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Old 05-03-2016, 09:04 AM
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Default Partial "glass" Panel ... what to do with the blackness

I'm preparing for an IPC. My RV-8 has a pretty good glad panel but being and RV-8 it doesn't have huge reserves for redundant displays. It does have backups for the key systems and I've practiced using them in VMC.



Like many pilots, if I lose the "big screen" I have a backup with all the necessary fly instruments. I have an iPad with all my navigation and charts.

The problem is the cockpit workload. If I were to find myself in IMC and using my backups, it would mean my scan would be going between the backup flight instruments in my panel and my iPad strapped to my leg. This is not ideal.

The answer was right in front of me - that big dark spot.



I've fashioned an attachment that allows quick installation of my iPad over the G3X Touch.



It takes me about 15 seconds to insert the iPad while sitting on the ground. I will practice performing the task while flying with a safety pilot to develop the skill while maintaining flight attitude.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:57 AM
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Am I seeing an acrylic overlay on the PFD that cradles the iPad top and bottom? Clever fellow! I like the idea, Glen.

-Bill
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:02 AM
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Am I seeing an acrylic overlay on the PFD that cradles the iPad top and bottom? Clever fellow! I like the idea, Glen.

-Bill
It's a 3/4" wide strip of polycarbonate just at the top.

Here is a brief write-up (and you can click the blog photos for big versions).

http://thesalmonfarm.org/blog/p/5879

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Old 05-03-2016, 02:35 PM
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Nice use of inexpensive parts for the purpose.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:24 PM
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Glen, I looked at your blow up photos. What are you saying when you say you flipped your ipad cover open? (I have 2 ipads, and neither has a cover.)

Are you saying you have your ipad in a leather pouch, you flip the cover of the pouch open, and then just "hang" your ipad on the clear piece??
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Old 05-04-2016, 04:31 AM
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there are many inexpensive cases which consist of a thin plastic shell and a segmented foldable front. Here is one example:


I just flip the cover to the back and slide it they the polycarbonate "crossbar".

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