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NAV/COM radio recommendations for 8.33

Another question for the experienced ones….

What someone can suggest to install as new NAV/COMM radio combined? one which is not very expensive as the owner does not want to spend much, mainly he just needs the 8.33 added and required a new NAV radio.

appreciate your feedback

LMML

There isn’t a cheap 8.33 Nav/Com.

Numerous people have kept the old Nav/Com as box 2 and just fitted a simple Com such as the Trig TY96 as box 1. Although I realise that isn’t possible for everyone

Last Edited by Bathman at 26 Jan 16:09

There is a rumour Trig is coming up with a NAV radio, but for now it’s merely a rumour. In the meantime, one silly but legitimate way to get a NAV with a small panel footprint may be an old Collins VIR-351 (+ GLS-350 remote glideslope receiver). There are plenty of them offered for a song.

Last Edited by Ultranomad at 26 Jan 16:24
LKBU (near Prague), Czech Republic

Our initial idea was to install the TRIG COMM and leave the existing Collins VIR251, but the collins needs a new display and a service and based on some feedback from servicing companies its expensive to service as it’s an old model.

Probably we’ll go for Garmin GNC255A if no other idea comes up.

LMML

@Navygm, you can just buy another Collins instead of servicing this one. Various shops in the US offer them for $300-400 with form 8130.

LKBU (near Prague), Czech Republic

if you need display segments for the VIR , you could take them out the VHF that you want to replace (every digit is a seperate part and are the same)
Then you could keep the VIR251 and install on becker or trig TY-91 or 92 on the location of the VHF251.
or mount nav 1 and nav2 beside each other and mount 2 ea TY-96 vhf com above it (or 2 ea TY-91 or 92)

For the long term I think it’s better to invest in a GNC255a

Is the VIR251 FM Immune?

mh
Inside the sky.
EDXE, EDXF, Germany

depending on partnumber and mod status they can be ;-)

I’d suggest to fit a GTN650 on the principle of “buy good stuff and cry once”. The GTN has good resale value and the UI, with voice control and touch screen, are worth a guinea a minute.

Glenswinton, SW Scotland, United Kingdom

A vote for the GNC255A. For light IFR under part.nco a good 8.33 COM and VOR/ILS plus a PBN/B2 IFR GPS (KLN94 or Garmin 155) covers most requirements. Situational awareness can be supplemented with an iPad running Garmin Pilot, even as a permanent part of the panel. Or a GTN650, but the cost delta is around five figures?

Enstone (EGTN), Oxford (EGTK)
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