October 2016 Issue
Buying Used Avionics: Plan For Refurb Work
Installing used avionics and instruments could make sense for some, but consider testing fees, flat-rate repairs and installation hardware when shopping.
If you thought even a modest new avionics upgrade was in the budget, but proposals are proving otherwise, plan B might be buying used equipment. While this isn’t a bad plan, a hasty buying decision might end up costing more in the long run. This is especially true when buying complex instruments and avionics that require factory service. Worse is buying equipment, having it installed and paying for troubleshooting when it doesn’t work. In this article, we’ll take a look at the current used avionics market, the potential costs of pricey factory service and some common traps to avoid at any cost. We can’t cover all equipment, but we’ll look at some that may cause problems.
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