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.
- Master On/Off
- Right Mag On/Off/Engine Start
- Left Mag On/Off
- Fuel Pump On/Off/Prime
- Ebus On/Off
- Pitot Heat*
- Altitude Hold Kill Switch
- Altitude Hold On/Off
- Carb Heat
- Landing Lights On/Wigwag/Off
- Navigation Lights On/Off
- Strobes On/Off
- Panel Light Dimmer
- 5 Amp Circuit Breaker **
- Cabin Heat
- Power (Laptop, iPod, flashlight, whatever)
- Copilot Push-to-Talk
** The details behind what this circuit breaker actually does can be seen on
one of the
older drafts of the
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