Maxthelion wrote:Erm.. A PAW Rosetta set up is as simple as plugging it into a USB power pack and dumping it onto the seat next to you, though securing it somewhere where the aerials can 'see' the sky is better. You then run a 1/4" cable to your intercom aux in, and Bob's yer uncle, audio alerts!
If anybody want to whinge about there not being somewhere obvious to secure it, or moan about there being a cable present, feel free to include other compatible whinges such as the way seat belts restrict your movement and how motorcyle helmets cause more deaths than they prevent due to how they restrict vision.
Errrr, don't have a "seat next to me"
Errrr, don't have have an "Intercom" - Single seater
If I wear a parachute, and one day I need it, it is certainly safer. If I use EC and one day it stops me hitting something it is certainly safer. But both offer other safety compromises.
A parachute makes it harder for me to climb out of a burning aeroplane on the ground.
EC makes it too easy for me to delegate collision avoidance to the electronics, meaning that I am (may be) at increased risk of collision.
I am pretty sure that one day EC will be the safer option. I am also pretty sure that at the moment the safety benefits are over-hyped.
I am certain that if I went flying with EC it would "see" aeroplanes that I missed in my lookout, but that only matters if I was going to hit one of them. The Sky is indeed Big, the chances of hitting another aeroplane are, fortunately, small.
On this forum the most common reaction to EC, I think, is that it is the most important safety advance on the horizon. I wish people would spend more time on flying skills, airmanship and lookout rather than gadgets.
I am certain that EC offers value, but I think that it is too often overstated and, as I said in an earlier post, may, in future, come at a cost to the freedom of flight which I value highly.