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Old 11-14-2012, 03:38 PM
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This thread will serve as a place where I will document start to finish the process of turning this:



into this:

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Mounted remotely will be:

GDL39
DeltaPop UAT antenna for the GDL39
GTX23ES transponder
VPX-Pro
Aera 796 GPS

After much sole searching, many sleepless nights, selling of body parts, many calls and emails, the order commitment has been sent to Stein.

I have ordered my panel blank to be machined, powder coated, engraved and in filled by Front Panel Express. So far they have been excellent to work with and I will be posting an example of their work hopefully next Tuesday.

Here is a screen shot of the panel blank from the FPE CAD/Costing/Ordering software:

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As soon as I get started ripping out the old stuff, I will be posting it for sale here in the classified's. Be on the lookout for these great items as each and every one of them have given me excellent service.

Thats all for now....

UPDATE:

Due to a color matching issue, I decided to change gears and order a second panel that is Grey to match the rest of the interior. Here is an updated rendering of the panel:

Updated 12/9/2013 to show the Dynon D6 that replaced the Gemini PFD.

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Old 11-14-2012, 05:14 PM
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Looks fantastic. I assume this setup will give you the full boat of ADSB capability. We have a single 696 in our plane (along with the GRT setup) and I am always impressed of the capability and quality of the display.

Good luck! Keep us posted.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:25 PM
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Looks fantastic. I assume this setup will give you the full boat of ADSB capability. We have a single 696 in our plane (along with the GRT setup) and I am always impressed of the capability and quality of the display.

Good luck! Keep us posted.
Thanks,

Yes, the GDL39 interfaces with the G3X system to display FIS-B weather, TIS-B and dual band air to air traffic. The remote mounted GTX23ES transponder along with the GTN650 provides the ADS-B out function.
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:52 PM
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That would be an interesting and long thread Brian. Surreal Reality. That's a lot of gas in that panel enough to get around the globe I guess . Keep us posted no delay please ...

One question; Any reasons for keeping iComm? Definitely nice looking but other then that why?
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:07 PM
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That would be an interesting and long thread Brian. Surreal Reality. That's a lot of gas in that panel enough to get around the globe I guess . Keep us posted no delay please ...

One question; Any reasons for keeping iComm? Definitely nice looking but other then that why?
A ton of the fun of this hobby for me is the engineering, integration and technical side of making and using such a panel. Some are natural born repeat offenders building many airplanes, I think I am something like that but with panels!

The icom is staying because I already own it and it works great for a second com. No good reason to get rid of it....

With it and the 650, I can listen to 4 frequencies at once.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:19 PM
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Very nice! And just to think that I recently cringed, writing the check for $14,000 for my -12 Avionics. I'd hate to write THAT check for your amazing panel.

It's going to look spectacular!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:26 PM
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Very nice! And just to think that I recently cringed, writing the check for $14,000 for my -12 Avionics. I'd hate to write THAT check for your amazing panel.

It's going to look spectacular!
Brian:

I need you to adopt me. How would you like to adopt me and my RV-8? She sure could use a new panel too. I'd help keep yours washed and polished!
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:49 PM
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Saving lots of money by leveraging items I already own like the GDL39, 796, Gemini PFD. Getting the GX-Pilot as a Chrismas gift (I hope if I'm good) All proceeds from sale of removed items will go straight to the bottom line. Doing as much of the work myself helps as well. Not made of money but like many people say, if you want it bad enough, you will find a way. That's how the plane was originally completed so it should work for this as well.

I give all the credit to the big man upstairs!
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Lyc. O-360 carbed, HARTZELL BA CS Prop, Dual P-MAGs, Dual Garmin G3X Touch
Track N159SB (KK4LIF)
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Default Curious about why remote the 796?

What are your plans for the 796? Why remote? Just curious what you have in mind that you are not already getting from your G3X?
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:50 PM
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What are your plans for the 796? Why remote? Just curious what you have in mind that you are not already getting from your G3X?
Nothing really other than I love the 796 and its interface. It makes for a great backup to the G3X as far as situational awareness, terrain avoidance, charts and plates, weather and traffic go. If the G3X system dies, I still have a ton of features in the 796 to complete the mission. I now run a paperless cockpit so I like the idea of having a backup display for charts and plates. Being portable it also can be used for flight planning and the like.

Remote mount was most likely a poor choice of words on my part. It will find a home on a Ram ball mount someplace just not mounted on the main panel.

Time will tell on how much I use it with the new panel. If it turns out not so much, I may sell it. Just not ready to part with it yet. It is an amazing device.
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RV-7/TU, #72823, N159SB
Lyc. O-360 carbed, HARTZELL BA CS Prop, Dual P-MAGs, Dual Garmin G3X Touch
Track N159SB (KK4LIF)
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