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Old 11-20-2012, 07:14 PM
JSOliveira JSOliveira is offline
 
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Default Another Simple Panel

Here is the panel in my 9a. Mission is Day/Night VFR

http://s232.beta.photobucket.com/use...tml?sort=3&o=0

I tried to resist scope creep for a couple of reasons. I wanted to keep the cost down (it was under 10K) and I wanted to complete the project in a reasonable amount of time.

I used Vans wiring harness and switches. Vans Airspeed and Altitude as backup to the Dynon 180. The center stack is top to bottom: Garmin 495, Icom A210, Garmin 327 Transponder, and flightcom intercom. To the right of the intercom is a pot to adjust the volume of the audio input from the D180. Flap and trim are on the panel to the left of the intercom. They are easy to reach just above the throttle.

Engraving is courtesy of a Brothers label maker with White on Clear tape. I have a map box on the right side. LED map lights are on the side column, left and right.

A fellow builder here took a look at it and said, wow, you still have room to add another 20K worth of avionics on the right side.

Everything is right in front of the pilot and very accessible. I have about 70 hours on it now and so far, I would not change anything.

I did add an oil cooler shutter with the cable next to the mixture control. Engine is IO320 with Sensenich prop.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:46 PM
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I like it. Want to do something very simular.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:07 PM
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Simple, functional and elegant. Don't need anything else. Good job John!
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:11 PM
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Looks great! Simple, elegant, and very tasteful. The 495 is a great unit, easier to use than some of the "newer" handhelds. I like the panel dock.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:39 PM
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A "modern simple" panel! Nicely done.

I'm working on now but perhaps not as successfully

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:38 AM
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John, can I ask why you added an intercom when the iCom has one built in? Not a criticism, just curious, as you have simplified the rest of your panel very effectively. Nice!
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:33 AM
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John, can I ask why you added an intercom when the iCom has one built in? Not a criticism, just curious, as you have simplified the rest of your panel very effectively. Nice!
I wanted the pilot isolate feature. Also, I am glad I did because, while the Icom has intercom function, adjustments are handled by going through the setup steps. That is not something you want to do when things might be confusing in the cockpit.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:52 AM
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Hey, that's my panel, John! More or less anyway. Same mission, same idea as you.



Unfortunately, I cut one too many round holes back in the day when Dynon didn't yet have an autopilot and I was planning for a Trio. As soon as I cut that hole, Dynon announced theirs.

And I agree with you that you don't want to rely on the built in intercom in the A210.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:24 AM
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My version of a simple panel. A work in process.


http://kmmvphoto.smugmug.com/Airplan...IMG_1648-M.jpg
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:06 AM
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I wanted the pilot isolate feature. Also, I am glad I did because, while the Icom has intercom function, adjustments are handled by going through the setup steps. That is not something you want to do when things might be confusing in the cockpit.
I just remembered. I also needed the intercom as a place for the audio signal from the D180 to land. You could also input music or anything else. I did include two warning lights on the panel. A red one for alternator, and a green one above the 180 for D180 alarms. It goes off at the same time you get an audio warning.
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