam gauges around. Take a look at automobiles for instance. Displaying the information in a digital dash has been around for a cool 30 years now and yet it's not the norm. There are what maybe 200 to 400 cars for every GA aircraft out there. Surely the cost of mass production of such equipment would make it even cheaper to make but yet people prefer (law enforcement as well) the analog gauges.

    We are simply talking about a display of information here nothing new on the gathering of information. That is still being done the old fashioned way. If you think that one good solar flare could wipe out GPS as we know it. What would you do if all your guidance equipment was rooted in that? I also think there is no standardization in the electronic cockpit. At one time you could move from cockpit to cockpit and know what each gauge tells you just by it's location and look. With a glass cockpit it's a hole new ball game. You have know the system that is installed, manual, troubleshooting etc... You could have the best electrical system installed but it's still prone to failure. If that happens you'll be flying blind.

    I for one would feel tons better having the gauges I can count on available to me. Augmenting your standard gauges with LCD's is fine. Everyone loves the new and improved and reducing workload can make flying less hazardous and more enjoyable (if that's possible) but I would never abandon the standard gauges.
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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    The other thing is, they arent very affordable for us simmers either (Compare a 19'' monitor to simkits or flight illusion) :P hehe

    But I like the look of my simkits instruments turning
    And after all there are after nearly 70 years ,still spitfires and others flying around.
    I dont like the look of digital instruments on a screen , they look dead to me they have no soul
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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    Be proud of gauges, its where aviation started!

    Staring at 2 x squares doesn't excite me i'm afraid!

    I fully agree with moving with modern times, just that I like the vintage gear!

    How many training / flying schools still have cessna's with gauges? Pretty much all of them, and are they going to be in a rush to get glass tech in their aircraft...?

    Probably not, gauges are going to be around for a LONG time!
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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    You can always go cheap and old style

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    Re: How long are they sticking around?

    Leo, this your new range of cards then I see....haha!
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