Wednesday April 12th, 2006|
Laid out Instrument Holes; Made Some Decisions
We've been very busy this week. Got an Orchestra deal this weekend so I've been busy with rehearsals every day. We finish that up Saturday so all will be good.
Anyway, I did find time to sit down and start drawing out my instrument locations. To me this is the best way to deal with this stuff.
Oh yeah, I've also made the hard decisions in the project. As I've mentioned several times on this site before, there are several things that you just have to compromise on when you're trying to build one of these airplanes on a budget. One of the areas that can really get out of hand is on the panel. I've decided that I'm going to have to sacrifice what I would *really* want on the panel with what I can realistically afford. The goal here is to get this thing flying on as much cash as possible and not feel like it's a huge financial burden once it's flying. I personally feel that's one of the major reasons a lot of builders sell. They build a fantastic airplane with all the gee-size gizmos then they realize they have a huge payment on their hands and they're trapped. That is clearly not where I want to end up...so here's the deal:
DRE 244E Intercom
Dynon D10A EFIS & EMS
Ok, if you're wondering why I'm not going with the big screened Dynon...I have a couple of reasons. One, it would require me to modify a rib behind the instrument panel. That's not really that big of a deal, but I would rather keep everything to plans as much as possible. The real reason is that I want to leave the panel as flexible as possible. Using the 10A, I can use a standard instrument hole and not have to worry about what happens if I tire of the Dynon. I'll just pull it out and replace it with a gyro, etc. If I have the big-screen Dynon, it requires a hole that fits it and only it and it will (IMHO...and mine's the only one that matters in this case) limit my ability to upgrade in the future.
Whatever....the D-10A is the one for me. I also like the HSI-like ability they added recently.