29 April 05 - Panel Planning
Exciting day today - mailed a check to Dynon, which feels like a pretty big
deal. We're getting to the point where most of the panel has been ordered (and
most of what's ordered is pretty close to getting here), so it's going to become
necessary to figure out what to do with all this stuff.
(Just FYI, the goals for the panel are laid out
As a result, tonight
was spent with little pictures of Dynons and little circles, and looking up
dimensions of radios and transponders on the web.
In any case, a few observations:
- First, we're not actually using the stock Van's panel, but it's
a nice spare thing to tape fake instruments to and to draw on with
sharpie pens. We're going with a modular panel, and if you look
closely, you can see sharpie outlines of where the panel frame
just drawn on this one.
- I've been in something of a quandary about a GPS system - I don't
really have the funds to put a nice panel-mount system in there, but just
carrying a handheld around isn't much fun, and the mechanisms of mounting
handhelds that I've seen so far haven't really looked all that good.
There's a company that I just heard of today, though, called
Air Gizmos, and they sell a
nifty little mounting bracket for a Garmin 196 or 296. My experience
flying with a Garmin 196 would suggest that it really wouldn't work
that well unless you can aim the screen right at you - otherwise
it's easy to not see what's going on. However, the color display of
the 296 is easy to see from just about any angle - at least that's true
if it's anything like the 295, which also has a color screen,
and seems to be ridiculously easy to see from just about anywhere.
In any case, it'll be interesting to see if this can work with one
Affordable Panel modular
panels - I think it will.
- Space is something of a problem, here. Because I'm trying to
fit this many large instruments in a panel this size, it's
necessary to have them pretty low on the panel. This means that
I'll have to figure out what to do with the switches - either
put them along the top where there's more room because of the curve,
or put a sub-panel on the bottom just for the switches. Neither
one is ideal, but right now I'm leaning towards the switches
on the top, a la
Here's the final result - looks like an RV panel . . . sort of. If you click on it
to make it bigger, you'll be able to see details on the radio stack, which are just
You'll notice that there are still things missing - we've still got
to fill in the switches, and things like the Hobbes meter, ELT,
and I'd like to stuff a CO2 detector in there somewhere, too.
Hopefully the little stuff will cluster around the map box
pretty well. Oh - also, the blank part in the lower left is
probably going to be for the clock.
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