Shoestring Flyer wrote:I do like the idea of 'direct in' and keep coming back to thinking of biting the cost bullet and going PowerFlarmCore connected to a V4 display. The I would get antenna diversity and have everything in/out covered. Also that way no on-going subscriptions to anyone.
I do agree that PowerFLARM Core with ADS-B out is the gold standard for electronic conspicuity at the moment, although the cost is high. The other advantage of PowerFLARM is that gliders would be able to see you, as well as you being able to see them.
What about a SkyEcho 2? Admittedly, you'd have to use SkyDemon and pay £30 per annum for FLARM reception. Also, you'd be able to see gliders, but they'd only be able to see you if they had ADS-B in (most gliders are still using Classic FLARM, so don't have ADS-B in).
A PilotAware Rosetta is a very cost-effective solution. You'd see aircraft fitted with PilotAware, ADS-B, FLARM and Mode S (FLARM and MLAT are available only when both you and the target are within range and line of sight of an OGN-R groundstation). Again, gliders wouldn't be able to see you unless they had ADS-B in.
It all depends on how many gliders there are where you normally fly and how much you're willing to pay for direct FLARM in (and out) instead of OGN-R rebroadcast.