That quote represents a huge discount on labor, plus a very good price on the avionics package. The radios / GPS alone was over 30K.No, it is not "reasonable". It's probably about the going rate for that work (I really don't know), but it is not "reasonable".
The factory states 100 hours for the basic kit wiring. 250 hours for the installation of our complete package. Those are real numbers, for the complete install, plus custom water-jet cut panel, powder coating and laser labeling.275 hours = almost two months straight of full eight hour days, in all fairness, I've no real clue but that seems highly unlikely to me in spite of the obvious complexity of the installation. Would be one beautiful set up none the less.
I expected that you had or in the process of doing your homework on that install, no one I know of would just drops that amount of cash on some company's good word.The factory states 100 hours for the basic kit wiring. 250 hours for the installation of our complete package. Those are real numbers, for the complete install, plus custom water-jet cut panel, powder coating and laser labeling.
If he's spending that kind of money, another $1k or so for a Dynon D2 gives you full (albeit GPS-derived) attitude, altitude, track, and groundspeed with an internal backup battery. Under $2k gets you a GRT mini with full ADHARS, synthetic vision, and all the rest--again, with a backup battery.If those two screen go black in IMC, what is your attitude reference? Spend $150 more for a DC-operated turn needle.
That begs the question...what is the ROI of any homebuilt? Can you recoup your expenses? Probably not labor, but the basic airframe should hold its value.The sad part is that 46Gs will be worth 9K in ten years. A quote from a friend,"the panel dates your plane." He has a nice Dynon setup only 5 years old, looking to repanel. One of the reasons he built his RV7 was to have an up to date panel from his RV8 instead of updating, along with side by side so his wife would be more happy. He was looking at building another last year, but came to his senses. Another friend with an RV8 grounded his plane to put a paint job on it because it flew for 5 years just in raw aluminum. He decided to do the panel over. It has been down for 8 years now and he is on his second panel upgrade since he stopped flying it. The RV guys have wiring harnesses made, more than one cottage industry out there, have the panel CNC cut and it makes it plug and play.