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UPGRADING

PANELS IN AN AGE OF MANDATES
S T O R Y

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D A V E

ardly a pilot exists who hasn't, however
briefly, coveted a panel made over to fit their
particular flying inclinations. And the older
the aircraft - or the older the panel - the stronger those
upgrade urges often run.
With today's cars and trucks increasingly sporting
digital instrumentation, LED navigation screens, even
internet and wireless-phone
capabilities, it's not surprising that so many pilots want
equally modern aircraft
panels.
But if you randomly pick
an aircraft on the ramp, in all
likelihood its panel hails from
the era of transistor-based
VHF communication and
navigation radios, six analog
flight instruments and even
useless gear no longer viable
- like Loran C or a decreasingly useful ADF.
Modernizing, however, can command a steep price,
a hurdle for many owners of airplanes with residual
values in the lower half of the five-figure range -

H I G D O N

$20,000 to $50,000. But the incentives remain - old
radios now hard to repair and ever fewer spare parts.
And anything more than 20 years of age likely doesn't
include an IFR GPS.
Repairing or replacing old analog instruments
is a growing challenge, and the costs of maintaining functional spinning-mass gyro instruments and
related systems won't get
any cheaper. While arguably
costly up front, the financial
payback for upgrading the
panel to new, 21st century
gear is equally arguable as a
better bet long-term. A panel
upgrade can even increase an
aircraft's useful load - as well
as its market value.
So, what's a pilot to do?
Consult with their avionics
shop technicians or owners - shop ... and make a
plan to upgrade to the panel
best suited to the pilot's particular flying needs, on an
affordable upgrade schedule, even if it takes multiple
shop visits.

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OR ALL-AT-ONCE
FULL-MAKEOVER -

ALL NEED
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PLANNING

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