AOPA Pilot Magazine - June 2021 - 84

P&E 

AVIONICS

Tell the shop what you
want to do, see if they'll
work with you, and get
their advice on how to
proceed.
rack, panel space, approvals, software,
and more must all work. If they don't, the
hard work begins. The shop must find and
install the items required to integrate the
new unit, and that can take time, assuming the parts can be found at all.
For this reason some shops will flatly
deny a request to install used equipment,
and most others will require a modest fee
beyond the unit's purchase price to accommodate the request. Yes, a small part of it
covers the margin the shop would usually
make on new gear, but it's also for the shop
time required to bench-test the unit, work
through problems, update software, and
possibly source components.
Beaver gives an example of a display
that requires a very specific wire. That's
something an owner wouldn't necessarily know when they look for a used piece
of equipment. If the airplane doesn't have
it, the shop must build a new harness.
It's why an owner must work with a
shop before buying anything. Tell them
what you want to do, see if they'll work
with you, and get their advice on how to
proceed. " Try to make it a collaborative
process with the shop and do it before
you buy it, " Beaver said.
The Bedells do a lot of research before
they purchase anything. In addition to the
Garmins, in the mid 2000s they purchased
or were gifted old Narco radios. They
know the radios won't last forever, but
a back-up radio can offer valuable parts,
and equipment from past generations is more likely to succeed as a
slide-in replacement. Even then, their
process hasn't been without hiccups.
They swapped out an original Cessna
radio with a slightly newer Narco, only to
later discover the problem was elsewhere
in the panel. As potential issues with used
avionics go, that's a pretty good run. AOPA
EMAIL ian.twombly@aopa.org

84 | AOPA PILOT June 2021

MAKING DEALS
Where do used avionics
come from?
Search only a few minutes for
used avionics on eBay and
FTWAvionics comes up again
and again. Ronnie Bierman
started the online retailer
in 2010, and despite having
hundreds of current listings
on the auction site, eBay
makes up only about
10 percent of his sales. The
rest come from aviation
trades. Bierman sells about
$2 million a year in used
avionics. Most of his stock
comes from junkyards, and
occasionally from install
shops. Although more often
shops are his buyers.
Autopilot servos, transponders, and multifunction
displays are the constant
high-churn items. It's even
possible to score Garmin
GTN 650s and 750s from
FTWAvionics, but those
products command a
premium. A recent eBay
search turned up some
interesting offerings:

Garmin GNS
$9,950
530W
King KT
76A

$695

Aerosonic
101420
altimeter

$550

King KLN
90B

$1,195

King KDF
805 ADF

$150

Narco VMA15 marker
beacon

$1,095


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