I had started to re-energize our New Years marketing effort and wrote a few blog posts about delivering magneto resistive fuel senders to, new to us, European Aircraft and Helicopter customers. We seem to be popular over there, we may owe many thanks to COPA member Thomas Borchert
To check on our progress on our google search listing, I ran across a G1000 Cessna Fuel Sender for Sale on Ebay and thought I’d share it.
This is a Meggitt TDR (Time Domain Reflectometry) Used Ebay Price is $1,800 each - New Price from large Cessna Parts Jobber is $3,100 - Cessna List Price is $3,864. The Meggitt Fuel Level Sensors do look well made and come with a nice calibration sheet for your Cessna 172, 182 or 206.
Replacement Cost for 4 of these sensors on a Cirrus would be as much as a Parachute Repack Kit - If you added the TKS sensors - You are looking at a heart stopping bill of $18,600 at the preferred cost - And just for parts and not the labor. Installed cost would be well over $20,000 - This for a retrofit fuel level system on a Cessna 172 for heavens sake. It is painfully obvious why there isn’t a retrofit STC.
Maybe John Ylinen is exactly right, Aviation is getting expensive - part prices contributing greatly. But with a bit of creativity, it doesn’t have to be.
The caveat is, that our Fuel Level Sensors met all the FAA TSO requirements that this fuel sensor has met - and we do it for far less money. I was told early on, engineering is not building the best without regard to cost, it is providing the same performance at a price that is attractive to your consumer and the FAA.
While I have heard that our FAA TSO fuel level sensors are expensive compared to legacy commercial grade resistance fuel senders, i.e. the kind of sensor they used in aircraft of the past. I agree to a point on John’s arguement, but I truly feel we hit the target of providing improved aviation technology and performance at a competitive price.
Just for fun COPA members, when you come in contact with a G1000 Cessna owner - Let them know they have “friggin” Class 3 lasers in their fuel tank.
All apologies for “friggin” as I too have Irish heritage.