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Old 03-09-2012, 02:29 PM
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Default Installed an AFS 5500

After doing my annual condition inspection, I (with the help of Deene Ogden) updated my Instrument Panel by removing the RMI Engine Monitor, Blue Mountain EFIS G3 Lite, Turn Coordinator, and VVI and cutting a new panel, then relocated the Garmin 420 and Indicator, and then installing and calibrating an AFS 5500. Also installed a TruTrak Gemini ADI as a standby ADI. Now to train my eyes to look in the right location to get info. It has Synthetic Vision and Maps to include GPS, Sectionals, IFR Low, Airport Diagrams, and Approach Plates

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Old 03-09-2012, 02:32 PM
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Now to train my eyes to look in the right location to get info.
Stu, good looking panel.

I know exactly what you mean, I am still forcing myself to do the same thing.

Old habits sometimes die really hard.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:14 PM
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Stu, very nice upgrade! As for the training, it's like getting transition lens, in a few flights you won't even remember and it will be automatic!

Good luck with it!
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:20 PM
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You know it is a funny thing and I have a similar panel; Look all the stuff we have in these aircraft, all the beautiful panels, and almost all of them, mine included, have Garmin 496. What a easy to use, great tool. I wish my 430 was as easy to use as the 496.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:02 AM
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....496. What a easy to use, great tool. I wish my 430 was as easy to use as the 496.
Just this week, I taught a friend how to use his 396 that came in his 182 he bought, with no owner's manual. 30 minutes on the phone and he was cross-country-ing.

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Old 03-10-2012, 09:05 AM
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You know it is a funny thing and I have a similar panel; Look all the stuff we have in these aircraft, all the beautiful panels, and almost all of them, mine included, have Garmin 496. What a easy to use, great tool. I wish my 430 was as easy to use as the 496.
I have a simillar setup in my 7A. I navigate off the 430W. It is tied into the autopilot and feeds the AFS-3500. I have a Garmin 696 off to the right. I installed it for the weather and XM radio. I like to just leave it on a wider range and use it for the big picture.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:46 PM
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Looks good Stu! I'm thinking you will love that new box!
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:22 PM
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Falcon, that's one good looking panel. I put a GRT system in mine and Slnky wonders if I ever look outside anymore. You will love it when you get comfortable with it.

I've got my 496 same place as yours but I'm using it less and less as my NAV tool.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:12 PM
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Default Gotta fly to get Comfortable

Thanks guys. Been cloudy around here with some rain for a week. Snuck in a .5 flight Wednesday, did some calibration, got another .2 on Thursday just before the front hit, more calibration. Monday looks good for a longer/higher flight to get some navigation and approaches in so I will feel comfortable headed to airshow next weekend. So far, so good. Hope to use the 496 for just Weather, TFRs, and XM Radio and a cross reference for rendezvous and transition to the 5500 magic box. The Garmin 420, SL30, G496 and G327 are all wired to the AFS 5500 so I can get info from all of them with a push of a button. But gotta keep the eyes out and just sneak a peek as required.

By the way, I should say Rob, Tricia, and Ken at AFS have been great to work with and patiently answers dumb questions as I pose them.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:35 AM
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Great looking panel! I'm due for an similar upgrade soon...
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