New avionics on the way!

Well I bit the bullet and signed the bottom line. Hi-Jacked is getting some much needed avionics upgrades. Used Garmin GNS430, New Stratus ESG transponder, Stratus Power USB Port, Garmin GMA-240 audio panel, and Dual G5’s.......scheduled into Saint Aviation March 6th. $15,200.00
What a relief, I’m really tired of pondering over this and that avionics.... what a mental drain! Here is the BEFORE, Can’t wait to post the after......

Rich Denton
President
EAA Chapter 175

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  • edited January 14

    Fantastico!! I'm sorry happy for you! :) (and sorry about the checkbook!) Are you removing the vacuum system? It's a 30 pound gain in useful load!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

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  • Yes sir Scott, vacuum system will be gone!

    Rich Denton
    President
    EAA Chapter 175

  • Fanstico, Rich!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • I bit the bullet late last year. NO regrets! Safer flying.

  • I also installed dual G5’s

  • edited January 15

    Those G-5's may wind up being among the most popular and successful products ever launched in GA!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • One caveat...The G5 requires two (2) RS-232 ports and my GNS 530W has only one port available after the GDL 88D and FS 210 so I can't see ADS-B traffic on it (GNS 530W) now although the FS 210 provides traffic on my iPad mini. I don't know if the GTN series has more RS-232 ports or not.

    Jim Torley
    CFI-A/I/G
    1969 Arrow 200
    Based at KFLY (Colorado Springs, CO)

  • Hi Jim,
    sounds similar to my Arrow. I have an Aspen 1000 with Foreflight on my mini. I don't put ads-b on my Aspen (I don't know if I can) because there's already enough on that screen so I put traffic and weather on my Foreflight and Avidyne 540 from my Garmin 345 transponder.

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • I have the Sentry feeding traffic and weather to ForeFlight on my yoke mounted I-pad!

    Rich Denton
    President
    EAA Chapter 175

  • Thanks Rich,
    Make sure you post pics when done. :) We all love seeing other pilots spend money, lol. :)

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • That is great news! you'll love that new panel. got get some rest now that is all over.
    Congrats!

  • edited April 22

    Well March 6th has come and gone! I thought I was set on the Avionics package....... but I changed it up again. While I was waiting for my PPL check ride that kept getting pushed back a few times, I missed my slot in the Avionics shop. The good news is I passed my check ride, and changed my mind on avionics. :'( So I just got the ADSB installed last week so I made the deadline for my rebate. I sold the used 430 non WAAS and found a used 430W and decided to go with the Stratus ES to save a few dollars and found a used PS Engineering audio panel. They had to remake some of the harness that cost me more $ but it was my fault I changed my mind. I can’t say enough good about Saint Aviation in Dunnellon, FL. They have bent over backwards to help me out in this process. They installed my ADSB transponder while I waited so I wouldn’t miss the deadline for my rebate. I highly recommended them to anyone asking. Hopefully my plane will be back in their shop in the next couple of weeks to get the rest of the work done.

    They also offered me a deal for the Tru Trak auto pilot installed for $7,200.00 cant swing it this year but maybe next!

    Rich Denton
    President
    EAA Chapter 175

  • What would be your GPS source for the Tru Trak autopilot?

  • Excellent, Rich. And congrats on the Private license! :)

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • The TruTrak interfaces quite nicely with the 430W. Only three wires!

    Regards,

    Mike

  • I wish I could afford the TruTrak now but it will have to wait a while...... my Bride is still trying to get over the shock of my must have avionics upgrades!!! Maybe autopilot next year....... :D :D :D

    Rich Denton
    President
    EAA Chapter 175

  • Kentwkalb I am having a 430W installed, when I can afford it that will drive the TruTrak

    Rich Denton
    President
    EAA Chapter 175

  • Ok. I’m considering the same. Thanks

  • Well after not getting my plane into the shop on March 6th and life set backs and then sun n fun....... I am happy to finally report I picked my plane up from the shop today
    The old panel!

    And the new!!!! FINALLY

    Rich Denton
    President
    EAA Chapter 175

  • I was on a path to the TruTrak/Avidyne solution but Garmin's release of the GNX 375 changed my entire panel plan. Neither TruTrak nor Trio are approved for use with the 375 (with no approval date in sight) and I couldn't turn my back on almost $12k in savings. The nice thing about the TruTrak (I'm not that familiar with the Trio) is that you can drive it with many hand held GPS units (e.g., a Garmin Aera) that many owners already have. And you can upload flight plans from ForeFlight or AOPA Flight Planner (and probably others) via the micro SD card.

  • Just installed a Garmin 375; I have a lot to learn (Info book is 244 pages). After my first few flights I still prefer my 430W coupled to my 345, hopefully after the $9,000grand upgrade i’ll grow to love my 375.

  • I never used a 430 so, perhaps, I'll be spared some of the frustration you're experiencing. Is there anything with the 375 so far that you really dislike? I've been using the iPad simulator for the 375 off-and-on for about 2 months and it's gradually become less foreign each time I open it. The menus are very similar to my Aera 510 (which is another reason I went with that unit) and it will be panel mounted on the co-pilot's side.

    The pilot's manuals for virtually everything have become (almost) a joke. No one can absorb that much material much less have the instant recall required to put it into action. They must be letting the attorneys have a free hand with the documentation these days.

  • The 375 will not play on the 430 nor will it Bluetooth ForeFlight. My first few flights were in turbulence: entering anything under those conditions is beyond my skill level so far. Still learning so I hope things become more clear.

  • Congrats on the avionics upgrade. My guess is that in a month or two you'll wonder how you ever got along without the 375. Garmin makes good stuff!

    Scott Sherer
    Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
    Aviation Director, Piper Owner Society Forum Moderator and Pipers Author.

    Need help? Let me know!

  • My avionics guy told me that - at that price point - there would be limited connectivity to other hardware so the 430 issue doesn't surprise me. The ForeFlight is a "biggie" and one of the reasons it made it so attractive (since it was a $1500 upgrade to the 650). I have heard many stories about new GPS units not initially recognizing other devices via Bluetooth. Good luck getting that resolved. When you do, please post how you got it working (or if there is something special in those 244 pages that we need to pay attention to). Thanks

  • P.S. That's one of the reasons why I liked the Avidyne 440 with the choice of knobs and touchscreen. In the end, I think the Garmin panel will make my plane more marketable when it's time to sell (or take on a partner) and will also help me sell it more quickly.

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