My first real flight with the new avionics was awesome. Seemingly right on cue, a spring weather system popped up and thunderstorms randomly appeared and wandered around the California central valley as I flew down for a business meeting out of Van Nuys airport.
The new ADS-B weather system (an Avidyne Skytrax 100) displayed the weather on the IFD540 and made it seem like I was risking my life by threading thunderstorms.
Seeing actual traffic on the screen going into Van Nuys was nice. I’ve had “some” ADS-B traffic on my iPad for some time, but having alerts and the traffic on a display right in front of you is, for me, much preferred from a heads-down approach of using an iPad for traffic.
Weather on an iPad is fine, as it isn’t something you need to look at and/or track immediately. Having aural alerts and head’s-up, in-your-panel alerts for traffic conflicts I think is far more important. Either way, the new ADS-B traffic technology should make flying a little safer and I’m enjoying the ride.