Avionics Report

September 2000 Issue

A Good Soaking

That’s what’s likely to happen if you don’t conduct a thorough avionics pre-buy on a used airplane. Here’s what to look for.

[IMGCAP(1)] My telephone rang early one Monday morning. It was a friend who wanted to share some news and ask for advice. After months of searching and disappointment, he had finally found what he described as a “cherry, reasonable time and well-equipped early-model Saratoga.”

Not having seen the aircraft in person yet, he was making judgments from afar, relying on the broker’s spec sheet and the craftily written ad in Trade-A-Plane.

I could sense his excitement and dreaded the thought of bursting his bubble over an avionics issue. He wanted to “verify” that the avionics were making the deal even sweeter. Before I could finish my first question he answered, “it has a full stack...

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