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Old 08-17-2013, 04:52 PM
pauldan181 pauldan181 is offline
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Default Panel upgrade



Transponder is a Trig 22 controlled through the HXr, Wx and traffic using a Skyradar D2 ADSB receiver. GRT and SteinAir are both highly recommended!
Paul Danclovic
Freeport FL
RV-8A N181SB
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:49 PM
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Default my panel

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Old 08-21-2013, 07:18 AM
dcasey1 dcasey1 is offline
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Default RV-8 Rear Cockpit Panel

Latest cool RV-8 addition. Graphite instrument panel for RV-8. Snaps right in. I just use velcro to attach iPhone, mini iPad or GPS

Dave Casey
RV-8 N317DC
Just completed Phase I, in paint shop now!

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Old 08-21-2013, 09:33 AM
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Default Panel

Very nice , very clean .
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:16 PM
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Default Got it figured out...I hope

I started messing with the panel and hope the layout will be good. I liked Jeff Mitchell's overall layout and tried to mimic it..sort of.

I have the D180 in the center, HS34 and AP74 to the right and left, the 3/18 A/S and then 2 1/4 compass to the left of that, where the bottom of the instruments will be on the same horizontal, and then on the right of the AP74, the same configuration with the Alt and G-meter.

Below the D180 will be the Airgizmo dock for the G496. To the left of that will be the GTX327 and the Sl 40 above that, and then the VP100 with the PMA to the right of the G496.

I tried to keep it as symmetrical as possible.

I cut the original blank without the PMA5000 and tested the HS34, D180 and the G496 today. Bill at Up north aviation is cutting my new panel for me. After a couple of days, i'm happy with the design.

For some reason, the D180 HSI isn't getting a GPS fix? I'll refer to the manual for that.

Back to the fuse!

Last edited by Don Patrick : 09-18-2013 at 03:30 PM. Reason: Thanks DR..I made it smaller..sorry bout that! Changed huge picture to link to huge picture (to preserve word wrapping)
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:26 PM
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Where do you find Davis Composites?
Adam Silverstein
Technical Counselor Chapter 643
Flying RV-8 10/30/07
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Pittstown, New Jersey
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:56 AM
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Default Making knee room

Hey guys,
Does anyone see a problem with this mod?
I'm 6'-5" and have started sitting in my QB fuselage and was a little concerned about the mounting/dismounting gyrations I would have to long legs and size 13 feet can't be pulled back to the spar because my knees hit the bottom of the panel. So I started looking into modifying the panel.
Are there any concerns that I don't know about that would make this setup inpractical?

(This was originally posted in "Show us the status of your project")

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Old 10-30-2013, 09:40 AM
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Hello??? Was it something I said?

Was hoping for some constructive feedback from my fellow builders....
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Old 10-30-2013, 11:59 AM
SteinAir SteinAir is offline
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We haven't done one exactly like that, but a customer in Colorado (ColoRV) had us do a custom RV8 panel for him recently where we recessed the bottom of the panel. I don't know if he's posted any pictures of it or not...but Bill, if you're out there - perhaps you could help this guy out?

I don't know if he's far enough along with his panel to post pictures, but at least he could show you what we did with the bottom of it. We've done this before in the past as well, but I just don't happen to have any good pictures handy at the moment!

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Old 11-06-2013, 09:15 PM
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When I first saw the picture you posted my first thought was "are you out of your mind?" But when I read your post I realized it was indeed a valid question. Dude, you do need to get in and out of your airplane.

Looking at it more, I like it. I have no idea if the instrument panel is considered to be structural, but given how some folks cut them up, I wouldn't think Van would rely on that for strength.

If you can fit all your gear in the top part I guess I don't see anything bad about it, but I assume the bottom is butting up against the horizontal brace back there and it would be tough to fit much into the lower part.

Looks pretty cool though!
Jesse Bentley
N229Z - RV-8 - Flying - Livin' the dream!
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