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Old 02-01-2018, 08:08 PM
pilot28906 pilot28906 is offline
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Default Economical Panels

I am looking for some examples of economical panels you have installed in the last couple of years. I am planning on VFR basic panel for the RV7 and would like to use an EFIS instead of steam. Any opinions appreciated.

John Johnson
Murphy, NC
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:32 PM
YellowJacket RV9 YellowJacket RV9 is offline
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Here is mine:

GRT Sport SX 8.4"- $2800. Now you could look into the Sport EX, as well
Used Dynon D10 (backup EFIS) - $500 on VAF
GTR EIS 4000 - Used on VAF, $500.
Used GTX327 - $500 used, now selling for even less.
GTR200 Comm radio - $1200. This radio has a built in intercom and has functioned excellently.

You could probably build a similar panel now for under $5k.

In the last two years of flying, I have added a Stratux for ADS-B in (~$150), as well as GRT autopilot servos ($1500). The blank covered spot in the radio stack is a pre-installed rack for a Garmin 400W IFR GPS. Also planning on adding ADS-B out via a Uavionix echo or Garm GDL82. Lastly, I have an iPad mini on a ram mount attached to the right side of the panel.
Chris Johnson
RV-9A - Done(ish) 4/5/16! Flying 4/7/16
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:56 PM
RV9A Bill RV9A Bill is offline
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Default Simple panel

No pic. Used D100, D120 Dynon. Used A-200 icon, used thx 327, used garmin 496. It all works well.
RV9A Bill
RV9A 789BT flying
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Old 02-02-2018, 03:50 PM
pilot28906 pilot28906 is offline
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Thanks for the info, just what I am looking for. Thanks for the photo.
John Johnson
Murphy, NC
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:04 PM
tfriendshuh tfriendshuh is offline
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Dynon D100
AFS 2500
Garmin 496 GPS
GMA-340 comm panel
GTX-327 transponder
SL-40 radio

[ed. Tim died in the crash of his biplane 9/17/21. Deepest condolences to all his family and friends. V/r,dr]

tim CP ASEL & S

2006 RV-8A N6677F

1943 Boeing Stearman N19BB
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:46 PM
MK77 MK77 is offline
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Single Screen G3X, GTX327, GTR200. The GTR200 has a built in intercom which eliminates one item. G3X is easily expandable which is why I chose it. The backup ASI and Altimeter came with the project I bought, so I put them in. Can easily add iPad or other tablet to the mix which I plan to do eventually.

Matt K.
RV-7 Tip-up - Flying!
XP Superior IO-360 w/cold air sump, Catto 3 blade prop
Garmin G3X
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:49 PM
rv7charlie rv7charlie is offline
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I found a 'deal' on a used AFS4500 including the engine module a couple of years ago. But if I'd waited (it's still not flying), today I could buy two GRT Minis or Garmin G5s, and add an MGL engine monitor for the same money. Smaller screens, but redundant and easier to arrange in the panel than the bigger AFS4500.

For VFR, I can't see how you can beat the entry level small screen EFISs from the various mfgrs these days. Somebody mentioned the Avmap Ultra a while back; there are some youtube videos showing it in operation and a long-term experience report, as well. Spruce is selling it (everything including GPS) for ~$900.

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Old 02-02-2018, 05:11 PM
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John, just sent you a PM.

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Old 02-02-2018, 05:30 PM
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I recently "upgraded" to a D180 and it is augmented by the existing D10A, an HS34, GTX327, and the one big ticket item, the GTN650. The 327 could be remote mounted to free up space, but don't need to in this config. The 180 is great with the exception of me looking for a more capable autopilot.

I have resigned myself to being 1 or 2 generations behind the early adopters and am happy with their hand me downs.
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1984 L39C
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Old 02-02-2018, 05:39 PM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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The various mini EFIS systems might be a useful approach, perhaps.

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