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Old 07-22-2016, 08:27 PM
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sbalmos sbalmos is offline
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Location: Liberty Twp, OH
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Circling back around here during a break from Oshkosh packing.

EL = Electroluminescent lighting. The same backlighting technology in your watches, among other places you'd never think. I tried a few different types from various vendors, eBay, etc. Ended up working with, with a couple of their parallel panels. These panels are the ones that work best for cutting to size and cutting out holes in. Obviously it ain't cheap. I used probably 7 or so medium and small sized panels.

You also have to watch, to a degree, the interference from whatever EL power inverter you use - same basic idea as with LED nav/strobe/landing lights. Again, Ellumiglow led the pack here, IMO.

Otherwise, the panels themselves are about as thick as a laminated piece of paper, so they're still somewhat flexible. Ellumiglow's are white, so I layered on a static-stick piece of light blue transparent vinyl sheeting off of eBay. The placards were done by

I thank / blame Ed Kranz's RV-10 panel lighting for the inspiration. I wanted to duplicate his lighting, but improve on his quip that only the label words are backlit, due to using discrete LEDs in his design.

Thanks! Already got a Garmin Elite with prop filter a few years back. It's charging now for the trip. I've got some test video from my cousin and me doing practice approaches around Cincy in his 182 a year or so back. Needless to say, I'm holding onto it as blackmail material. Neither of us were on our game that day.
Scott Balmos - RV-9A N112SB
Cincinnati, OH, KHAO
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Old 02-24-2017, 09:54 PM
Dreamin9 Dreamin9 is offline
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Location: Near Buffalo, NY
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Recent upgrade installed by Jesse Saint, designed by Jesse and myself. A simple design that took a lot of back and forth to get just right

Twin Dynon Touch
Garmin G5 on the left
Top center are the Knob, Autopilot, Comm controllers. Then Garmin 625, Garmin SL40, Garmin 240 audio panel.

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Old 03-13-2017, 03:53 PM
Neal Trombley Neal Trombley is offline
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Location: North Fort Myers
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That looks great..
Neal Trombley
SW Florida
EAA 66
N517NC ( reserved)
Dues Paid
NOV 2016
July 2017
Dec 2017
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:37 PM
stevenbgross stevenbgross is offline
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Location: rockville
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Default N1119A Panel

Panel is in airplane - month 13 of slow build 9A.

All Garmin, full IFR panel with permanent IPAD dock in front of co-pilot.

Wings complete.
Empenage complete.
Fuselage complete.
Gear/fairings/wheel pants complete

I was holding off the front top deck to enable the avionics installation. Now that the avionics are in, and everything is working, I am going to put the front deck on, finish the windscreen and canopy, and then on to the engine.

This thing is starting to get very exciting!

Based on current progress, I plan to have the 9A out of the garage, at the hangar for final assembly in the fall. I am in the DC Metro Area. Hangars are expensive and hard to get. I have been on waiting lists for 3 years. The hanger is 40 minutes away, so I am kind of dreading the time when the project leaves the nest.

Steve Gross
First Time Builder
New Flyer
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Old 03-15-2017, 03:36 PM
kaweeka kaweeka is offline
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Location: Roseville
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Finally finished!
RV-9A N435KR, Vans calendar March 2018
LIO 320 B1A, Dual LS Plasma III, AFP injection
G3x touch
Roseville, Ca
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Old 03-15-2017, 06:08 PM
Chkaharyer99 Chkaharyer99 is offline
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Location: Pilot Hill, CA
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Great job David! Looks really nice. I look forward to hearing about those cross country trips you've been planning with you dad.
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Old 03-07-2018, 04:10 PM
msaltzman14 msaltzman14 is offline
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Default Garmin Panel on N7KR (RV9A)

Hey All-

I just got this panel installed by the folks at Sarasota Avionics. It's amazing!

In addition to what you see, I also specifically designed the layout so that in the future I could add a second G3x screen on the right side and out the Garmin D5 on the left above the ignition keys.
Mike Saltzman
Flying -9A N7KR

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Old 10-24-2018, 01:58 AM
BMW_X6M BMW_X6M is offline
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Default Panel Evolution at 1000 hours with new DYNON HDX!ArInaQRZozE3juBsGc2dk2hDn4rCkw

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Old 12-23-2018, 09:51 AM
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Walt Walt is offline
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Location: Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
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Happy RV9 owner leaves with this new panel

Garmin G3X with GTN750

Walt Aronow, DFW, TX (52F)

EXP Aircraft Services LLC
Specializing in RV Condition Inspections, Maintenance, Avionics Upgrades
Dynamic Prop Balancing, Pitot-Static Altmeter/Transponder Certification
FAA Certified Repair Station, AP/IA/FCC GROL, EAA Technical Counselor
Authorized Garmin G3X Dealer/Installer
RV7A built 2004, 2000+ hrs, New Titan IO-370, Bendix Mags
Website:, Email:, Cell: 972-746-5154

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Old 12-23-2018, 06:25 PM
rightrudder rightrudder is offline
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Location: Laguna Hills, CA
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That's beautiful, Walt!

BTW, it was good meeting you at Osh...I was the red/silver -9A camped to your left.
RV-9A "slider"--sold in July 2021
Flew to Osh in 2017, 2018 & 2019!
Donation made for 2021
You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky -- Amelia Earhart
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