Avionics News September 2016 - 4

Installation labor and
investing in the future

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f you are anything like most avionics shops these
Did your air conditioner go out this summer? Again,
days, you have certainly noticed things are getting I'm guessing that service call was another $100 or
busy. You have probably seen during the past year
more. Need an electrician? How about a lawyer? I think
or so that your lead time to schedule bigger avionics
you will agree that the price for avionics installation
jobs has stretched from one month, to two months to
work has been about the best deal in town.
three months or more. And if you're not quite there
Why is that? It's difficult to say just how it came
yet, you soon will.
to be this way. Could it have been the challenges
Aircraft owners are busy organizing their thoughts
the industry faced in 2008? Or could it be that we
for avionics upgrades, both big and
simply enjoy the work that we do too much
small. With the upcoming requirement
to charge more?
for ADS-B Out at the end of 2019,
As I said at the beginning, things are
many are choosing to make other
getting busy. Although some customers may
avionics improvements at the same
be accustomed to your low labor rate, now
time. The pragmatic aircraft owner
is the time for our industry to make avionics
will want nothing short of the highestinstallation labor prices suitable for the
quality installation. This is where you
technical service we are providing and the
as an avionics shop come in.
investments we have made. As responsible
Jim Alpiser
Quality avionics installations are
business owners, it's an even better time
an investment. Aircraft owners want
to make prudent adjustments in those labor
it done right the first time and for the installation
prices and reinvest in the future. More training,
to last service free for a long time. Working in the
facility improvements, new test equipment, and the
avionics industry requires an incredible amount of
list goes on.
knowledge and infrastructure. You've invested in
Use this opportunity we have in front of us to charge
education, training, facilities, test equipment, tools
a suitable price for quality installation labor. As we
and insurance. And the list goes on.
extend into the future and demand changes again, let's
From my vantage point, working in the avionics
maintain a suitable labor price despite pressures or
industry is one of the most technically challenging
temptations, and continue to reinvest for tomorrow. q
endeavors out there. So how do our professional
service prices compare to other industries? You might
be surprised.
Take a look around. When was the last time you hired JIM ALPISER
a plumber to do some work for you? I'm guessing you
Director, Aviation Aftermarket Sales, Garmin
spent more than $100 for less than an hour of their time. Olathe, Kansas

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