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Stratus ESG Install

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Hello,  with the 2020 deadline approaching I was looking to get the ADS-B out.  Is this cost breakdown reasonable?

 

Unit cost is $2495

Antenna depending on which one expect around $500 - $600

Installation labor around 32 hours @ $95 = $3040

Encoder if you need a new one $400

Misc parts $200

Transponder test $250

Altimeter test $250

Estimated total  $7235

 

Seems to be pretty expensive seeing how this is being forced upon us....is there a cheaper way to pay to play.....Thoughts?  Currently have a Bendix/King KT 76C.

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Labor seems high, from what I have seen. Are those figures from a shop or just your rough estimates? And the Stratus ESG package should include an antenna. Those numbers look to be more in the GTX 345 range from what I have been reading. Even last year, the GTX 345 was reportedly being installed for around $6,500.

What is your current transponder/panel setup? Any WAAS GPS in the mix?

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That was from a shop in Oklahoma.  I currently have a KT 76C.  I would be looking for the cheapest solution.  The plane is worth like 60K and this would represent like 10% the value of the plane.  

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I considered it, but in the end I found that for about the same price I could get a GDL-82 and comply.  The clincher was when I stopped at a vendor at Oshkosh and got both a new GDL-82 AND a GTX-327 (used with an 8130) for the same price.  I'll be getting an install to replace a KT-76a  thinking the whole works should come in about 3amu. 

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Aerobat- you don't have to go through an avionics shop.  There are inexpensive UAT solutions that your A&P/IA can install at your next annual, probably for about 10-15 hours of labor, less if you're willing to remove and install your interior yourself.  Even Garmin has a UAT out solution that they'll sell outside of the dealer network.

And a new transponder/altimeter check shouldn't be required, since it's an electrical connection, not pneumatic.  And a decent avionics shop would just roll that into the overall quote.

The problem is finding an IA that likes doing electrical work and has the time to work with you.

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Tailwind avionics did did my ESG install in November 2017.

ESI kit with stratus ADSB in $2,695.31

Labor 18 hours $1530.00 to remove Narco AT150,  Install Transponder and Stratus receiver,  Waas from my 430W.

Hardware $12.13

Shipping $20.00

North Carolina rip off tax on labor and parts $182.75

$4,440.19

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I would think just fine....the Nav lights currently do ok....Seems to be the cheapest solution for someone without WAAS.

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I am having the Stratus ES and 2i installed right now in my 67 M20F.  I will let you know the total cost after it is completed.  I chose the ES as I have a Garmin 430W so I did not need another antenna and the 2i because I only have one plane.  FYI Sugar Land avionics quoted my $5000 for just the ES and not including the 2i.

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I’ve done two ESG installs (with GPS and 2i), one in my Citabria and the other in my son’s Cherokee Warrior.  The equipment cost was $3,500 and labor was $1,000.  These were done by different shops and the cost was almost identical.  Lee

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