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Mike S 07-09-2016 11:57 PM

Show us your RV-14 panel
Starting new "Sticky" thread.

NorrisAir 09-24-2016 12:22 PM

Panel for Norris Brown's RV-14A - N14NP

I am using all Garmin G3x touch screen equipment except the IFR navigator is
a Garmin 530W and the independent backup unit is a Grand Rapids Mini X.
Circuit protection is with the VPX Pro.
Currently working on organizing all the wires.

Ron B. 09-24-2016 01:56 PM

Very nice, I like!!!

gen1313 09-24-2016 09:46 PM

RV-14 VH-YVY Panel

Twin G3x, GTN650, GTX23, GTR200, GMC307, GMA245 & G5. I will be expecting a Christmas card from Garmin this year:)

JHartline 09-25-2016 06:40 AM

Aussie panel

That's my panel! At least the one I envisioned. Any trouble mounting the AP panel at the top of the stack? Did you do the panel work or hire it out? Looks fantastic. You're only 3 numbers ahead of me. Guess I need to pick up the pace.

gen1313 09-25-2016 05:09 PM

Steinair did the panel for me. The AP fits fine and I should still be able to put the canopy release in if I decide to. The GTN650 at the bottom require a slight mod to the sub panel because of its depth but no big deal.
The only change I am making is to put in a paddle style flap switch and use the centre switch for "PFD2".

czechsix 09-27-2016 05:36 PM


Originally Posted by NorrisAir (Post 1114081)


Nice looking panel. Did you have to cut out any relief in the canopy frame to clear the outboard upper corners of the GDUs when you close it? The corners of the displays look pretty close to the edge of the panel compared to other -14 panels I've seen, so I'm wondering if the flange on the canopy frame interferes when you try to close it all the way?

NorrisAir 10-15-2016 05:31 PM

I sure hope not. Haven't tried the canopy frame since installing the avionics. I will check and let you know.

NorrisAir 10-17-2016 11:06 PM

Checking panel with canopy closed
Thanks for your observation. Put the canopy on today to check clearances and the left G3X display just fits with maybe 1/32 inch to spare! "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then."

n982sx 11-07-2016 11:16 PM

Here's mine. RV-14A N626KM

I went with an iPad instead of a second Garmin screen. It interacts well with either Garmin Pilot or Foreflight. For attitude/airdata backup I went with the G5.

In the picture, the PFD, Navigator and iPad are all sharing flight plan info. The PFD won't pass attitude info yet, because it doesn't know where it is and the magnetometer is not calibrated.

The 625 navigator has a built in demo mode and when in use all three devices talk with each other with simulated data sent from the 625. I have simulated several flights.

One year later.

The airplane is currently being painted after 110 hours of flight since first flight in June 2017. The panel has performed as well as I had hoped. I almost never actually touch the radio as I use the G3x interface to tune. Usually from the nearest or flight plan submenus.

I use the iPad and Foreflight to create flight plans or alter them and just send the new plans to the G3x and 625. Surprisingly less touching of the 625 than I thought I would as well. The iPad is very easy to remove or put back into the panel so I take it out after getting established in cruise, using it if needed to alter the route, and them putting it back in the panel for descent and landing. I also use Foreflight to examine weather in flight as it presents a better way to read and access weather data than the G3x weather page.

I setup the autopilot with the initial setting supplied by Van's for the G3x and the 14 and have had no issues with them so they remain unchanged.

*software updates have cured the following issue

I have enabled envelope protection and have had one minor and comical issue with it. Twice, after refueling, I have powered up the system and before starting the engine to taxi back to the hanger, the protection system has automatically engaged pushing the stick forward with a warning while I'm sitting still on the ground without the engine running. I have to disengage the AP to get it to stop trying pushing on the stick. Nothing like that has happened in the air

12/2020 and 368 hrs.

The system continues to be a pleasure to use.

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