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Old 12-18-2021, 01:10 PM
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Ok. Need advice. Not the original builder of my RV8. And I am not knowledgable to do work myself. Will probably screw it up if I tried. So I need some guidance from you guys that have been here before.

So I know Covid madness is pervasive about everywhere. And I am more than willing to pony up 25-30 grand for proper install. But finding people actually willing to do the work is becoming challenging. Have quotes out with 4 Dynon Installers. Been over a month. Nothing. Response is usually they are too busy to even to put together a quote. Geez. Please take my money!! Kinda crazy. Also trying to find a good shop within 300 miles of Columbus Ohio.

Anyway. Sorry for being an impatient whiner. But I am than willing to buy once cry once. I know lead times are at least a year wherever I end up. But would like to at least get on someones work list.
If you guys know anyone on east coast that will take the business. Please pass along. Thanks guys
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Oh, and this is the panel I have. Meh!! Not impressive
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Old 12-18-2021, 01:15 PM
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Find a builder who did his own panel (brand and such that you like) but is now flying. He may be looking for another project.

I did a couple like this before starting the RV-8 project, and suspect I'll do more after the RV-10 is flying.

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Old 12-18-2021, 01:18 PM
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https://vansairforce.net/community/member.php?u=1318

Rick may be able to help.
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Old 12-18-2021, 01:19 PM
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The various component vendors have downloadable installation manuals. Most are very detailed. Since avionics is different from airframe construction, if you looked into it, you'd probably find that the learning curve is similar to what any builder would face. Like any builder, you'd need to acquire the appropriate tools.

Worth considering....

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Old 12-18-2021, 02:18 PM
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Ok. Thank you definitely a good place to start.
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Old 12-18-2021, 03:04 PM
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Have you talked to SteinAir? They are building my harness now.

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Old 12-18-2021, 03:19 PM
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Have you talked to SteinAir? They are building my harness now.

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Yes, but I am still waiting for a quote.
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Old 12-18-2021, 04:25 PM
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When my old Advanced Flight 4500 EFIS died, I elected the supposedly simple task of replacing it with their AFS 5400. It fit the cutout nicely, but that refit project was FAR from Plug and Play., It convinced me that replacing an older panel with new instruments, especially modern glass, would be a nightmare and well beyond my skill. People say "just go to your local EAA chapter, or find someone locally with those skills". That might be true in some parts of the country, but not around here.

Boy, if it was me and I was contemplating a whole new panel, I'd be talking to Rob Hickman at Advanced Flight about an Advanced Panel. Let them design the panel and build it with their Advanced Control Module, using the Dynon stuff you want, and connecting them all now or incrementally. NOW we're talking plug and play.

This Advanced Panel concept is worth looking into. You can start at https://www.advancedflightsystems.co...ced-panels.php , and lots of stuff on Youtube.
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Old 12-18-2021, 04:30 PM
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Definitley a new panel for me. Gunna recycle some stuff.
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Old 12-18-2021, 04:42 PM
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I do Garmin installs in TX if you have any interest going that route.
(no “recycled” equipment thought)
the above pic is just one example of the many 8’s I’ve done
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