Tuesday March 27th, 2007|
Misc. Stuff; Final Installed Radio Trays
Today I received an order from Aircraft Spruce (which I ordered yesterday, BTW -- I get everything in one day from them since they opened their East coast location just south of the city). In the order were some black oxide screws. I permanently installed the blank cover. A while back I had attempted to strip this thing so I could paint it the same color as the instrument panel, but with the autopilot now installed I think it looks better black, so I repainted it black with the same flat black that I used for the glareshield. I think the panel is looking awesome these days.
Next I installed the stickers on the pilot's stick grip. Note the autopilot disconnect button on the right momentary button.
Also in my order was a bunch of #8 washers, nuts and screws for final installing the radio trays. These are a bit of a bear to get to but it's definitely doable.
I also made up this little strip for supporting the rear of the transponder tray. Then I used it as a guide to make another one for the other side. The transponder tray is shorter than the others and doesn't penetrate the subpanel. Therefore it must be supported. I attached it to the GPS tray. The SL-40 and GX-50 trays are wedged into the subpanel and they aren't going anywhere.
What you can't see is that I also installed the d-sub shells on the back of the trays. Well, on the back of the SL-40 and GX-50 trays. I need to look around for the GTX-320A hardware.