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Old 07-01-2017, 08:32 PM
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Default KELLI GIRL gets IFR and ADS-B Out

Kelli and I lost out on one too many trips due to the weather. When I told Kelli I was cancelling an upcoming cross country because the forecast was just too iffy, she pronounced a new set of priorities for her airplane and her pilot (me): Get the IFR mod and ticket. Here we go...

I originally built KELLI GIRL with an all-SkyView VFR configuration:





Walt Aranow of EXP Aircraft Service at my home field (NW Regional, 52F) does fantastic panel work, so I hired him for the 2-week job. We moved some switches around, removed the PAR100EX radio/intercom and the SkyView radio, and replaced them with:
Garmin GTN-650 (WAAS GPS, VOR/LOC/ILS, VHF comm radio, GPS source for ADS-B out)
Garmin GTR-200 (VHF comm radio)
Garmin GMA-245 (intercom with BlueTooth phone and music)
Dynon SkyView Autopilot Control Panel (enables all pitch/roll autopilot modes without having to dig around in the sub-menus)

The work begins...

First he removed the 10" SkyView displays (to create work space) and cut a big square section out of the center panel:


He then extended the hole forward into the sub-panel to accommodate the GTN-650's extended length:


Walt worked with Stein at SteinAir to create a cover plate that'll cover the big center hole while accommodating the trays for the GTN, GMA, GTR, and Autopilot control panel:




Almost everything plugged in and working. The Dynon Autopilot control panel was a late arrival, but all else worked. Note also the row of small toggles across the top center: They are for my boost pump and exterior lights. I like using the small toggles, and they're possible thanks to my VPX Vertical Power Pro:


Oh, and Dynon's heated pitot/AOA:


All wired, connected, labeled, holes filled, ready to fly:


...and the panel has already proved itself, as I have now already met the 40+ hours of IFR training under CFII Matthew Hood (Positive Rate LLC).


Note: How can you tell if you have a real hard-a$$ CFII? Foggles...in the cloud!
(Actually, Matt is a fantastic instructor. Knows his stuff, entertaining, has a knack for finding your limits then ratcheting back a notch so LEARNING still occurs. I definitely picked the right guy, and I strongly recommend him for your IFR training).

If I can just get on my examiner's schedule, I'll have the IFR ticket done.

Cheers, hats off, and three Sierra Hotels to:
- Walt Aranow at EXP...you really do great work, my friend.
- Stein, for the perfectly fitting panel plate.
- Matt Hood, for running me through the ringer. The check-ride CAN'T be THAT tough. I'm ready.
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"KELLI GIRL" N260KM RV-7A tipper, YIO-360M1B with dual PMAGs, dual SkyView, GTN-650, VPX, EarthX LiFePO.
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:57 PM
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Default Congrats!

Sid, great news......for both you and the plane
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Old 07-01-2017, 11:29 PM
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What did you do for ADSB-out? And -in?
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:32 AM
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Congrats! I want an airplane that capable some day...
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:11 AM
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What did you do for ADSB-out? And -in?
Hi Bob.
I have had ADSB-IN with the Skyview ADSB receiver, although I did take advantage of Dynon's trade-in offer for the new dual-band receiver.

ADSB-OUT: I have also already carried the Skyview Mode-S transponder, which will send the OUT signal if it has a WAAS GPS position available. The GTN650 provides the WAAS GPS info.
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Northwest Regional, Roanoke TX (52F...home of DR's Van Cave)
"KELLI GIRL" N260KM RV-7A tipper, YIO-360M1B with dual PMAGs, dual SkyView, GTN-650, VPX, EarthX LiFePO.
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:29 AM
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AWESOME upgrade!!

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Old 07-02-2017, 09:34 PM
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Sounds like you'll
Have the ifr check in time for Oshkosh. Good luck
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Old 07-03-2017, 09:47 AM
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Default Great upgrade report!

You will really enjoy the extra capability, Sid, not just on "fer-shor" solid IFR days, but on those days when it's kinda scuzzy marginal VFR-ish...I was losing more than a few trips due to those conditions, frankly.

It's soooo nice to be able to punch thru a layer at 1200' AGL, get on top at 4000 and not worry about obstacles, terrain, etc. I think the IFR workload is much less than trying to scud run...less stressful, too.

If you don't have one, be looking for B&C to put their vacuum pad backup alternator on sale...great unit, and I picked one up at a discount during last years OSH event.

Fly safe,

Rob
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Old 07-03-2017, 10:04 AM
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I make sure to state ominously whenever our plans (in the cherokee) have to be altered due to weather and lack of optimal nav gear... you are lucky she bit!

Congrats! I think instrument is the toughest ride but it sure seems like you are ready!
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:08 PM
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Awesome dash! Well done......
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