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Old 01-07-2012, 10:29 PM
Neil Neil is offline
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Default Advice on Panel Design

I am in the process of finalising the design and then cutting of the panel ..
Would welcome any constructive comments about the attached design.


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Old 01-08-2012, 12:23 AM
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I have some thoughts, have you bought all the bits yet?

I see u r in tassie, may be easier to talk on the phone check you pm inbox
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:10 AM
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For what its worth, can the microair stuff
LAME (Aust)
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:51 AM
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Default Vans F703X-1 Drawing


If you downloaded the RV-7 tipup drawing from the Vans web site, then the vertical dimension of your panel is incorrect.

The Vans drawing does not include the flange bent at the bottom of the panel as they ship them.

Vans F703X-1 drawing has a height of 11.456" (290 mm)
The actual F703X-1 panel has a height of 10.688" (271.5 mm)

Also because of the flange bend, the FLAT of the panel starts at .261" (6.6 mm) from the bottom of the panel.

If you need the correct dimension drawing, send me your e-mail and I will get it to you.
Bill Morelli - A&P I/A - EAA Tech Counselor
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:27 AM
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Might give a thought to reducing the height of the panel (if it's a slider) as the larger panels are difficult to wiggle underneath which you'll find yourself doing a lot later on. (Not as big a deal with a tip up).
You could move the gx pilot over to where the ft50 is and move that to the right side, might have to move trim switch also depending on how much you could cut down. I cut down a new panel from Vans when I upgraded mine after so many tight fits under friends RV panels I was helping out on.

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Old 01-08-2012, 08:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Neil View Post
.....welcome any constructive comments about the attached design....

Nice panel. Based upon hearsay in general and first hand knowledge of technical problems experienced by a builder/pilot I happen to know, I agree with the suggestion to lose the MicroAir stuff. You get what you pay for. In addition, the panel mounted compass may be an unnecessary redundancy. If you do go that route, its a good idea to isolate the compass from potential interference. Locating it directly adjacent a radio seems asking for trouble. Saying that, even installing the compass may not be necessary IF a glass display provides "magnetic direction indicator" information. I'd do a bit more research on that particular subject before cutting holes and spending bucks for a wet compass purchase.
Rick Galati
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:54 PM
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Hello Neil,

Just a heads up. It would help if you could reply with what model you have, it looks to be a RV7 ? and if its going to be VFR or IFR.

If its VFR day in Australia you will need a compass, see casa CAO 28.18 issue8 appendix 1
"A direct reading magnetic compass or a remote indicating compass ( EFIS ) AND a stby direct reading magnetic compass"

I used a SIRS from Vans mounted on the roll bar.

Have fun.
Jamie lee
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0-360,carb,catto 3 blade.

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Old 01-08-2012, 06:16 PM
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Default What??!!!

Originally Posted by Jamie Aust View Post
Hello Neil,

....... AND[/u] a stby direct reading magnetic compass"
Your kidding me. A back up compass for VFR Day? Since when? As I read that correctly for VFR you need two compasses?

I have been flying for a while with "out-of-spec panel" aircraft then
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Old 01-08-2012, 06:30 PM
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Same thing in Canada. It can even be a cheapy from Caanadian tire
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:36 PM
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It might be worth having another cig lighter 12V outlet closer to the left end of the panel, as well, so you could use it if you wish.

And if you're going to have a whiskey compass at least put it where you can see it.

From what the other replies suggest, there's not room to move the circuit breakers elsewhere, but if you could, you could install a glove box for small storage there. Storage handy for the pilot is a precious thing.

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