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View Poll Results: Which Panel Arrangement?
Steam Gauges Left of EFIS 12 34.29%
Steam Gauges Right of EFIS/Vertical 5 14.29%
Steam Gauges Right of EFIS/Horizontal 18 51.43%
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:34 PM
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Default Panel Layout Choices

I'm getting ready to start cutting holes in my panel and I'd like input on the three panel arrangements below - thanks:

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Old 11-17-2018, 08:50 PM
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How about the round gauges below the radio and A/P.

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Old 11-17-2018, 09:03 PM
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I'd give the nod to either #2 or #3 in case you ever have somebody flying from the right seat. I'm currently doing an RV-6A checkout with the airspeed at the far left, and it's doable but then again, I'm a CFI.

And on #2, I'd move the avionics up higher in the panel... less of a transition from outside to avionics.


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Old 11-17-2018, 09:52 PM
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My first panel almost exactly matches your option 1.

It worked out really well.

However, when I installed the SkyView, I removed all the steam gauges and haven't looked back.

It turns out they are only a backup if the EFIS looses power or burns up as it shares the same pitot and static lines.

I now recommend putting in a Dynon PocketPanel as a backup. It doesn't tie into anything but a power plug and has its own internal battery.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:01 PM
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+1 to ditch the steam gauges. Add another screen if you need a backup solution.
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:14 PM
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Default Option 3

Agree with Bruce, go all digital, but I?d place the standby display below the radios...
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:51 PM
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Default Another 3

But no steam.
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Old 11-18-2018, 06:44 AM
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Default #2

For the reason?s Ed said. Also, you can eventually replace the steam gages with something like a G5 or GRT mini without major surgery on your panel. The second 3-1/8 hole could perhaps be used for an A/P if you want to keep it seperate from your EFIS. Leaving space above the radios allows for future avionics expansion if you eventually want an IFR aircraft (that?s the reason for the G5 or Mini).
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Old 11-18-2018, 07:19 AM
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If you already have the gauges, Keep the steam! Why? Because you can and it looks cool. It requires no 'trons and you have to run pitot static lines anyway.

#3 is my vote - keeps the radios nice and close, and the EFIS in the middle of your view.....the steam is secondary of course. FWIW, I put my steam above my 12" GRT, so both are in direct line of my FOV, but seems you dont have the room for that.......(I dont have an RV...)
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:19 AM
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My suggestion, if you can't swing the G5, 2nd screen and comm 2 leave those out for now with provisions for them later.
Radio stack in this was designed for easy upgrade to GTN650 by removing comm 2 and extending the cutout.
This is a great VFR panel, but trust me, think upgrade path.

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