PIREP - Stark AvionicsAs many person, I appreciate pireps from those with experience with shops you employ (positive or negative) and want to give my experience for your deliberation over others at the same time. After a so-so experience after a recent avionics install, I discovered myself looking for the best alternate avenue for the setting up a fresh transponder for ADS-B compliance. I called two local shops first. The tariff of one was very high that I actually busted out laughing on the phone as if I were at a comedy bar. He was apparently less amused while i. I was telling the story of my local quote with a friend on the airport and that he recommended that I call John Stark at Stark Avionics to get a quote. In doing my homework ahead of calling John, I browsed Mooneyspace and BT for pireps for the shop. In the process, I discovered an absolutely terrible pirep on Stark Avionics. (Search in BT if you'd like to learn it). This pirep caused me serious worry about if they should call Stark for the quote.
I posted an overall query for tips about an avionics shop and received another recommendation for Stark from another MSer (Oldguy). He and I spoke regarding his knowledge of Stark i made a decision to give John a trip based on the two recommendations I coming from trusted sources. I was open with John regarding my concerns relating to the negative pirep on MS cheap I had been gun shy using the previous experience. As they always say, there are 2 sides to each story and John took his time for it to explain his side in my opinion as I am certain are experts in willing to apply someone else who would like to phone him in that regard. Our conversation shifted in the pirep to pricing. John and i also discussed different equipment options, what would work best with my needs/wants and also the flat fee installed price for each option. We ultimately made a decision to install the Stratus ESGi for ADS-B in/out. John quoted me a soft price, but was in advance that the number could possibly be slightly higher if your tray was riveted in (as many Mooneys are). I attended the airport that night, took pictures and confirmed that my trays were placed on screws and forwarded those pictures to John. John responded in an exceedingly timely manner and confirmed the flat rate price to the equipment and install in some recoverable format and now we scheduled the install date and pickup date. The plane ended up being be delivered the Sunday after Thanksgiving. John said although have everything ready by Tuesday, however i opted to schedule the pickup for Wednesday just in case there were some snags on the way.
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