I flew about 4 hours this Saturday and it felt good to be back in the air. It is hard to separate the impact of each of the upgrades, but flying the G3X, 750Xi and the GFC 500 A/P together is impressive. The availability of information and intuitive flow is excellent. One thing I noticed is that I never even glanced at my iPad. All the information was in front of me in the panel.
The A/P flight envelope protection features are a great improvement. The KFC 225 was a great A/P but the stability of the GFC500 is better and the integration with the other avionics is much improved. There were a few times I said "what the heck is the A/P doing now" but by the 4th approach, I had it down. Flying victor airways is great as is selecting and flying holds at any fix. I also appreciate how it picks up the glide path and flies the missed approach so seamlessly. One other nice benefit is the gain in useful load of 30 lbs.
Only a few bugs left from the install. Main one being my right fuel indicator Is not working properly. Also need to add lean assist option to engine monitoring.
I feel lucky that I was able to do this at my home field (KPLR) and can wholeheartedly recommend Holder Aviation. He may not be the cheapest or the fastest but he did very good work and was easy to work with, even through the pandemic. The installation was very clean and professional. Notice the updated circuit breaker panel in the pics above. Small detail I know, but reverse engraving a new panel makes for a new looking panel. I am amazed at the amount of detailed work that was required to get this upgrade done and how few bugs there are to report.
I am wondering how this upgrade impacts value. None of this equipment is listed on Vref yet. Personally, I think it was a great value in terms of what it cost for what I got, and hopefully translating into value of the plane (although I don't plan on selling anytime soon). Hopefully these upgrades will keep 51K in the air for the next 20 years. Next will be an engine replace/rebuild but hope to put that off a few more years.
Any questions, let me know. Appreciate the support of this community.