[Note: This is the third part of a series on buying and upgrading an airplane. If you haven’t already, check out Part 1 and Part 2.]
There was nothing wrong with our avionics panel setup.
When we bought our Cessna 182Q, the avionics were a major factor in why we bought that particular plane. The highlight of the panel was that it was equipped with dual Garmin GTN 430Ws, and an HSI — everything an instrument-rated pilot needs to fly in the modern IFR system, and then some.
The panel itself was backed with 80s-style faux wood — while it was a little dated and ugly, it was totally functional.
So, when we bought the plane, we didn’t have any plans to change anything inside. We knew we’d need a paint job sooner rather than later, so that was our priority.
But then the problems started.