Aircraft communication equipment allows you to speak to other pilots and air traffic control towers as you pass through their airspace. Most planes come equipped with a modern aircraft communication systems, but, as planes age, owners often want to upgrade either the aircraft communication equipment or some of the airplane radio parts.
Changing out or enhancing an aircraft communication system can overwhelm even the most seasoned pilot or airplane owner. Airplane communications products, like most things relating to aviation, don't come cheap and it's easy to worry about making the wrong decision. Ask yourself the questions listed below; once you know the answers to those, you'll feel confident about whatever aircraft communication equipment you choose.
1. Do you know enough about avionics (aircraft communication technology) to make an informed decision?
2. What airplane communications systems can you buy?
3. Where can you get the airplane communication products you need?
Learn the terminology related to airplane communication technologyAircraft communications products have their own language. Purchasing aircraft communication systems for aircraft requires more knowledge than many other purchases, and learning the language surrounding airplane radio parts will help you make intelligent choices.
Investigate the different aircraft communication equipmentOnce you learn the lingo surrounding airplane communication products, you should start learning about the different brands. The market for communication systems for aircraft has a narrow scope and you won't find as much competition as you may expect for an aircraft communication system. You'll make the best decision if you find airplane communication products that meet your specific needs.
Purchase your airplane communication systemIf you've followed the above steps, you can select your airplane communication system with confidence. You can purchase from the manufacturer directly or you can choose a dealer who may offer supplemental services (such as discounts on other airplane radio parts or customer loyalty programs).
- Ask other pilots about each communication system in aircraft they fly on a regular basis. Every pilot will have different insight into different aircraft communication technology, so you'll come away from an afternoon at the airport with more information than you ever thought possible.