PIREP - Stark AvionicsNumerous of you, I appreciate pireps from those with knowledge about shops you have (positive or negative) and want to pass on my experience for your deliberation over others also. After a so-so experience after a recent avionics install, I found myself seeking an alternate avenue for your setting up a fresh transponder for ADS-B compliance. I called two local shops first. The expense of one was so high i actually busted out laughing on the phone just as if I were with a comedy bar. He was apparently significantly less amused because i. I was telling the tale of my local quote to a friend with the airport and that he recommended that I call John Stark at Stark Avionics for any quote. In doing my due diligence before calling John, I browsed Mooneyspace and BT for pireps on the shop. In doing so, I ran across an absolutely terrible pirep on Stark Avionics. (Search in BT if you'd like to learn it). This pirep caused me serious concern about if you should call Stark to get a quote.
I posted a general query for tips on an avionics shop and received another recommendation for Stark from another MSer (Oldguy). He and that i spoke in reference to his experience with Stark and that i chose to give John a trip depending on the two recommendations I caused by trusted sources. I was open with John regarding my concerns amongst the negative pirep on MS has I became gun shy based on the previous experience. As they always say, there are two sides to every single story and John took his time for it to explain his side if you ask me at all like me certain he will be prepared to do with anyone else who would like to phone him constantly in that regard. Our conversation shifted from the pirep to pricing. John i discussed different equipment options, what would be perfect for my needs/wants and the one-time fee installed price per option. We ultimately decided to install the Stratus ESGi for ADS-B in/out. John quoted us a soft price, but was beforehand that this number could be slightly higher if the tray was riveted in (as many Mooneys are). I went along to manchester international that night, took pictures and confirmed that my trays were placed on screws and forwarded those pictures to John. John responded in a really timely manner and confirmed the flat rate price to the equipment and install on paper so we scheduled the install date and pickup date. The plane would have been to be dropped off the Sunday after Thanksgiving. John said however have everything ready by Tuesday, however opted to schedule the pickup for Wednesday in case there was some snags along the way.
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