C172 Panel upgrade list…look good?

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by Brian Dilse, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Stoutflier

    Stoutflier Filing Flight Plan

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    Little late to the conversation, but I'm in the same boat.

    I fly Airbus's to pay for my real passion. I own a 172M that I purchased from a doting owner about 4 years ago. I initially "upgraded" the original avionics to an old-school package consisting of a pair of KX-155's (one w/glide slope), a new Garmin Audio panel, a new SigmaTek A/I and D/G, and I threw away the NDB. I also replaced the starter, vacuum pump, and ignition harness, and installed fine-wire spark plugs. Finally, I replaced the voltage regulator.

    Just last week, I started the new phase of avionics upgrades to my incredibly trusty and solid aircraft. I installed a G5 attitude indicator along with a SkyBeacon ADSB-out Nav light/strobe. I also installed a carb temp gauge that I got off a guy doing an upgrade in the hangar (HUUUUGE bang for the buck investment)! You would be amazed and alarmed at how many times you are flying around in potential carb icing conditions.

    Next, I plan on completing the upgrade with a GPS and a second G5 to act as a HSI/DG. Engine monitor next.

    I haven't decided on the GPS yet (650? 750?) but suggestions are welcome. Autopilot is last; my plane flies straight as an arrow hands off.

    The point of all this is, I too looked at faster aircraft, but I just can't justify selling an aircraft that I know to be sound in order to get an unknown aircraft with slightly better performance. My 172M has taken me from Maine to Florida and back with ZERO problems. An extra couple hours over 500 miles will never cause me to give her up.
     
  2. Jesse Saint

    Jesse Saint Pre-takeoff checklist

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    Let’s see a couple of options:
    Avidyne IFD540 w/ ads-b transponder $12,500
    G5’s or Aspen E5 $5,000
    TruTrak auto pilot $5,000
    EI CGR-30 Combo $5,600
    PAR200 audio panel + com $2,500
    Harnesses $1,500
    Installation $7,500
    Total = $39,600 covers all your needs

    Avidyne IFD440 $10,000
    PAR200 audio panel + com $2500
    Dynon SkyView single screen system $20,000
    Harnesses $1,500
    Installation $7,500
    Total = $41,500 covers all your needs with modern glass
    Note Skyview system includes 10” touch EFIS with synthetic vision, moving map, ADS-B in and out, full engine monitor, full featured auto pilot, backup EFIS, backup batteries on both EFISes.

    Both options way below your stated budget and WAY more than you expected.
     
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  3. thomasdr72

    thomasdr72 Pre-takeoff checklist

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    GMA-340 with Custom Harness kit $1760
    GTX-335 Promo bundle $3600
    GTN-650 $12k
    Dual G-5s $5k
    GFC 500 Autopilot $12k
    --Sell your old stuff on ebay and install a flight stream 510.

    Now you are better equipped than 90% of the planes in the sky...
     
  4. murphey

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    Go for the 345 to display ads-b on the 650.
     
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  5. ThereByAir

    ThereByAir Pre-Flight

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    I'm not sure if it's already been suggested, but check out what Dynon has to offer for a 172. They have some great avionics products including an autopilot certified for 172, and the pricing is really good!