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Old 12-02-2018, 07:40 PM
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Default NIX the Steam

Get rid of the round dial gauges. Panel real estate is precious. Those steam gauges are a total waste of space. Why?
Randy King
Tampa (Wimauma), Florida
RV-4 N212CS (sold)
RV-8 N184RK (sold)
Currently flying a Pitts S-2E

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Old 03-13-2019, 11:38 AM
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Default Phase 1 complete

I've pretty much completed phase 1 of my panel upgrade. I wanted to upgrade the panel with modern tech, a better autopilot, and reduce some of the weight and complexity without cutting a new panel.

I've already started thinking about phase 2 which will include a new panel I'll build on the bench. However, I'm gone 8 months of the year for work, so it'll probably be a while before it's completed and installed.

Removed (all items working when removed):
vacuum Pump, Filter, Plumbing, and Gauge - for sale
Vacuum Attitude Indicator - for sale
Vacuum DG - for sale
RMI uEncoder - donated
Navaid Autopilot and Servo - for donation
Astrotech Chronometer - for sale
Garmin 250XL with tray - for sale
Garmin GPSMAP 496 - I may keep this for the back seater...

Garmin G5, Autopilot with GMC 507 Controller, and Aera 660. I've also installed a mount for the iPad with ForeFlight. Soon I'll be installing the GDL82 and 50R for ADS-B in/out to complete phase 1. Of course I designed it on my site...

I'd love to hear what you think and your input and suggestions for phase 2. I'm working on designs on my site, and will post them as I go.

Also, please let me know if you're interested in any of the items I've removed.
Bill VonDane (BVD)
CO15 - Elbert, CO
RV-8A - Flying
CH750 STOL - Building

Last edited by BVD : 08-18-2019 at 07:51 PM.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:42 PM
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Thumbs up ADS-B IN/OUT DONE!

I finally found some free time at home to install my ADS-B (thanks Tim for the deal on the GDL 82 and 50R).

I made a shelf across the longerons just aft of the baggage area to mount the equipment. Mounted the L-Band antenna on the bottom skin adjacent to the next bulkhead aft, and the GPS antenna on the top of the fuselage just aft of the pax seat.

Everything powered up as expected and once the GDL 82 was configured everything was in the green. I recently removed the PSS AOA system that had an indicator mounted in the left side panel, so I made a little Switch/LED panel to put in place of the indicator. The LED is for GDL 82 faults, and the switch is a mini DPDT momentary down to test the LED, center off, and up on for anonymous mode. Worked out pretty good considering I'm working with existing holes. The next step in the upgrade process includes a GDU 460 and a new panel will be cut so I can finally clean everything up and make it all look pretty.

The GDL 50R is really nice. Hard wired to the Aera 600 for weather and traffic, and via Bluetooth to the iPad. The iPad is running ForeFlight and has BT connections to both the 660 for sending/receiving flight plans, and to the GDL50R for AHRS, weather and traffic. Works perfectly! I now have 3 PFDs, 2 with synthetic vision.

Now I have to go back to work and make money to pay for it!

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Bill VonDane (BVD)
CO15 - Elbert, CO
RV-8A - Flying
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:45 PM
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Location: Aptos, CA (previously Reno, 21 years!)
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Great to hear it Bill, will be looking at your photo site soon to check out the work.
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RV-8: IO-360, WW RV200 CS Prop, P-Mag-Slick Combo, Advanced EFIS 3500 SOLD
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