For $6500 you get a 7" Skyview with its built in GPS and EMS, and no-cost data updates (try getting that on a Garmin unit!). Use the Dynon transponder (you'll have to get one anyway, might as well use theirs) and you get ADS-B traffic and weather, at least until 2020.$6K buys the Dynon D100 EFIS, EMS, and 696. You might save some money on steam but it will not matter that much. 1-2K would be nice to keep in the pocket, but not if you will be wishing you had the other.
If its not there, it weighs nothing, cost nothing and is 100% reliable...
He also sold that plane some years back, too much gas-guzzling for a cost-concious man. I don't know how Mark convinced him to put those 29" tires on his Patrol....Doesn't Bob Barrows hand prop his 540 Bearhawk? He does not carry anything extra.
Yes, Bob sold the 540 Bearhawk. He had both the Bearhawk and Patrol for sale at the same time and the one that didn't sale first, he would keep.He also sold that plane some years back, too much gas-guzzling for a cost-concious man. I don't know how Mark convinced him to put those 29" tires on his Patrol....
I have done the kind of analysis the OP asked about.
IF you are going to do a full VFR panel, I found the glass panel route was cost neutral, significantly lighter, and simpler to install. That was assuming you replicate all the functionality of any EFIS/EMS system with steam gauges, such as full multipoint engine sensors - which in my opinion you are foolish to do without these days, unless the prospect of fixing an engine doesn't worry you.
Note that to enter some controlled airspace VFR you may need a certified Transponder with mode Charlie, which means tested altimeter too. The altimeter need not be certified.
Yeah, the high-end gear isn't even in the picture. I too, am a (former) avionics tech who worked on high$$ jets with expensive instrument panels. Never want that kind of show on my personal aircraft......Compare a MGL or Dynon to a G1000 or Avidyne and the price becomes a non issue.
Anyone who needs more than this (and the compass I presume is there also) for VFR cross-country actually needs some serious re-training with a CFI more than they need the fancy glass cockpit.