Ask Cessna or Garmin and they will tell you it is impossible to calculate, given the fact that the G1000 is installed by the manufacturer and Cessna doesn’t pay retail. But a look at Cessna Web pages from 2005 and 2006 shows the difference between an IFR-equipped Cessna 172 and a comparably-equipped G1000 Cessna 172 was $27,000 in 2005, and $29,000 in 2006. Now only the G1000 is offered. But next time someone asks what a glass cockpit can add to a conventional airplane, $30,000 is a good guess.
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