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Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by Groundpounder, Apr 18, 2019.
What's the name of the shop and at which airport is it located?
They are either goin to eat a lot of labor or surprise you at the end.
thats too good to be true
My club recently got a GTN 650, G5 HSI, G5 PFD, and GTX 345 all installed in our Cherokee 180 for $28,300. We also got a few obsolete odds and ends removed from the panel, as you are doing. Labor was $9,000 of that price. The shop was Flightstar at KCMI.
We don't have an autopilot, so there wasn't any cost associated with hooking the new stuff up to one of those.
I was quoted 21.8K. When looking at OP's quote, this seems high at $100/hr
Purchase- GTN-650, GMA-345, GI-106B CDI w/ Install Kit ($14,219)
Install Labor for above, plus move existing #1 NAV/COM to B/U #2 NAV/COM, and wire A/C with 4-place stereo/intercom ($6732)
Misc Parts ($850)
More fun.....contacted another avionics shop near me. Took him a few weeks to get back to me. Said that a G5 can't be installed as either a HSI or ADI because it can't interface with the KFC-200. I was going to try to explain to him that it can, but decided it would be better off if we avoided them.
How much was the total for installation only?. Probably making pretty much the same upgrade, good references are very helpful.
I did the same in a Mooney for 13 AMU
Finally found a shop that actually gave us a quote, knows a little about the avionics, and gave us a reasonable price. The airplane goes under the knife in October.
Airplane got dropped off October 15th. Was quoted as being done Nov 1. Won't be done until at least Nov 15th now.
I can't flippin wait till avionics shops actually have to compete for our business again.
Should be able to rebuild the entire plane in a month, not just update the panel a bit.
It's like these annuals I hear of that take a month. Are these shops only actually open on Thursdays from 11:00am until noon?
This is just one of the reasons I said "screw it" and built my own.
In addition to the labor charges, it looks like they are charging full retail plus some for the parts (example: CI 105 is $159 at Spruce, they want $208). Shipping of $180? What's that about? And as mentioned, charging extra for the pilot's guide is rich. Not sure what parts for $550, and Consumables for $650 buys you, but that's a lot of RG400 and tie wraps. IFR Certification, I would think is static and transponder, which usually runs $200 - $250 in most places.
And how many decades did that take you?
I'm happy that we bit the bullet three years ago in anticipation of the impending supply/demand factor. I don't have the exact numbers at hand, but all I can say now in retrospect is that this panel in our 1975 C206 was incredibly inexpensive.
Less than 1.
That's an astounding panel for sure!. I'd like to install a "vintage" G500 but they seldom pop-up on the used market.
I'm also about to install a Jpi830. It's all about quotes, which vary a lot it seems.
Ironically, it's a panel that I didn't actually want, as I was happy with steam gauges, but one partner really wanted the G500/synthetic vision so he bought that on his own. He has since left the partnership and been reimbursed for the current value, which is far below the actual cost of purchase and installation. I was happy to pay my share of the JPI, which I find to be a very useful upgrade to a simple EGT monitor.
I second Jesse. For this, I would fly it down to him. The next addition will be going to him for installation.
Ether they take you for a sucker, or that’s their F’ off don’t want your biz quote.
Ether way please post the shop name so we can all avoid them.
Sorry, thought I had already posted that I didn't go with this shop. I choose one that gave me a quote that was $9k less