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Old 02-02-2021, 01:48 PM
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Default RV-3 Panel Critique

Okay, I know I'm really asking for it, but I'll do it anyway. Here is a picture of my proposed panel, and although I am in love with it, I'm not married to it quite yet, so feel free to chime in. My mission is mostly Day VFR with quite a bit of formation flying. V6 radio (pictured is different control head) top center as it will be easy to change freq's during formation. Uavionix AV-30 as it controls my Tailbeaconx (already bought it so it's going in). MGL Vega singles, EMS-1 for oil press, temp, cht, volts, etc. TC-4 Vega for egt. The second ADI is actually a TruTrak ADI PIlot 2 but they didn't have the image on hangarzulu.com so I improvised. Mag whiskey compass. Ipad will be mounted on a ram mount so I can reposition as needed. Switches and cb's are being decided soon along with a couple of idiot lights (earthx overvoltage warning light, canopy open etc. Not pictured is my FF/quantity gauge, which may take the place of the mag compass. Not pictured is my Sentry gps with CO2 detector.

Lastly, the reason for the top layout is the current panel already has the cut-outs for those sized instruments so it makes the work easier and keeps the structure intact. I will be putting an overlay on the old panel as I don't want to tear out the old one...I have enought to do already.

Let the darts fly...as they say.
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Old 02-02-2021, 02:11 PM
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I personally would want my EFIS display higher on the panel and all the round displays moved down, but itís your panel so itís your choice.
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Old 02-02-2021, 02:34 PM
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I personally would want my EFIS display higher on the panel and all the round displays moved down, but itís your panel so itís your choice.
The Ipad isn't a true efis, that is just the pic from the panel builder. That Ipad will be foreflight moving map....I don't see myself using the synthetic vision feature of foreflight very often as I will be using the AV-30 for flight info.

That being said, I might play around with it and see how it looks with the ipad mounted higher.
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Old 02-02-2021, 05:21 PM
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In that case, please disregard
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Old 02-02-2021, 05:54 PM
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Here's some brief feedback, hope it may help:

I like the look of the round gauges, it suits the RV-3.

My main concern is the AV-30 readouts for airspeed and altitude may be too small for use as PFD, especially when the pilot needs to be able to quickly glance at airspeed e.g. on short final.

I fly with a 7 inch EFIS (Dynon D180) and the airspeed, altitude and VSI are "just" usable for my eyes. These EFIS's are generally great, but they pack a lot of information into a small space and can be difficult to read without staring.
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Old 02-02-2021, 06:26 PM
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I have an AV-30 in my RV-4. The airspeed is very readable.
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Old 02-02-2021, 07:11 PM
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I have an AV-30 in my RV-4. The airspeed is very readable.
Good to know as I have not flown with one....yet I will have bifocals just in case :-)
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Old 02-02-2021, 10:46 PM
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I have an AV-30 in my RV-4. The airspeed is very readable.
That sounds interesting, and I don't mean to hijack the OP's thread, but are you saying that you have only the AV-30 and no other flight instruments in the panel? I'm wondering if it is possible to easily and safely rely on just an AV-30 (or similar mini EFIS e.g. G5) during all phases of flight?

My own experience is that in critical and higher workload phases, e.g. base/final, go-around, it is important to be able to check airspeed at just a glance, which implies a bigger display, or a dedicated instrument.
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Old 02-03-2021, 04:13 AM
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I have the AV-30 plus steam gauges for airspeed and altitude. For some reason I use the AV-30 airspeed mostly on take-off and use the steam gauge airspeed while landing. I think I would be comfortable using only the AV-30.
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Old 02-03-2021, 05:44 AM
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Bought my ship, installed one G5...
Noticed I didn’t watch the standby ASI anymore...
Installed a 2nd G5, both with back/up battery...
Got rid of the standby instruments altogether...
Before mirroring the last action, be sure your local exp or homebuilt regs allow for this...

Cheap, redundant, works perfect. For me.
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