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Old 12-27-2019, 09:53 AM
F1 Rocket F1 Rocket is offline
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Default N14ZM new panel
N14ZM is finally flying again with her new all Garmin panel. This was a major project that (as always with me) had some major scope creep. The original panel was a mix of 1st generation Dynon, Tru Trak, and Garmin radios. The electrical system was all CB?s located on the panel. What originally was planned as a Dynon display update and ADS-B install quickly turned into a completely new all Garmin panel, which then turned into a re wire of 90% of the airplane. Every switch was replaced and the electrical system split between a new fuse box and a few panel mounted CB?s. Lots of work for sure but well worth it
F1 Rocket #25
N14ZM "Dreamer"
Melboring, FL
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:13 AM
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That is a stunning panel, nicely done! I am ready to take delivery any time.......
RV-8, Aerosport IO-360M1B, MT 3 blade, AFS 5500
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Old 12-27-2019, 10:29 AM
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Default That is just

ridiculous ---ly cool!

And your wiring is WAY to neat. How the heck are you going to get frustrated and ticked off when you can't locate the right wire?

The panel layout itself is awesome.
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Old 12-27-2019, 12:10 PM
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Default Absolutely gorgeous!

I love the access you have behind the panel and the panel and workmanship are gorgeous! Congrats!!
Bill VonDane (BVD)
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Old 12-27-2019, 06:10 PM
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Lovely! Any insights to share on the panel labeling/screen printing??
Would very much like to upgrade my panel graphics.

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Old 12-27-2019, 06:58 PM
Northernliving Northernliving is offline
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Originally Posted by pjc View Post
Lovely! Any insights to share on the panel labeling/screen printing??
Would very much like to upgrade my panel graphics.

I'd also like to know who did you labeling. I'm in the middle of a new layout, and find this to be quite an inspiration. Very nice.
Brian J.
Boston, MA
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:12 PM
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Very nice Danny! Finally get to enjoy it again.

Please don't PM me! Email only!

Bob Japundza CFI A&PIA
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Old 12-28-2019, 01:28 AM
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Looks simply amazing! Nice job.
Mark Swaney - N76TR
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Old 12-28-2019, 07:05 AM
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Thanks for all the nice comments. As I said earlier this project was a lot of work. I did have some help. Nearly everything was purchased from Steinair who put up with my multiple change requests without ever making me feel like I was being the pain that I felt I was. It took a while to get everything to fit, with me on the phone with Stein taking measurements and Stein revising the layout. After all the locations were set, I had them cut the panel and install the radio stack mounting angles. Steinair also provided an interconnect wiring diagram. I really, really wanted them to do the harness for me too but price and lead time for that was beyond my budget and schedule. In the end I don’t think a pre wired harness would have worked out anyway. One of the biggest challenges was finding places to mount everything and this was an iterative process. A lot of effort went into making sure everything new and old remained serviceable after everything was installed.
The placards are reverse engraved and were done by Aircraft Engravers. They did the original ones almost 15 years ago. Wayne and his son Matthew are great to work with. The new placards match the old ones perfectly in style and color.

Towards the end of this project I met some new friends, Brian and Ingrid who are just getting started on their own Rocket. Brian works at Velocity Aircraft installing panels. Ingrid fly’s for Southwest. Both are very knowledgeable on the Garmin system so it was nice having them check things out and help with the initial setup. Turns out they live only a block and half away from me
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Melboring, FL
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Old 12-29-2019, 04:23 PM
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Very, very nice. It's just amazing what we can use for avionics in our experimental airplanes. My father flew B-17H in WWII... he would absolutely flip out if he saw my RV-12 with four(4) 7" flat panel color displays.
Jim Stricker - EAA #499867
PPL/ASEL 1970 - Sport Pilot since 2007
80 hrs Flying Aeronca Chief 11AC N86203
1130 hrs Flying 46 Piper J-3 Cub N6841H
Bought Flying RV-12 #120058 Oct 2015 with 48TT - Hobbs now 750

LSRM-A Certificate 2016 for RV-12 N633CM
Special Thanks... EJ Trucks - USN Crew Chief A-4 Skyhawk
MJ Stricker (Father - CFI) - USAAF 1st Lt. Captain B-17H
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