tend to keep some of the important parts of
Going into the trip, Connor was something of an enigma to me. He was polite
enough, and I knew he was smart and
athletically inclined; a fierce martial arts
student, a fast sprinter, and an intimidating
lacrosse player. But he tended to keep his
guard up, and I wasn’t entirely sure what lay
To my great relief, Connor turned out
to be, first and foremost, a wonderful flying
buddy and traveling companion. I’d been
a bit concerned about what I was going to
lose, giving up my single life and freedom
to be a partner to Connor’s dad and a step-parent to Connor. But over the course of
our 10 days together, Connor reminded me
of how much more fun life is with good
I also discovered that behind that teenage guard lay a surprisingly sensitive and
observant soul, with the eye of an artist and
the courage to walk a different path than
his peers. I discovered the best copilot I’ve
ever had: someone with sharp eyes, a quick,
analytical mind, a good sense of humor, resourceful creativity, and the ability to keep
his head in an emergency. I also discovered
that he hates to be told what to do (although
he’ll tolerate it from a pilot in command) and
that if I wanted him to listen to something, it
behooved me to get to the point quickly.
But I also discovered something of a kindred spirit, as well; a curious mind and adventurous soul willing to try almost anything
once and always looking at the world with
an eye toward better seeing and understanding it. And some of the most memorable examples of that curiosity, and the insight it led
to, came not at our planned “big” destination
spots of Yellowstone or Rushmore, but in the
quiet spaces along the way.
Like somewhere over Indiana, Connor
turning to me and asking, “What was your
favorite year in school?” Or over lunch in
Wilkes-Barre, observing, “You know, America
isn’t really one country, is it? It’s really a lot of
different realities that share a common border.
Its not just the crystal clear synthetic vision, the comprehensive autopilot
coupling, vertical steering, flight director, or hundreds of other details that
makes GRT Avionics the perfect choice for IFR flight. It is the confidence that
comes from hundreds of thousands of hours of proven performance.
Designed by experienced aerospace engineers. IFR proven. Expect nothing
less from GRT.
Graphical Engine Monitor with EGT history
Dual AHRS - Auto-cross check. No degradation with loss of an AHRS; no
need to revert to partial panel backup.
Synthetic Approach with highway-in-the-sky to any runway
Extensive Lateral and Vertical autopilot coupling expands autopilot
XM Weather, TIS Traffic, Stormscope, ADS-B,
and much more...
8 serial ports in/out, 8/14 analog inputs/outputs, ARINC 429 for today and
built-in growth for tomorrow.
Primary Flight Display with synthetic vision
Moving Map with shaded relief terrain