OK to have all this stuff (perhaps) - What! this is a basic panel (exception AvMap & manifold vacuum just for fun)OK to have all this stuff (perhaps) But do you grow dependent on it? The more you have inside to look at, the less you look at outside.. That's the way it will work out. Are you map reading and obtaining positive fixes regularly? Can you still do the basic stuff you were or should have been taught on your Nav exercises? or do you consider that's been made unnecessary by the technology? Nev
But do you grow dependent on it - No! - I spend very little time with the eyes inside the cockpit (especially round the patch) on a Nav I check my direction instruments (a must if you hand fly as I do) as part of my regular "sweep" of the gauges.
Are you map reading and obtaining positive fixes regularly? - No. However I still plan all of my navs on paper/maps & carry them close at hand (inc ERSA) but rarely have to consult. Counting from the eyeball, two GPS systems & two cumpass systems I think I have sufficient redundancy. When they all closely agree I am a happy little pilot. I have been flying for about 25 years now and except for a solo training nav (Canberra - Condobolin) when I got myself a little confused, I have never actually been lost. I have long since learnt to trust my instruments and interpret/cross check what I see outside with my map (either electronic or paper).
Can you still do the basic stuff you were or should have been taught on your Nav exercises? or do you consider that's been made unnecessary by the technology? - Yes but not as quickly as my pre GPS days and no I do think technology has made the teaching of basic navigation skills unnecessary. I think all pilots should have a grounding in basic flying/navigation/engineering, etc,
I am a little surprised at your comments Nev - I put up my panel as a demonstration of what can be done on a tight budget and still have a reliable collective instrument for navigation, monitoring your engine and communicating. I am convinced "glass" is the future but I am happy & confident in with what I have now.