With the firewall finished I now have all the major components assembled and have to work out how, and in what order, to put these things together. Part of the problem to solve is where the non-metal parts go that aren't covered by the instructions but clearly have to be installed before panels get riveted over them.

So that got me thinking about my panel and I think I am fairly comfortable with this as my first "definite" decision; can't help feeling I will make more decisions before I am done.

iEFIS from MGL: http://www.mglavionics.com/html/iefis.html

Transponder: Panel mounted STX165 from Sandia http://www.sandia.aero/?q=STX165

Radio: V06 from MGL http://www.mglavionics.com/html/radios.html

Power Panel: one of the Composite Design ones that fits best http://compositedesigninc.com/Standard_Power_Panel.htm

and of course there will be the ELT and flaperons indicators etc.

ELT and COM antennas will go on top of the fuselage, forward of the baggage back (thinking one on the baggage back, the other sharing the rivet line on the top channel). Transponder antenna underneath the baggage compartment, ELT back there also. 

I wonder a little about adding some steam gauges but after looking at videos of Zenith's 750 and the new Cruzer I think I would do just fine with the list above. Not sure I can afford that, let alone adding more to it. I need to find some life size images of this things to see how/if it will fit.

Anyway, mostly thinking out loud and maybe if someone reads this they can scream at me that I am being stupid or crazy. All ideas and suggestions accepted, all a learning experience for me.

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Comment by Bill Alexander on April 17, 2013 at 11:31am

The Voyager. the other indicator is the elevator trim.I messed up on those locations, both should be on the same side (left) for ease of operation with left hand. The wiring is not too bad, the pre made  harnesses just plug from one unit to the other, effis, transponder,radio,etc.Yes I like one steam gage (airspeed) I have two separate pitot tubes, one on each wing.


Comment by Paul Sanders on April 17, 2013 at 11:06am

Nice panel Bill, and yes very close to what I am thinking about. I'm curious about the two indicators either side of the transponder - I'm thinking one is flaperons, what is the other one?

And what size EFIS is that - the Odyssey or the Voyager?

Any thoughts on how easy the MGL products are to install ? I like the utility (and the price) but it all looks quite complicated.



Comment by Bill Alexander on April 17, 2013 at 10:50am

I did something close to what you suggested.

Comment by Bill Alexander on April 17, 2013 at 10:49am

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