October 2012 Issue
Glass Panel Upkeep: Inspections, Software
Maintaining glass panels means complying with FAR inspections, upgrading software and swapping pricey sensors. Consider an extended warranty.
While stepping up to a glass panel may appear to offer lower maintenance bills and downtime, its just as likely that when the all-in cost of ownership is added upincluding data revisionsglass could cost more than a well-kept steam gauge panel. Glass ownership is fraught with unexpected costs that many owners seem unprepared for. Routine costs might include optional upgrades, which offer system improvements and additional features. Some of these are free through manufacturer-provided software downloads, but cost several hours of billable shop labor to perform. For aging systems, some repairs could run thousands of dollars, especially if you havent purchased an extended warranty. In this article, well take a look at some of the maintenance issues you might expect with glass panel ownership.
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