I just finished lighting up the panel and feeling like I want to share the joy.
The black stripe across the 2 GRT displays is the runway outside the shop - depicted as hard top instead of grass.
The center stack includes a 430W for the big brain, SL30, PS9000EX on the bottom. GTX327 on the right
and a backup stack with a TT ADI and TT AP. The GRT EIS is mounted on a swing out panel on the right.
An Aeroelectric Z-14 electrical system (2 batt, 2 buss, 2 alt) was utilized. Two fuse panels were installed
in the right footwell and only 4 pullable breakers were installed (flaps, AP, and 2 LRC3 regulators). Honeywell rockers and indicators round out the accessories.
The real key to making this a DIY panel was the Approach FastStack product and service. I simply listed the instruments I wanted and
generally how I wanted them to work. Tim Haas at FastStack configured his FastStack box and built a set of cables to
connect each unit to the FastStack box where most all the interconnections between units were made. More important, he
supplied a complete set of detailed documentation of the installation including a one page summary and pin by pin configuration.
I was left with connecting power and ground leads and a few other pigtail connections. Very simple, neat, and done with a
great deal of avionics expertise embedded the offering. I'd highly recommend FastStack for any DIY panel builder. (
I also bought all my non-GRT gear through Tim at good prices and with excellent service).
I was determined to do something other than having the stock air inlets poking out underneath the panel. I wanted the
nice outlets pictured here but was worried about what kind of plenum monstronsity might be required. Turns out
SCAT tubing makes an easy, tight 360degree loop and will connect the outlets with the stock NACA ports without a problem...
of course I'm not finished or flying yet.
Thanks to Bob Knuckolls and the knowledge community he leads on the Aeroelectiric List.
Thanks to Tim Haas at FastStack for really knowing what he's doing.
Thanks to Stein for contributing so much to the community in general.
And a real big thanks to all the builders who post and share their building efforts!
Bill "I sure would like to fly this thing in 2010" Watson