PIREP - Stark AvionicsAs much people, I appreciate pireps from those with knowledge about shops you have (bad or good) and love to pass on my experience for the thought on others also. After a so-so experience after a recent avionics install, I discovered myself looking for an alternate avenue for your installing a whole new transponder for ADS-B compliance. I called two local shops first. The cost of one was so high that I actually busted out laughing on the phone as though I were at a comedy bar. He was apparently significantly less amused because i. I was telling the story of my local quote to some friend in the airport anf the husband recommended i call John Stark at Stark Avionics to get a quote. In doing my research ahead of calling John, I browsed Mooneyspace and BT for pireps about the shop. In the process, I stumbled upon an absolutely terrible pirep on Stark Avionics. (Search in BT if you would like you just read it). This pirep caused me serious worry about if they should call Stark for the quote.
I posted an over-all query for suggestions about an avionics shop and received another recommendation for Stark from another MSer (Oldguy). He i spoke regarding his experience with Stark and i also chose to give John an appointment based on the two recommendations I received from trusted sources. I was open with John regarding my concerns relating to the negative pirep on MS and the fact that I became gun shy in line with the previous experience. As they always say, there's two sides to each story and John took his time for you to explain his side if you ask me as I am certain he'll be prepared to apply other people who want to call him up in that way. Our conversation shifted from the pirep to pricing. John and that i discussed different equipment options, what would be perfect for my needs/wants along with the one-time fee installed price for each and every option. We ultimately made a decision to install the Stratus ESGi for ADS-B in/out. John quoted me a soft price, but was up front that this number might be slightly higher in the event the tray was riveted in (as numerous Mooneys are). I went to manchester airport that night, took pictures and confirmed that my trays were that come with screws and forwarded those pictures to John. John responded in a very timely manner and confirmed the flat rate price to the equipment and install on paper and now we scheduled the install date and pickup date. The plane was to be delivered the Sunday after Thanksgiving. John said he would have everything ready by Tuesday, however opted to schedule the pickup for Wednesday just in case there were some snags in the process.
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