Originally Posted by Roadjunkie1
You MIGHT consider making a cover of some sort for those cute little rocker switches as, if something hits them, you will lose power and wonder why. Just a thought....
I was toying with that too. Figured I would see how it goes ie get a feel for it when I start flying. I was concerned with toggles being next to the USB and Aux power ports, and them getting flipped accidentally. Also, as suggested here, make things safe if the situation gets a little hot, so I figured rockers are very different than toggles, so the feel would be different. Typing that now though, not sure what situation would become tense that would involve any of the switches. Maybe smoke from electronics so I would want to hit the avionics off quickly till I troubleshoot. I suppose hitting the master would solve the smoke issue, but cause others.....
But yes, a cover or bar in front is an option and one I like.
Well, that cable routing is less than ideal. Since you are going to remove it anyway, I'd put it where it belongs. New holes with snap gromets would be an improvement. If you don't like the old holes, cover them up...
That looks like an extended baggage shelf which may not be the best idea in the world. That may be just a shelf for the ELT but pretty thick material there.
Just the ELT shelf. It is inaccessible usually. But with all of the changes I am making to the plane, I think a whole new W&B will be warrantied.
As for making new holes and installing bushings, then that is easy. I was just concerned about another hole, mostly in that one bulkhead where the cable is beside the skin. The hole is so far off of center. But, I suppose the side skin adds strength to the bulkhead as much as the bulkhead forms the skin.
fl-mike....I ordered those switches for a job many years ago and was surprised at their current rating for their size, but you raise a good point. I see they are rated for 9A at 120 volts but I cannot find a DC equivalent. I may need to search more. One only runs the Master solenoid so not much current on that. I don't know the current on the Alternator switch but had a 5 Amp fuse in mind on that circuit, so I figured they would be OK. I will dig a little deeper. The way I did that panel, it would be a minor issue if I had to replace the whole thing. And there is enough room to put in larger rockers, if I wanted to stay with that line of reasoning/thinking.
But, of course, one does not want to discover that need in the air. Thank you for the alert on it.