Avionics Report

May 1999 Issue

Good Money After Bad

It doesn’t always make sense to nurse along your ancient radios. Here’s how to separate the keepers from the junk.

Like most owners, you’ve probably upgraded your airplane a little at time. Maybe the interior of your 1978 Skylane isn’t leather but you’ve at least traded that faded leisure-suit green for a smart looking shade of gray. A couple of years ago, you had that weathered paint bead blasted off and replaced with an “almost new” Cessna color scheme.

But what about the avionics? Still nursing those circa 1970s radios and that old single-axis autopilot that works most of the time but has a quirky habit of rolling the airplane into a 20-degree bank with little warning? Your shop has chased the bug, replaced a few components but still, the problem persists.

Many owners hang onto old radios fo...

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