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Old 05-06-2020, 01:29 PM
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RV-8 N118KB (#81125) - Sold
RV-14A N114KB (#140494) - Sold
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Old 05-06-2020, 01:37 PM
sjarrell sjarrell is offline
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Smile Garmin G3X Panel by SteinAir

Here's our G3X panel that was just shipped the end of last week from SteinAir. Needless to say SteinAir was absolutely fantastic to work with (again) and their workmanship is outstanding. Here are a few details about the panel and electrical system:

Dual G3X Touch w/ G5 Backup
GTN 650Xi
GTR-20 Remote Radio
GTX-45R Remote ADS-B Transponder
Plane Power 30A backup Alternator
AOA Pitot Tube
3 Axis Garmin Autopilot with Pitch and Roll Trim Servos
GMC-507 AP Control Panel
GMA-245 Audio Panel
CPi-2 Dual CPU Ignition w/ Backup Battery
ZipTips Wingtip Lighting and PosiStobe on the tail
Par36 Leading Edge Landing Lights

The 4 breakers on the right side of the panel are for the CPi-2 ignition system (2 CPUs and 2 coilpacks). SDS recommends using regular breakers instead of the VPX system to provide power to their system, and we were running short on VPX breakers anyway. The switch labeled "Spare" in the panel will be re-labled "Lean Mode" and will toggle the CPi-2 system into LOP mode advancing the ignition timing (same as pressing the LOP mode button on the controller).

Steve Jarrell
Building RV-14A QB "Freedom"
N614US (June 14 - Flag Day)
Dues Paid - Gladly!
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:00 PM
Brian Perry Brian Perry is offline
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Location: Saginaw, Michigan
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Here is a pic of my panel. I received it from Steinair about 3 weeks ago and immediately got to work. Steinair was great to work with and answered all of my dumb questions throughout the process. Highly recommended!

Details are:

Dual G3x touch displays
Garmin GTN 750xi
Backup Garmin G5
GMC-507 Autopilot
GTR-20 Remote radio
GTX-45R Remote ADSB in/out transponder
GMA-245 Remote audio panel
IBBS Backup battery
GD-40 CO detector
GI-260 AOA

Brian Perry
RV 14A Kit #140588
Airworthiness Certificate Issued 1/9/2021
First Flight 1/23/2021
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Old 08-11-2020, 09:00 AM
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Default Another Avionics Systems RV-14 panel

Another one of our ready to install RV-14 instrument panels, this one with the best of everything from Garmin: dual G3X Touch, GTN-750xi, GTR-200 com, GMA-245R audio panel, GTX-45R transponder with ADS-B, autopilot, G5, and TCW standby battery system. This airplane recently started flying and this owner is looking forward to a lot of flying behind his state of the art Garmin avionics.
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David Buckwalter
Avionics Systems, LLC.
Leesburg, VA 703-669-2669
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Old 08-12-2020, 12:13 PM
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I can't say enough good things about Dave & Avionics Systems. They've done two panels for my RV-7's over the years and are about to do an RV-14.

Very professional, attentive, thorough and service oriented. ++ Recommend.

Brian Decker
RV-7 (Flying)
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Old 09-09-2020, 09:01 PM
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A bit retro....

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RV-14A flying 520 hrs
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Old 12-04-2020, 07:06 AM
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Default seeking panel planning resources

I am starting to collect ideas for my RV-14 panel. I am leaning towards Garmin Avionics. This thread looks like a great resource, I have a few questions.

A lot of posts have pictures that are no longer visible and used a website that as far as I can tell is defunct. (tinypic). Is there any way to still see these images? Or is there a different archive for these images?

I have been told by other builders that installing the A/P servos during construction of the wing/fuselage is preferred. So I guess a first step is to decide on which brand of Avionics will drive the servos and go with that brand?

I see a few posts reference a tool called "panel planner". Can someone point me to this program.

I understand there are businesses who will design and or build a panel and harness for you. I have some electrical and avionics experience (used to be a maintainer in AF). Opinions on this option are welcome.

I have also heard of a workshop on wiring/building harnesses is offered somewhere. Any experience or info is welcome.

Thanks in advance for any help

Any other advice is welcome
Dave Romuald (FFC)
RV-8 655CL
RV-14 in work
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Old 12-04-2020, 08:13 AM
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Default Aerotronics Recommendation

Should you decide to let someone else do all the work, I HIGHLY recommend Aerotronics.

Jason and Andre's customer service are second to none. They will totally design layout and wiring and build to perfection. I am so happy with my panel after Phase 1 testing. I wouldn't change a thing! It always cost more to have someone do it for you VS DIY, but in this important area, leaving it to experts is a great way to go.

Here's my panel (in RV10)
Randy Vanstory
Flying RV10 - N783V
2021 Sun N Fun Reserve Grand Champion
2021 Oshkosh Bronze Lindy

1st Flight 08/20/2020
Donation Happily Made 2021

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Old 12-04-2020, 01:34 PM
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I also went with Aerotronics and agree totally with previous post by Randy.
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Glenn Martin
Windsor, Ontario
1942 Tiger Moth
2017 Waco YMF-5
RV-14 Kit # 140694
First Flight - June 22, 2021
2021 Dues Paid
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Old 12-04-2020, 08:53 PM
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Another Aerotronics fan. However, in my case I worked with Jason on the layout (and ultimately the panel cutout and labeling) but I did the design and wiring myself. I had never done anything like this before (but then I never built an airplane before either), and I found doing the avionics one of the most enjoyable parts of the project. Itís definitely not for everyone - it takes a lot of patience, and a very good attention-to- detail personality.
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Keith Brown

RV-14A Builder - kit #136 (complete) and #770 (in process)
N314KC - First flight Mar 8, 2017, 24th in the air, >750 hrs
XP-400 Aero Sport Power, replaced with Lyc Thunderbolt 390
RV-6A sold
Sport Pilot (weight-shift control) - Airborne XT912
Dues paid 9/2021
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