January 2014 Issue
Instrument Upkeep: Repairing Saves Money
But a teardown overhaul from a reputable shop is often the best long-term strategy. For ancient models, upgrading makes the most sense.
Heres a common scenario: You bring your airplane to the avionics shop for its 24-month IFR pitot and static system certification and the tech says youll be wheels up in a couple of hours. Thirty minutes later while youre cooling your heels in the pilot lounge, the technician tracks you down with news you dont want to hear: Your encoding altimeter flunked the test because it has too much friction.
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