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Old 06-17-2017, 08:15 PM
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Yes, but it is a $30,000 panel.
Not really. The reality is that all in, including all switches, wiring, connectors, electrical system, relays, antennas, control sticks, and avionics, it was $23,000. Compare that to the Vans avionics kit with electrical parts and it's not much more.

It took a lot of homework, bargain shopping and do-it myself effort though.
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- RV-12 N975G, SN 120840, Build in progress...finally on the finishing kit, so, something like 90% done and 90% left to go.
- 1975 B58 Baron, N1975G (a bottomless money pit that makes building an RV look like lunch money, but it's a great airplane, hauls the family and my wife likes two engines...go figure)
- 1961 A33 Debonair, N433JC (R.I.P.)
- RV7A; didn't finish it and donated to kid's club
- Zenith CH601XL; flying somewhere in Louisiana https://youtu.be/wa_Y_A_rP_8

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Old 06-17-2017, 08:22 PM
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Amazing panel, can u fly IFR ?
Yes, I can. That was the main plan for me to be able to do my daily commute to work. I tend to have about 70 approaches a year with the marine layer on the coast and wanted to have the best situational awareness and setup I could in our little hummingbird.

Joe, thanks. It's coming along.
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- RV-12 N975G, SN 120840, Build in progress...finally on the finishing kit, so, something like 90% done and 90% left to go.
- 1975 B58 Baron, N1975G (a bottomless money pit that makes building an RV look like lunch money, but it's a great airplane, hauls the family and my wife likes two engines...go figure)
- 1961 A33 Debonair, N433JC (R.I.P.)
- RV7A; didn't finish it and donated to kid's club
- Zenith CH601XL; flying somewhere in Louisiana https://youtu.be/wa_Y_A_rP_8
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Old 06-18-2017, 01:49 PM
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Wow...impressive Ron, congrats!! I remember all those times back in the '80s where I couldn't get home to PAO because of the marine layer. I was stuck shooting an approach into SJC and waiting until about noon so I could get a SVFR clearance to PAO. I love the fact that they have an approach now and you can take advantage of it in your -12!!
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:08 PM
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Yes, I can. That was the main plan for me to be able to do my daily commute to work. I tend to have about 70 approaches a year with the marine layer on the coast and wanted to have the best situational awareness and setup I could in our little hummingbird.

Joe, thanks. It's coming along.
Isn't power for all that marginal with just the engine generator? Or are you adding an aux generator?

Also, are you leaving the pitot where it was? I'm thinking about pitot heat ...
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:00 PM
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Nice panel

How much room do you have with the Canopy frame? My panel is close and just barely fits. How thick is the bezel on the Garmin?



Look at the upper left corner of the GRT on the pilot's side - not much room.
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:01 PM
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Wow...impressive Ron, congrats!! I remember all those times back in the '80s where I couldn't get home to PAO because of the marine layer. I was stuck shooting an approach into SJC and waiting until about noon so I could get a SVFR clearance to PAO. I love the fact that they have an approach now and you can take advantage of it in your -12!!
Thanks Paul. It'll be nice for those "gentleman IFR" days. I don't have any plans to launch off into the clag for a hard IFR flight though, but it would be possible. Can't wait until we can go flying together.

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Isn't power for all that marginal with just the engine generator? Or are you adding an aux generator?

Also, are you leaving the pitot where it was? I'm thinking about pitot heat ...
I have a Garmin heated pitot with AOA that is mounted out in the left wing (...where God intended ). I have a 50A permanent magnet alternator that should do well. My computed loads are about 39A, but that's with everything on, the aux power outlet with a 5A load and full pitot heat. Pitot heat drops off pretty quick after you turn it on as the probe heats up. I expect full electrical loads around 30A, or less, in normal flight.


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Nice panel

How much room do you have with the Canopy frame? My panel is close and just barely fits. How thick is the bezel on the Garmin?

Look at the upper left corner of the GRT on the pilot's side - not much room.
Thank you!

I don't have my canopy done yet, but I did install the frame to test this as I was installing to be sure about clearance. Unless something changes dimensionally with the canopy attachment, it should be ok.

With the frame mounted


About 1/4" gap
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- RV-12 N975G, SN 120840, Build in progress...finally on the finishing kit, so, something like 90% done and 90% left to go.
- 1975 B58 Baron, N1975G (a bottomless money pit that makes building an RV look like lunch money, but it's a great airplane, hauls the family and my wife likes two engines...go figure)
- 1961 A33 Debonair, N433JC (R.I.P.)
- RV7A; didn't finish it and donated to kid's club
- Zenith CH601XL; flying somewhere in Louisiana https://youtu.be/wa_Y_A_rP_8
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:25 PM
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Ron looks good - I see the VPX - I put one in also. Your going to have a nice bird.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:01 PM
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Ron looks good - I see the VPX - I put one in also. Your going to have a nice bird.
Hey, good eyes! And thanks...lot's of "stuff" left to go.
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- RV-12 N975G, SN 120840, Build in progress...finally on the finishing kit, so, something like 90% done and 90% left to go.
- 1975 B58 Baron, N1975G (a bottomless money pit that makes building an RV look like lunch money, but it's a great airplane, hauls the family and my wife likes two engines...go figure)
- 1961 A33 Debonair, N433JC (R.I.P.)
- RV7A; didn't finish it and donated to kid's club
- Zenith CH601XL; flying somewhere in Louisiana https://youtu.be/wa_Y_A_rP_8

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