The Ryan TCAD: Features Comparison Chart –
Supplement to “Collision Avoidance on a Budget”

A special supplement to Carl Marbach's review of the Ryan TCAD.

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Characteristics8800Silver8800Gold99009900A9900B
Mounting stylePanelPanelRemoteRemoteRemote
DisplayIntegralIntegral 3 ATI 3 ATI 3 ATI
Display typeVFVFLEDLEDLED
UpgradableTo Gold 8800to 9900 A/BTo 9900 BYes
Top & bottom antennaYesYesYesYesYes
Antenna typeL-bandL-bandL-bandL-bandDirectional
Number of receivers22224
Moving map interfaceNoNoNoNoYes
Tracks 50+ threatsYesYesYesYesYes
No. of threats displayed33333
Display formatProfileProfileProfileProfileProfile and
Plan View*
*w/Argus
Number of shields3
G,T,E
4
G,T,E,U
5
G,T,S,E,U
5
G,T,S,E,U
5
G,T,S,E,U
G = Ground Mode, T = Terminal Mode, E = Enroute Mode, S = Standard Mode, U = Unrestricted Mode
Dynamic shieldsYesYesYesYesYes
Pilot adjustable shield sizesNoNoNoYesYes
AnnunciationToneToneToneTone & voiceTone & voice
Modes
Shield Sizes
8800 Silver8800 Gold99009900 A9900 B
GroundYesYesYesYesYes
Terminal+- 500 ft
1.5 inm
+- 500 ft
1.5 inm
+- 500 ft
1.0 inm
VariableVariable
StandardNoNo+- 1000 ft
2 inm
VariableVariable
Enroute+- 2000 ft
3 inm
+- 2000 ft
3 inm
+- 2000 ft
3 inm
Variable up to +- 2000 ft/6 inmVariable up to +- 2000 ft/6 inm
UnlimitedNo+- 5000 ft
3 inm
+- 5000 ft
3 inm
+- 10,000 ft
6 inm
+- 10,000 ft
6 inm
Mode transitionAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Approach modeNoNoNoYesYes
Displays8800 Silver8800 Gold99009900 A9900 B
UnlimitedNoYesYesYesYes
Altitude SeparationYesYesYesYesYes
Altitude TrendYesYesYesYesYes
RangeYesYesYesYesYes
Bearing to ThreatNoNoNoNoYes
Threat Transponder TypeNoYesYesYesYes
Threat Transponder CodeNoYesYesYesYes
Threat N#
(Mode S)
NoYesYesYesYes
Host Aircraft MSLYesYesYesYesYes
Threat Aircraft MSLNoYesYesYesYes
Altitude AlertingNoYesYesYesYes
Yoke Mount MuteYesYesYesYesYes
Remote Annunciator LightYesYesYesYesYes