Discussion in 'Sponsor Showcase' started by Jeev, Sep 20, 2018.
KASG in AR... going to make a nice 1020nm x country out of it
Pix please if they allow? Nice to see where my AP was born....
The STC Group has completed its application to add the PA32s (all, except T-Tail) to its Trio ProPilot Approved Model List and will be submitting within a few days to the Chicago ACO. Expect cost to be $6,250 or thereabouts with 30 or so hours to install by any competent shop.
The STC Group has completed its paperwork to add the PA32s (all, except T-Tails) to the AML. There was a delay since the PA32 design did not work well with the PA32. The test prototype, a 1974 PA32-300, flew just fine with very normal gain settings. As for Trios in 182s, there are about 80 to 100 flying with very satisfied users. There are a handful of 182s that have required inordinately high gain settings. The Designated Engineering Rep attributes most of these to specific aircraft issues. (For example, one plane that had seemingly inscrutable issues was found to have an "epic" damage history -- like a complete new wing and a couple of major empennage crunches so query how "normal" its control pulleys, angles, etc., are.)
The Trio PA32s should be available by the end 1st Qtr 2019.
The Garmin GFC 500 starts at $6,995 + install and someone is quoting the TruTrak at $7,250 + install. Since I already have dual G5's, I'm not sure how the TruTrak will be double in my case (PA-32-300). Am I missing something?
The quote in this thread for the Trutrak is $7250 INCLUDING installation....
Exactly right. Roughly the same cost for just the parts for the GFC500 compared to the out-the-door price for the TruTrak.
Roger. Thanks for clarifying! Maybe I should have read the subject of this thread?
We have done dozens of installations of Trio Pro Pilot autopilots, both in the pre-STC design stage and in customer installations. Our installation is about as straightforward as possible and we tell customers to plan on about 30 to 40 hours to install, test and complete the paperwork. It only takes a day to install the servos; the time is sucked up in the pre-installation tests (pitot/static, rigging free and correct), panel, the interior, testing pitot/static and testing functionality. We have been informed by reliable sources that the Garmin GFC 500 is a very time-consuming job which must be done at a Garmin authorized dealer. We don't know how many shop hours constitutes "time consuming" but guess that it must be 45 or 50 hours, minimum, to install (at a Garmin dealer rate) since the GFC500 uses capstans that are not a simple installation. Additionally, most potential buyers need the two G5s (more installation labor) and, doing the math, that pushes the "package" to about $20,000.
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