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 Post subject: Saved by the Merlin Today
PostPosted: 18 Oct 2017, 02:31 
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As mentioned in another thread I got a Merlin from Seattle Avionics for my wife as she follows everything on her tablet with Avare.
We're not tech savvy so it took a little work for us but in reality it wasn't too hard to set up. We just kept forgetting to turn on the Wifi on the tablet :-)

Anyway, out today east of Flagstaff, 10,500 msl NB and she says look at this one. I look and see a target at -170 5 west of us east bound. I start to climb and then see the target go +150 so I dump it down to 10,000 pretty quick. Then he went +1100. With the haze from all the smoky fires out here it was hard to pick him up visually.

Target kept on same bearing to us and I finally spotted him at less than a mile as he went directly over us about 1000' higher.

Looks kinda to me like it paid for itself today. Never really embraced the idea of ADSB but I may have to view it from a different angle from now on and start really looking at how I'm going to comply for the OUT solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
PostPosted: 18 Oct 2017, 17:15 
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Welcome to the club! Amazing the amount of aircraft that went previously unseen, eh? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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You will be amazed at how much traffic there is out there that you would never see without the ADS-B Traffic In. Without ADS-B Out, you are only seeing compliant targets and not the whole picture.


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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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YUP Looking real close at the Garmin GDL 82 and the wing tip Sky Beacon. Probably will do something at Sun n Fun next spring.


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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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I worry about the heads down time looking at the iPad for traffic. We're supposed to be looking out the window to see and avoid. Having your wife look at the screen while you look out the windshield is a great idea. But my wife would rather read.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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On the Lynx 9000 I see many targets that should be within visual range but I cannot see them.

There are many targets that are virtually invisible to the MK 1 eyeball that ADSB sees.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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Yep. I was the same. Flown forever without ADSB, why do we need it. But now I have it, I would say that there have been at least three times when it really made a tense situation a non-event. I hope everyone complies, as it is a great system. And it is no Heads Down time, the units all have alerts when something is getting close.

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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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Same here had a Learjet coming inbound we were climbing out had to turn 90 degrees quick he went right by never saw us would have been close


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 Post subject: Re: Saved by the Merlin Today
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I would agree and once you have experienced traffic avoidance or any kind TCAS or ADS-B you will not want to ever go back to blind. This past Sat I flew into a towered airport and the controller gave me advice for traffic and fit me in landing traffic as number 3 of 5 planes landing coming from 2 different areas. I could not see the traffic in the air but I saw them on the screen and slipped right in neatly between number 2 and 4 landing aircraft (was a young eagles day at Sierra Vista KFHU and the tower controller came in on his day off to help keep things safer).
It would terrify my to go back to flying wo traffic avoidance! So many times I have planes on screen and never saw them in the air (and I am looking right where they are supposed to be but they are lost in landscape or sky) but we made safe avoidance maneuvers.
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