Hey Joe, is this a weather pod?

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  1. evangilder

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    I was out at Camarillo last weekend shooting a variety of airplanes when I spotted this one. It looks similar to a FLIR or ECM pod, but I doubt a 172 would need either of those! Someone suggested it was a weather pod of some sort.

    Have you seen one of these, Joe? It's the pod on the starboard wing.
     

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    Wonder why they would need the extra pod, most electronics nowadays are sufficent enough for civilian planes.
     
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    Not the weather radar, antenna, waveguide and all the goodies that goes along with it. It has to have a clear obstructed "view." There's really no other place to put it in a single engine aircraft.
     
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    Oh ok thanks joe it just seemed kinda stange to stick it on the wing, but i guess they coulnt mount it on top
     
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    Thanks Joe. I wonder how that effects balance, or is there ballast placed on the other wing to counter the weight?
     
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    Ya know, I'm not sure if there's any ballast added, but I'll find out.
     
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    Thats a good point evan i didnt think of that, does make you wonder about how heavy it is
     
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    Joe, what does one get in the $63,500 Situational Awarness Package?

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    Own ship position overlayed on moving map, realtime doppler updates and FIS Broadcast for strategic flight planning. Pretty sophisticated actually.
     
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    Beats a lapboard, maps, slide rules and memory anyday.
     
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    Good stuff, thanks.

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    What does the display look like? Is it glass? Monochrome? MFD?
     
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    Huh? It is likely a TSO-C113 compliant color display with processing to allow near real-time updates of en route inclement wx, NAS status, SUA, NOTAMS, destination airport wx, etc. While I'm not intimately familiar with the equipment, it likely includes TSO-C63c Wx radar capability with moving map and proprietary data link FIS-B (TSO-C149). Maybe I'm stretching the capabilities a bit, but the the potential is there if you are going to spend the money to install a doppler radar and associated cockpit display.
     
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    Hmmm...glad I asked. So, who is going to buy one of these wonder-toys and give us a demo?
     
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    Too rich for my blood. :lol:

    You live in Cali. You can afford anything.
     
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    It is just pocket change. I bet the military pays 1 or 2 million for it. We are getting a great deal here.

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    Um, yeah... I'll just take out a second mortgage for it. ;)
     
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    Come on Evan, it is both cheaper and small than a new lens....:lol:
     
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