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Old 01-22-2020, 09:30 AM
ZemsRV4 ZemsRV4 is offline
 
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Working on a SkyView panel upgrade and wanted to make a panel with the 7” Skyview for the rear seat. But the canopy support bracket gets in the way when the canopy is closed. Has anyone seen a workaround or mod to the bracket to be less intrusive? One of the downsides to the clamshell canopy on the -4.

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Old 01-22-2020, 04:47 PM
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Will you have control stick clearance? Pretty tight back there.
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:50 AM
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Yes, I have a rear seat stick. Doesn’t leave much room between the stick and the canopy bracket.
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:41 AM
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Grab a dynon D2 or D3. Mount that to the back canopy bow.
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Old 01-28-2020, 02:10 PM
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Working on a SkyView panel upgrade and wanted to make a panel with the 7” Skyview for the rear seat. But the canopy support bracket gets in the way when the canopy is closed. Has anyone seen a workaround or mod to the bracket to be less intrusive? One of the downsides to the clamshell canopy on the -4.

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Zem
Zem,
I'm a Jurassic RV4 builder from the "light is right" or KISS (keep it simple stupid) generation. I never intended or needed a rear seat panel as I considered rear passenger foot-wells and a good fresh air vent/ heated seat cushion more important for rear pax comfort (which they are).
I always thought anybody back there could or should just look over my shoulder like flying the J-3 Cub. That said, I had a pilot bro/fellow 4 builder ride with me a few times so I mounted an old Garmin 196 back there on the canopy bow fed through a 12V plug in adapter from Auto Zone I had installed during the build, primarily for that aforementioned heated seat cushion (which my wife loved). I set the GPS in "instrument panel" mode and voila' easy, light, removable rear panel.

And most importantly, easy....
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Old 02-19-2020, 10:38 PM
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I know it won’t be the Dynon per-say but I’ve seen folks mount an iPad back there and Foreflight receives the AHARS data from the Dynon system and has a nice little EFIS in the back that is simple and removable! (To be fair, this is what I’m planning on doing with mine )


EDIT:

Found that link -- http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...?t-123017.html
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