Avionics News March 2018 - 62

industry

IS THERE

PROFIT
IN A PANEL
UPGRADE?
As much as we'd like to say yes, when
you get right down to it, there are a lot
of factors to consider when you try to
determine how much added green you'll
get from your shiny new black boxes.

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ike most aviation enthusiasts, I am a huge
fan of the various car refurbishing shows.
Being a classic car guy, I live vicariously though the
shop technicians as they turn a rusted hulk into a
better-than-new showpiece that sells for lots of cash.
But aircraft owners frequently ask, "Does that
same type of frame-off restoration pay big dividends on an airplane?" Well, yes and probably not.
Yes, if you happen to have any World War II-era
P-something in your possession. Drop $2 million on
the project and you're likely to double your money.
There's always someone willing to go big to get his
or her hands on a pristine warbird.
Probably not, if you're talking about refurbishing
anything else that's rolled out of post-war Wichita,
Lock Haven, Kerrville or Vero Beach. It's not that
these wonderful aircraft aren't worth saving - they
certainly are! And they're worth every penny it
costs to fix them. But in most cases, a project like
this is best done out of love.
You can update the paint, interior, engine and avionics and have a restored airplane for a fraction the price
of a factory-new model, if they even make them any-



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