This really keeps coming to my head.
A brand new 172SP costs a quarter million while a older one (10 years older or a little bit older) costs for less than 100.000 Dollars and the only visible difference is the G1000 NXI and a AoA indexer next to the compass.
Its maybe my ignorancy on the specifications but with the price difference I could:
- Buy a brand new avionics suite turning the plane to a spaceship. everything from a autopilot to the Class S transponder.
- AUX tanks
- And maybe a brand new, upper model engine by selling the original one!
And I would STILL have surplus money!
Things is... As long as the owner of the second hand plane treats the engine good and doesnt abuse the airframe for aerobatics I dont see a SINGLE reason to NOT buy that plane.
So why waste so much money for a factory installed AOA Indexer that can be bought for less?
I am not acquinted with helicopters but the same "250K Brand New vs 100K Owned" thing applies to them too, I see. (Robinson R22)