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Old 10-04-2012, 02:29 PM
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Default Getting started on new panel

Been working slowly on getting started with my new G3X based panel.

I have been tossing the idea around my pumpkin to allow Front Panel Express to cut, finish and engrave my panel and have come up with the following as a design:

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Not sure on color yet as they offer several options in both anodized and powder coat.

This is going to be a 3 screen G3X system with:
TT Gemini PFD backup (re-use)
TT GX Pilot AP
PSE Audio panel
Garmin 430W (re-use)
Icom A210 2nd Com (re-use)
Stein Vents (re-use)
VPX power system
Garmin GDL-39 behind panel (re-use)
Garmin GTX-23ES behind panel
TT TS-83 behind panel (re-use)
Backup battery behind panel
Van's dimmers (re-use)
ELT controller (re-use)

Plan to keep my 796 and mount it on a ball mount to hang just below the panel centered.

The panel is 1.5" longer vertically than stock. Same as my existing one.
I plan to re-use the aluminum angles that wrap the top from my existing panel. Bottom edge will get a new reinforcing angle. These angles will get bolted on with 4-40 screws. I am bolting in the radio stack support rails.

The existing panel support ribs will have to be relocated and I allowed space for them and pre-drilled the holes.

So what do you guys think...Did I miss anything? Any gotcha's going to get me? Would you just have to change something? Do you think I am crazy?
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:45 PM
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Default Looks good.

Brantel, where are the holes for the two ribs that attach to the forward bulkhead?

[kentb] Never mind, I see them now.

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Old 10-04-2012, 03:07 PM
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My thought would be flip nav and strobe switches. Strobe is first on and first off if causing problems.

I would move boost pump over between elec. trim and flap.... It's just part of that t/o landing group.

I would move the avionics switch out by itself in that area above the left vent centered between the two round cutouts. You only have one reason to reach up there.

The panel looks great!
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:10 PM
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Good catch on flipping the NAV and Strobe switches. Not sure why I put them in that order to start with....

I use my boost pump during start so that is why I have it where it is in the flow. Thanks for the suggestion.

I like the idea of one continuous flow for startup. Putting the avionics master up there breaks that flow and I hate reaching across or switching hands on the stick. Also thanks for this suggestion

I think I am gonna add the Pitot heat to the "Heat" grouping.

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My thought would be flip nav and strobe switches. Strobe is first on and first off if causing problems.

I would move boost pump over between elec. trim and flap.... It's just part of that t/o landing group.

I would move the avionics switch out by itself in that area above the left vent centered between the two round cutouts. You only have one reason to reach up there.

The panel looks great!
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:18 PM
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Anyone with similar gear found any reason to put in any panel mounted 9 pin D-shell or USB connectors for updates? (something I wish I had done for my existing Dynon setup)

Not sure it makes any sense for the G3X based system???

The Gemini has a TS-83 module for updates but I think I will leave it behind the panel since there is really no reason to get to it or see it in flight.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:36 PM
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You update the G3X with SD cards Brian - no need for exposed USB connectors or D-Subs....very convenient!

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Old 10-04-2012, 08:40 PM
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You update the G3X with SD cards Brian - no need for exposed USB connectors or D-Subs....very convenient!

Paul
That's what I thought...just wanted to confirm. So busy on other things, I have no time to comb the manuals to be sure.

Not sure I will be able to control myself after I get this panel blank back. It is going to be screaming for me to start ripping out my old one.

It and Stein will have to wait however.

So far the pricing tool has this panel blank and all the machining, engraving and color in-fill costing ~$300.00. Seems reasonable.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:57 PM
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Looks good. You have likely already considered this and rejected it, but what about putting the engine controls on a separate bracket that attaches to the bottom of the panel? Then you don't have to pull the panel when you replace/repair/maintain them. Just a thought.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:17 PM
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Pretty sweet Brian! I don't know how you do it. There's plenty I would like to buy but nothing ever sounds better than 100ll. Man I love flying that thing!
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:24 AM
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I see a hole for prop pitch control - thought you had a fixed pitch unit?
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