Avionics Report

August 2013 Issue

Avionics Warranties: Worth The Investment

Extended-warranty plans for integrated avionics could pay off in a single repair. Read the fine print before you sign the contract.

If you’ve paid for repairs on modern avionics—especially glass cockpit components—you might have wished you bought the manufacturer’s extended warranty plan. That’s because in many cases, the cost of the plan could pay for itself during one trip to the shop. It can also reduce downtime and entitle you to no-charge loaner equipment. Now that the fleet of glass cockpit aircraft is aging (some models are older than 10 years), we’re seeing more frequent failures of expensive avionics components. That makes it easier for us to recommend buying an extended warranty. Here’s a report on what’s available from three major avionics manufacturers.

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