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Old 05-11-2008, 09:01 PM
mikeangiulo mikeangiulo is offline
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Why is it that everyone seems to install mechanical Airspeed and Altimeter gauges in panels with full EFIS screens? Is it an IFR thing (to have a TSO'ed altimeter or something)?

I'm planning a VFR only panel with an AFS3500 and no other dials. Am I missing something?
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Old 05-11-2008, 09:36 PM
gpiney gpiney is offline
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Default Backup, Backup, Backup

Originally Posted by mikeangiulo View Post
Why is it that everyone seems to install mechanical Airspeed and Altimeter gauges in panels with full EFIS screens? Is it an IFR thing (to have a TSO'ed altimeter or something)?

I'm planning a VFR only panel with an AFS3500 and no other dials. Am I missing something?
To me, nothing more than backup in case of catastrophic electrical failure.
I plan on having steam ASI ALT VSI and a compass. EFIS yet to be determined but am currently leaning to MGL Voyager. I am still a couple 3 years from writing a check. MGL should also have black box Comm units by then. No panel space needed.
Greg Piney
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:35 AM
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Andy Hill Andy Hill is offline
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Why is it that everyone seems to install mechanical Airspeed and Altimeter gauges in panels with full EFIS screens?
In the UK we have to... In fact, I tend to use them more anyway than the EFIS ones - much easier to read / interpret.

Also, if you place them correctly, they can easily be seen from the back...

Andy & Ellie Hill
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:15 AM
cholladay cholladay is offline
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I will fly some light IFR and have them for back ups
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:39 PM
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Here is a pic of my latest and hopefully last(at least for a little while anyway) panel in my newest RV8. After building a super panel for 3JT(RV6A), a minimalist panel for 4JT(RV8), an IFR panel in 5JT(RV8 modified for the person who bought it). I have come up with what I believe, after considerable experience flying these planes, the ultimate bang for the buck panel.

Fire away!

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RV4, RV4, RV6A, RV8, RV8, RV8,RV8, RV8, RV8, RV12
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:13 AM
jcbarker jcbarker is offline
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I see you are using a "Panel Dock" for your 496. It appears to be tilted "up". Do you have a sketch for your bracket? How much did you tilt it? Was this angle based on experience?

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:46 PM
tomagin tomagin is offline
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Here is a picture of the newly "lit up" panel in my RV-8. The panel features a Vertical Power VP-200 electrical system. Installation was very straighforward with the control unit installed in the "well" in the forward baggage compartment. The standard Vans RV-8 panel would not accomodate the Dynon D-180 and the display unit for the VP-200 within the vertical dimensions. Experimental Air fabricated a panel with the center widened by one inch in order to make it work. In addition to the Dynon and VP-200 the panel has a Becker 4201 Com, GNS-430W, GTX-300 Mode S Transponder, PS Engineering PMA-900EX audio panel, TruTrak ADI as the back up horizon, TruTrak Digiflight II VSGV 2 axis autopilot, GPS-496 in the Air Gizmo docking station and "steam" backup altimeter and airspeed.

Tom Agin
Port Orange, FL
QB RV-8 completed!!
XIO-360-M1B with LASAR
GNS-430, GI-106A, GTX-330, 9000EX, Becker 4201, Digiflight II VSGV, ADI, Dynon Dlight Dek 180, Vertical Power VP-200
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:50 PM
chris mitchell chris mitchell is offline
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Tom - you beat me! Nice job, I like the custom panel with the little extension.

Here's my panel, I guess basic VFR, Dynon and Garmin both lit up. In the UK we have to have ASI, altimeter and compass (way over on the left).

G-meter will be visible to a passenger, radio and transponder below that. Back up engine gauges on the right, tho probably only the tachometer would be visible to a passenger. It's designed so that switches I shouldn't need while flying (master, magnetos) are on the right; switches I might need while flying (taxi, landing, position lights, strobe, pitot heat) are on the left. Warning lights onl the left - pitot heat and fuel pump - can be on in flight. Warning lights on the right (canopy lock, Dynon master caution, low volts) should not be on in flight. Finish is black crackle, probably a mistake as its difficult to get lettering to adhere. Oh well, the next one I'll get right. Stick top has flaps, fuel pump, starter and trim.


Canopy just about complete.
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:58 PM
scottp1111 scottp1111 is offline
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Default RV 6 Panel Scott Penton's N23412

The above link is a picture of my panel at night. In the panel is of course your standard six pack plus the Dynon D10-A The advanced flight systems engine monitor , a Garmin 496 , the King KMD 150 Moving Map GPS , King Kx155 with King Kt76a transponder. The panel has post lights and also electroluminsent lighting. I will attach also a daylight shot and some aircraft pictures. Daylight shot from outside of panel

Airplane Pictures

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:30 PM
Ted RV8 Ted RV8 is offline
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I'm curious on your stick height with that extended bottom dash. Does your stick still go under the dash or did you do an "s" bend stick so the stick is in front of the dash?

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