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Old 08-17-2022, 06:07 AM
ShawnR ShawnR is offline
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Thank you everyone! I think this thread will be the catalyst for me to look harder at those units as a starter. As probably everyone here has gone through this low end of the learning curve, it is great to have a few to look at, learn the lingo, and then move forward.

I knew this question had been asked a lot in the past so felt guilty posting it. But that personal input goes a long way, I think, and adds value to the other similar threads.

As each plane I look at has some level of modern avionics, I now think I need to get a feel for what or if anything will "play nice" with what I can buy today.

J3 on floats
Time for an RV!
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Old 08-17-2022, 06:45 AM
fixnflyguy fixnflyguy is offline
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Default A little cheaper "update" in my -4

I went a little cheaper route to my basic steam gauge set-up because my mission is strictly VFR and limited cross country. if my wallet thickens, I may do a full upgrade, but for now, I installed the Garmin G5 "experimental" (removed and old GPS I had there) for a very reasonable price which I use as a primary display, and kept my steam gauges as back-up. I have a Garmin GTX327 X-ponder and GDL-82 ADSB "out only". For X-country, I have a Nexus7 tablet with AVARE free APP GPS on a kneeboard. I have a FL-760 radio in the small instrument cutout below the G5 which has a great built-in intercom. Not a bunch of $$ in my panel, but most of the needs for my mission have been satisfied.
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Old 08-17-2022, 11:52 AM
Dad's RV-10 Dad's RV-10 is offline
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Old 08-18-2022, 06:36 AM
Outback24 Outback24 is offline
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Location: Seattle WA.
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Default Glass panel

Speak with Northwest Avionics at 206-799-6529 they have Dynon at discount prices (as far as I can remember, I did mine with them 3 years ago) and will chat all day if you like. They will also help talk you through the installation when ready. My neighbor had never wired anything but automotive items and he and his wife did their Dynon panel.

Originally Posted by ShawnR View Post
Hi all

So, over the weekend, several RV4's have appeared in my inbox. Ranging from the fixer upper (priced accordingly and built well but need to look harder at the build) to a very nice glass panel plane (priced a little over my budget but it is pretty) and then a couple more higher in features/quality or just price as well.

One I have been watching for a while and the seller just got into what I consider a more reasonable price (as I am learning about the market and the RV4).

This is the panel, I should say, the interior as I am up for a makeover. I want to go to glass of some sort but not sure I am confident enough in it to not have some redundancy so wondering about using some of the existing gauges. The rest of this plane looks quite nice but I am not a fan of the interior so I think an entire makeover might be in the works. Not overly costly, just time wise. And it has rear rudder pedals so would be a good transitioning plane for me. My CPL instructor was a aerobatics instructor and a little guy so we could have fun in this one (or any of the ones but not all have rear pedals.) I am not large either so the little 4 should be good for us.

Looking at this, what would you suggest? I know there are Garmin guys, Dynon guys, MGL guys, etc so interesting to see what you might suggest, especially in regards to reusing some of the old stuff. So, have fun suggesting how I spend my money, but don't break me! Kidding. But if you have fun with the "here is what I would do game", then please, throw ideas around.

I have contacted Vans for a set of preview plans to better inspect whatever 4 I end up with. That will give me a better idea of the plane construction all around.
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