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Old 06-04-2021, 10:01 AM
JDBoston JDBoston is offline
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Default Dealers / Pricing

I am at the stage where I am starting to look into pricing on Garmin avionics (G3X), also Dynon but mostly Garmin right now.

Because of the control that Garmin has with regards to minimum advertised price, etc it is tough to comparison shop. Note, this is for the components rather than a fully built panel.

For the many people that have done this before me, when you went to shop for avionics did you find it worthwhile, or did you find basically the same prices across the board and you just chose a dealer based on service, etc? Who did you end up buying your avionics from?

And just to clarify, Stein is amazing, and if that’s the answer for a la carte purchasing then so be it, but I am looking more for price comparison shopping.

Status: Tail mostly complete, Wings complete(ish), Working on: Fuselage Kit, Finish kit on order (EXP119)

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Old 06-04-2021, 10:02 AM
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Just went to steinair...highly recommended...
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Old 06-04-2021, 10:42 AM
Dan B Dan B is offline
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I highly recommend Steinair.
Dan Burdette
RV-9A, IO-320
Skyview, Garmin GTN750xi, TT Gemini AP
Guthrie-Edmond Rgnl, OK (KGOK)
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:11 AM
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I bought my Garmin equipment as well as other panel components from Aerotronics, and had them CNC cut my panel for me as well. I highly recommend then. They are a VAF advertiser as well.

Dave Macdonald

RV-10 First Flight April 1, 2020. Phase 1 Complete
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:24 AM
ty1295 ty1295 is offline
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Most manufacturers have a minimum advertised price. On the surface this sounds bad, but it keeps someone from undercutting every dealer on price, and provide zero technical background to the sales.

I can tell you the markup isn't big enough to get rich by any means. Buy based on who you think will provide the best after sales support for you.
Jeff Scott
RV9A First Flight 9/30/19
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:52 AM
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Default Avionics Systems

^^ ^^ ^^ ^^

Highly recommend Avionics Systems, they've done 2 of my panels, and about to start a 3rd.

And they also did the work for Mike Patey (Scrappy).
Brian Decker
RV-7 (Flying)
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Old 06-04-2021, 12:25 PM
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For the last two panels I purchased the components as a “bundle” from Stein. Total cost was better than other places.

Each set was:
- Dual SkyView HDX displays
- Garmin GTN-650 (the lesser evil of the TSO GPS navigators)
- Two axis SkyVIew autopilot
- SkyView XPDR
- Dynon radio (COMM #2)
- SkyView ADS-B receiver
- SkyView ARINC
- PS Engineering PDA360EX Audio Panel
- SkyView Knob and Autopilot modules

No clue about what deal you can get if you go Garmin - but sure worth a call to Stein to ask.

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Old 06-04-2021, 12:59 PM
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send them all your list for quote. The discount on big G is not great, but it's not zero. I did Stein, Spruce, and Sarasota.
I found some differences. Some of my choice was based on the sales tax side of things and shipping. I still split it up a bit, but they held the discount. I just finished my last big ticket item since FL is enacting web sales tax in July. Saved $700 or so just on that.

Sarasota Avionics has web tool to help spec out the G3X system pieces. They will help fill in any gaps you might have missed once you submit for the quote.
Mike W
Venice, FL
RV-6A. Mattituck TMX O-360, FP, GRT Sport EFIS, L3 Lynx NGT-9000
N184WM reserved (RV-8)....finishing kit in progress. Titan IOX-370
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Old 06-04-2021, 01:08 PM
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Old 06-04-2021, 02:38 PM
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After the sale service and the readily available tech advice is more important than shopping price alone. You can not go wrong with Steinair.
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