18 Dec 05 - Subpanel Planning, Drilling

Lots of drilling and planning, today: getting the rest of the holes drilled in the subpanel and figuring out what is going to go where. There was a lot of effort put into planning this out and spacing the switches, so this probably took longer than it needed to.

Subpanel with all the holes in it.
Co-pilot push-to-talk switch. This is not in the (removable) stick as it is on the pilot's side, as otherwise you'd have to disconnect the wires every time you took it out. This button is far enough over to the right that we had to carve out a bit of the attach bracket for the air vent.
DC Power. This is actually from (ahem) the aviation department at Auto Zone. Mounts nicely in the panel, though, and seems sturdy and well made.

Well, that's a whole lot of holes. What are they all for? Here's a list, going from left to right:

* Awkward situation, here. At the moment, I'm still hoping that Dynon will come out with their heated angle of attack pitot tube. It's been in development for as long as I've been working on this airplane. If they don't, then I'll have to pick between the Dynon angle of attack pitot and someone else's heated pitot. However, I'm planning on buying the Dynon heated angle of attack pitot as soon as it comes out, so I may end up with two pitot tubes, here. In any case, we're going to be optimistic about it and wire it for heat and angle of attack . . . and just see what happens.

** The details behind what this circuit breaker actually does can be seen on one of the older drafts of the electrical system.

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