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Old 02-25-2014, 04:26 PM
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Old 03-16-2014, 10:51 PM
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I'm starting the design of my panel, so here's an early prototype.

Some points:
  • It'll have 2 Garmin G3X displays unless they release a single large display soon.
  • Avoiding extending the panel into the leg area any, so it's a little cozy.
  • The RockRack style (APEM) switches take up a lot of room, but I like them.

Still trying to decide whether to mount the iPad Mini Horizontally or Vertically. I'd rather it be mounted semi-permanently to the panel and not on an articulating mount.

Thoughts on the panel?

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Old 03-17-2014, 08:09 AM
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Hey Russ,
Boy those switches take up a lot of room.
You will find that while using the G3X with GMC305 a TO/GA button would be nice.
If your intentions are to use the Mini B as a back-up instrument for IFR then more line of sight would be much better.
Most install just to the Left of the PFD. Above the radio stack gets it out of view.
Oops, after looking again I see that you have no IFR nav source so I guess this is a VFR panel. so why then the backup Mini B?
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:38 AM
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:58 AM
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I appreciate the feedback Mark.

Yep, it's VFR for now. The Mini B is a backup for Airspeed & Altitude and even Attitude in case I get into a bad vis situation (haze or at night). It's inexpensive enough and I like the completely different manufacturer backup aspect.

The more I look at the switches... the more I wonder about them.

What's a TO/GA button do?

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:12 AM
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I dont have the GTN650 yet and still have some more placards to make but, this is essentially it!



The VP-X really makes it cool!

The only fuses are for the backup battery.

Best of all, no smoke when I hit the big red switch!

I am gonna love flying this computer!

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:26 AM
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Russ...I don't think you are going to like the iPad that far to the right unless it is angled toward you. I have the rami mounts, which does push it off the panel but it gives the ability to move it around a bit and angle it toward me, which gives better viewing and access to.

Also, you say VFR now, do you intend make it IFR in the future? If so, you haven't left any room for growth in this panel. So you would be starting with a fresh new panel to cut...if you are ok with that then fine. Otherwise you may reconsider this one and leave space for a future (insert you IFR nav equipment) here.

just my thoughts.
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Old 03-17-2014, 12:53 PM
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Good points Ryan. The NAV upgrade options have been nagging at me a bit. Maybe there will be a remote box solution for a certified WAAS GPS based Nav that can integrate into the Garmin displays. The existing Nav solutions have really tiny displays.

For the iPad... I wasn't going to make it an important Pilot aid. Mostly planning and co-pilot usage.

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Old 03-17-2014, 01:06 PM
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Boy those switches take up a lot of room
+1! Only my opinion, but since you asked... From the looks of things, you could use toggle switches and place them under the G3X screens - same for the switches in the middle. It would then free up the left of the EFIS for the back up Mini B, and free up the center stack for future upgrades for an IFR panel - GPS, second radio, audio panel, etc.

I also second the iPad comment. I LOVE the iPad's aviation capabilities, but the screen is an exercise in frustration in a bubble canopy. I imagine having it fixed - especially at that angle - would reduce it's already sketchy readability in bright conditions. The beauty of the mini is its perfect knee board size.
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Old 03-17-2014, 01:27 PM
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Hmmm... this talk about the mongo RockRack switches is good food for thought. If I want to stay simple and light, standard toggles may be the way to go.

There's a fair amount of complexity in illuminating the 2 RockRack LEDs independently. Below is a photo of the wiring needed to switch the lower LED on & off on a 2nd pole. Not shown is wiring for the negative side of the LEDs and the wiring of the item actually being controlled by the switch (to VP-X). Not exactly the definition of simple...

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