As a professional airshow pilot (or VFR ferry pilot, however you want to look at it), the avionics in my airplane make all of the difference when it comes to getting to my destination on time and safe. My magnetic compass and attitude indicator, which relied on a gyro did not do well with the extreme aerobatics.
With the package of instruments installed by Sarasota Avionics, I have been able to navigate more efficiently and more safely. The Garmin aera 796, paired with ADSB traffic and satellite NEXRAD, helps me to be more aware of my surroundings and also helps me to navigate away from poor weather and pop-up TFRs. The Aspen and Garmin are independent systems with their own backup batteries that, in the event of an electrical failure, will continue working to guide me to my destination and provide an artificial horizon in the event of an emergency.
When island hopping across stretches of open water with an engine that is pushed to its limits during aerobatics, it is crucial to be able to monitor it at all times. With my engine monitor I can watch the CHT and EGT of all 6 cylinders, my oil pressures and temperatures, fuel pressure and fuel flow – and so much more! This gives me the security to know what is happening in my engine.
I first met the crew from Sarasota Avionics at an airshow and instantly got along with them! If you take the time to visit their booth at Oshkosh or Sun’n Fun, you will have the chance to learn what real customer service is about. They installed the best panel for me that any aerobatic airplane has ever seen, and used space that I didn’t even know existed in the Edge! As a member of the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team, and full time airshow pilot, I go to the friends and people that I trust at Sarasota Avionics for all of my avionics needs.