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Old 04-09-2021, 09:05 PM
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Good advice. Thanks.
I am planning to move everything up about another 1". I am thinking the closer the EFIS's are to the glare shield, the more shade and maybe better visibility?

Another thing: Do you think it would be worthwhile to angle the right EFIS slightly toward the pilot for easier reading? Maybe turn it so the left side is 1" forward of the the panel front and the right side its 1" aft of the panel front?
I have never really noticed any limited visibility of the screens even with bright sunlight. Moving them up would still be advantageous though so you don't have to avert your eyes so far from their main job of traffic scanning.

While angling the screen on the right wouldn't be a bad idea I don't think I would go through the effort of doing it. IDK if you have seen one of these screens in person yet but they are pretty dang easy to see in almost all light conditions and angles. I am very impressed with mine so far!
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Old 04-10-2021, 07:04 AM
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I have never really noticed any limited visibility of the screens even with bright sunlight. Moving them up would still be advantageous though so you don't have to avert your eyes so far from their main job of traffic scanning.

While angling the screen on the right wouldn't be a bad idea I don't think I would go through the effort of doing it. IDK if you have seen one of these screens in person yet but they are pretty dang easy to see in almost all light conditions and angles. I am very impressed with mine so far!
I have not seen one in person in the sun. It would be a fabrication challenge to angle the right screen. Maybe i should plan a trip north to see yours!
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Old 04-10-2021, 08:30 AM
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I have not seen one in person in the sun. It would be a fabrication challenge to angle the right screen. Maybe i should plan a trip north to see yours!
Oh snap, I just realized where you are! Anytime come on up!

Once I'm out of phase 1 I may find myself down there a bit too. I got family that lives up by the Red Feather lakes.
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Oh snap, I just realized where you are! Anytime come on up!

Once I'm out of phase 1 I may find myself down there a bit too. I got family that lives up by the Red Feather lakes.
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Default Repositioned Canopy Jettison Handle

I wanted my canopy jettison handle in the center of the panel, behind the panel, or under it. I realize using the thing in flight has 0 probability of occurring and using it after crashing and being upside down wouldn't help me get out with the canopy on the ground, but it would be handy for maintenance of the avionics, and the off chance that I'm right side up after a crash and the bird is on fire and the port side latch is broken. Anyway, after wondering if the handle should be pinned to prevent inadvertent activation by a curious passenger, and figuring this would be possible but maybe not too elegant, and sleeping on it for two nights, I finally came up with 'my' solution.

I welded up a handle not unlike the one that comes with the Finish Kit for the -14A. Except mine is oriented to the center of the panel. Since this makes the rod come out of the panel at an angle (not elegant) the rod has to be bent in two directions. No biggie. The handle is a highly customized carriage bolt from the aircraft section of Ace Hardware. When in position at the highest elevation I could get it on my panel, the carriage bolt....I mean centered forward canopy activation handle....is close enough to the panel that activating it has to be fairly deliberate. So, accidental pulling by a passenger is essentially nullified. Also, the distance it has to be pulled aft to release the canopy is about 6 inches. So, I'm confident the canopy won't get jettisoned by accident.

So, onward to the next trick, custom modifiication right after I powder coat the Centered Forward Canopy Activation Handle.
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Old 04-14-2021, 04:46 PM
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Default I Get to Make Center Panel AGAIN Tomorrow!

So, after meticulous measuring, cutting, and filing today to get my center panel instruments installed, I found out the Dynon template for the Intercom is too large. The template indicates the hole should be 1.24" x 3.36". But, the intercom is only 1" x 3". So, since I used the template to plan my cuts (dumb me) the spacing for the intercom is different than my other three pieces. Ugh.
Oh well, I now have 8 hrs practice making the center panel, so v 2.0 should be right on.

I told Dynon.
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Old 04-14-2021, 09:32 PM
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Sorry to hear that Scott! I didn't use the template but measured very accurately with the drawing they provide. It sure took awhile but it worked. I do remember there not being much room for any oversize on the holes; very low margin indeed.
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Old 04-14-2021, 10:29 PM
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I just finished cutting my panel holes tonight. Dont feel bad about redoing a panel. I just got done drilling the switch holes, then filing them square for my 9 switches. Now I found out a friend has a square panel punch. Duh! But I guess it builds character turning round holes into square holes by hand.
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Old 04-15-2021, 02:36 PM
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John, your panel looks amazing. I know that was a LOT of work!
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