24 month Transponder check?

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24 month Transponder check?

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:28 am

What are 24 month transponder checks running these days? Haven’t had to have one done since selling my Diamond in 2009.
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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby drseti » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:36 am

It varies widely by location. Here in Lock Haven, I think I paid $100 last time (Keystone Instruments, on the Piper Memorial Airport).
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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:43 pm

Thank you drseti.

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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby rcpilot » Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:34 pm

Here on Long Island I paid $180 at the avionics shop.

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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby Scooper » Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:37 pm

$90.00 in the S.F. Bay Area on January 25, 2019. Precision Static Testing based at LVK drove up to Santa Rosa and did several here at STS on the same day. It's a part time gig for a Jet Blue A320 captain. He could be Matt Damon's twin and I gave him a nice tip.
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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:26 am

Scooper wrote:$90.00 in the S.F. Bay Area on January 25, 2019. Precision Static Testing based at LVK drove up to Santa Rosa and did several here at STS on the same day. It's a part time gig for a Jet Blue A320 captain. He could be Matt Damon's twin and I gave him a nice tip.


Thanks Stan, was the test done all remotely? Did they have to access your pitot-static system? I’m told for my aircraft it’s just the transponder. I’ve got a Garmin 345R, which transmits altitude.

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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby Scooper » Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:52 am

Sling 2 Pilot wrote:
Scooper wrote:$90.00 in the S.F. Bay Area on January 25, 2019. Precision Static Testing based at LVK drove up to Santa Rosa and did several here at STS on the same day. It's a part time gig for a Jet Blue A320 captain. He could be Matt Damon's twin and I gave him a nice tip.


Thanks Stan, was the test done all remotely? Did they have to access your pitot-static system? I’m told for my aircraft it’s just the transponder. I’ve got a Garmin 345R, which transmits altitude.


It wasn't done remotely; he spent an hour with me in my hangar doing the testing and had access to my pitot-static system. This same guy had done the pitot-static tests on my C172 and my Zodiac several times when I was based in Oakland (KOAK). My transponder is a GTX 327 with a separate Sandia SAE 5-35 altitude encoder.
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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby FastEddieB » Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:00 pm

I think for VFR it’s just the transponder. Right around $100 around here*.

I think it’s only for IFR certification that the whole pitot/static system needs checking.


*Word of caution - my last one was around $700. My Garmin failed some test and the easiest way out was installing an overhauled unit. So it goes. Not horrible given my original transponder had performed perfectly for over 10 years.
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Re: 24 month Transponder check?

Postby ShawnM » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:12 am

Same here in Florida, $100 for VFR checks. I have mine done up in Ocala at Quest Avionics.


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