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  #181  
Old 02-17-2013, 09:24 AM
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Brian,
Just a heads up, in addition to the Dynon carb sensor not working on my plane either, I could not get the Dynon amp shunt to work, so I bought the Garmin one and it works great. For your comparison, I had exactly 200 hours in the latest project, from start of disassembly of the RV7A tip up, to test flight. That includes No glitches. You're doing great!
Thanks Jon. Good thing for me is that the VP-X does not need a shunt. I have the Garmin one however since it came in the box.

Thanks for the man hour's required comparison. I am about 11 weeks in at this point with some delays in there as well as the holidays. You are a pro at upgrades to the G3X so that makes me feel a little better about how long it is taking me....
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:58 PM
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Today I finished up the following:
  • Connected the pigtails that come with the G3X pressure and temp sensors to the EMS harness leads. I just soldered them and used heat shrink to protect and for strain relief.
  • Removed the old Dynon sensors and mounted the new sensors in their place.
  • Removed the #1 and #3 Dynon CHT and EGT probes and installed the G3X ones.
  • Configured the settings on the G3X for all the probes and tested what I could without starting the engine. All works as expected.

I did not get around to connecting the EMS harness leads to the CHT/EGT probes. Next Time....

Items Remaining:
  • Connect EGT/CHT probes to the EMS harness on #1 & #3
  • Connect the tach wire to the P-mag
  • Connect the Princeton converters to the EMS harness
  • Mount the Delta Pop UAT antenna and connect it to the GDL-39
  • Reinstall the engine control cables
  • Clean up the airplane, vac out all of the crud, complete the remainder of the annual condition inspection (been working on this as I go)
  • Re-install all the covers, seat pans, fairings, seat belts and cushions
  • Re-install the canopy
  • Run the engine to test for leaks and to check new EMS system out.
  • Calibrate the AHRS, Magnetometer, Flaps and Trim, Princeton converters
  • Go FLY!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:02 PM
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Today I finished up the following:
  • Connected the EGT/CHT probes to the EMS harness on #1 & #3
  • Connected the tach wire to the P-mag
  • Connected the Princeton converters to the EMS harness
  • Mounted the Delta Pop UAT antenna and connected it to the GDL-39 (you need an adapter to make this happen, Stein sells a nice one!)
  • Ordered a Garmin Carb Temp Probe from Stein. He shipped it in about an hour! Great service!

That's pretty much it for the Avionics/EMS/VP-X Pro install (less calibration)

Items Remaining:
  • "T" into my manifold pressure line going to the P-mag and connect it to the new manifold pressure sensor port in the manifold.
  • Install new Garmin Carb Temp Probe
  • Re-install the engine control cables
  • Clean up the airplane, vac out all of the crud, complete the remainder of the annual condition inspection (been working on this as I go)
  • Re-install all the covers, seat pans, fairings, seat belts and cushions
  • Re-install the canopy
  • Run the engine to test for leaks and to check new EMS system out.
  • Calibrate the AHRS, Magnetometer, Flaps and Trim, Princeton converters
  • Go FLY!
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:36 PM
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Past few days I have been working on:
  • "T"'ed into my manifold pressure line going to the P-mag and connected it to the new manifold pressure sensor port in the manifold. It is next to impossible to find the correct barbed fitting in this town!
  • Installed new Garmin Carb Temp Probe
  • Filled the gaps where the canopy hinges "C" around the angle that is intended to be a shelf for the front canopy seal. Installed a new edge gripping bulb seal for the front of the canopy all the way across. Taped up everything good and sealed the area between the bulb seal and the front top skin ensuring all gaps, holes and other places for water to enter were filled with sealant. This made a complete seal between the front top skin, the seal angle/shelf, and the bulb seal. It really came out nice. It forms sort of a gutter between the front top skin and the bulb seal. The bulb seal is tall enough to contact the bottom of the canopy skin when closed. I really have no idea why Van's has you cut that angle into three pieces. There is no reason to put a gap in it where the hinges are since the hinge never rotates that far up and if it did, something else would be bent first. It does require more care when you install the canopy however. Don't say I did not warn you...
    Here is the seal I used:

    Here is the sealant I used. This stuff does not run or sag very much and sticks to just about anything and is tough as nails once cured. Don't get it on you or anything that you don't want to turn Black for good! It ain't cheap but it is the good stuff! Get it at most auto parts stores:
  • Re-installed the canopy, bolts, nuts and cotter pins, had to remove the VP-X Pro and the GTX23ES to get my hands up there in that area.
  • Posting, selling, packaging and shipping 1st gen panel items.....a ton of work!

That's pretty much it for the Avionics/EMS/VP-X Pro install (less calibration)

Items Remaining:
  • Snip the jumper in the GX Pilot Connector to reverse the pitch servo
  • Re-install the engine control cables
  • Clean up the airplane, vac out all of the crud, complete the remainder of the annual condition inspection (been working on this as I go)
  • Re-install all the covers, seat pans, fairings, seat belts and cushions
  • Run the engine to test for leaks and to check new EMS system out.
  • Calibrate the AHRS, Magnetometer, Flaps and Trim, Princeton converters
  • Go FLY!
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:22 AM
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Yesterday I worked on:
  • Re-installed the engine control cables
  • Over the weekend the wife and I cleaned my seat upholsery

Items Remaining:
  • Snip the jumper in the GX Pilot Connector to reverse the pitch servo
  • Clean up the airplane, vac out all of the crud, complete the remainder of the annual condition inspection (been working on this as I go)
  • Re-install all the covers, seat pans, fairings, seat belts and cushions
  • Run the engine to test for leaks and to check new EMS system out.
  • Calibrate the AHRS, Magnetometer, Flaps and Trim, Princeton converters
  • Go FLY!
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:51 AM
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Any logbook entries??

W/B re do?
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:58 AM
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I will record serial numbers but that is about it. No requirement to do anything else.

Airplane will get re-weighed when I do the fuel calibration. The manual method would be too complex...

Will get a fresh alt/static/xponder test.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:27 AM
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Have you kept track of time to make this transformation? Just curious.
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:13 PM
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Derek,

No, sorry I have not. But Jon who posted a little bit back in this thread has done several of these conversions. He said his last one took 200 hours start to finish.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:25 PM
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Today I worked on the following:
  • Vacuumed out the tail cone
  • Reinstalled the Emp Fairing
  • Reinstalled the ELT
  • Reinstalled the baggage compartment bulkhead
  • Vacuumed out the entire cockpit and the area under and between the seat pans including the area between the spar box
  • Removed a side of the flap motor box, inspected and reinstalled
  • Reinstalled the seat pans
  • Installed the 2ea G3X GPS, 1ea G3X XM & 1ea GDL39 GPS antennas on the glare shield
  • Entered EMS sensor configurations for all the sensor color bands and alarms
  • Completed the AHRS orientation calibration (more about this down below)
  • Completed the AHRS pitch and roll offset calibration
  • Completed the magnetic interference test, worst case was 10% of the allowable tolerance and believe it or not, it came from the rudder travel stop to stop??? My magnetometer is in the tail on the HS deck just in front of the HS front spar.

Items Remaining:
  • Snip the jumper in the GX Pilot Connector to reverse the pitch servo
  • Re-install seat belts and cushions
  • Run the engine to test for leaks and to check new EMS system out.
  • Calibrate the Magnetometer, Flaps and Trim, Princeton converters
  • Go FLY!

I did have an issue this evening that I want to mention so that others that may have a similar issue will know about it....

While trying to perform the AHRS orientation calibration, the calibration would instantly fail and would not calibrate. As soon as the orientation was selected and the OK button was pressed, it would instantly fail the calibration.

Turns out I had a bad config module out of the box for the GSU73. Here are the steps that were taken to find the root cause of the issue:

Christer with SteinAir mentioned that if the config module was not working in the GSU73, similar results could be expected. The confusing part about this is that in the manual it states that if the GSU config module is not working, your thermocouple gauges will all be flagged. Mine were not flagged...

I took the connector apart and disconnected the GSU config module and rebooted the system. This time all the thermocouple gauges were flagged. This does not lead you to believe that you have a bad config module because when it is connected, the thermocouples are not flagged. Disconnected they are flagged.

Christer stated that the config module in the PFD connector is the same module as the one in the GSU. He suggested that I swap them to see if the problem moves. Keep in mind that the PFD config module does have a status indication on the screen. It was all green working normally.

So I did swap the config modules and put everything back together and rebooted in config mode. This time, after swapping the modules, the GSU calibrations worked flawlessly.

The PFD status now shows that the config module on the PFD is missing or failed. The problem moved when I swapped config modules.

So I need a new config module for the PFD. Good thing is that the PFD config module is not required to move forward. It needs to be there for full LRU capability but it is not mission critical.

Might get to fly this thing tomorrow if all goes well! I am not rushing it, I am taking my time and will not fly if there are any issues but it is looking promising at this point....
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