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Scott Spangler
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#1 Posted: 5/3/2010 08:56:57

 

For July issue of Avionics News, which will be distributed at EAA AirVenture, I’m writing a survey story about the avionics and instrument people put in  their warbirds, antique, classic, and contemporary vintage aircraft; and traveling, fun flying, and classic homebuilts. And I’d like your help!

So, specifically, what make, model, and year airplane to do own, and what make and model communication, navigation, surveillance radios, and/or instruments are in your panel?

Why did you decide on this equipment?

Did you buy new or used equipment?

Who did the install, you or an avionics shop?

Is this an original installation or an upgrade?

If upgrading, what equipment are you replacing?

You can respond here in the forum or send me a message, and I’d appreciate it if you would provide your full name and hometown. Thanks for your help!

Scott Spangler



Ron Wanttaja
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#2 Posted: 5/3/2010 09:34:08

1982 Bowers Fly Baby, based out of Auburn Washington.

Comm:  ICOM IC-A5 handheld radio, permanently installed in the aircraft, wired to the electrical system and to external headphone jacks and PTT switch.

Bought this unit new, as it was about $500 less expensive than the nearest conventional panel-mounted radio.  Did the installation myself.  Previous radio was a Narco Escort II that developed transmitter problems (it was mounted in a different location).


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Transponder:  Microair T2000, replacing a Terra TRT250 that went bad.  Bought the Microair because it was the least-expensive round-format transponder.  Had an avionics shop build up a harness, installed the unit myself, then had the shop do the cert.

Navigation:  Garmin 12XL GPS (made for hikers) on a temporary mount.

Instruments:  Basic VFR panel, mostly "steam gauges."  Only exception is an electronic tach.

 

Ron Wanttaja



Ron Wanttaja
Scott Spangler
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#3 Posted: 5/3/2010 09:49:29

Thanks, Ron!



Rick Pellicciotti
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#4 Posted: 5/18/2010 09:29:47

1992 Long-EZrg with 600 hours on it.  Standard 6-pack, vacuum gyro panel with 1 radio.  Upgraded to GRT Dual Screen EFIS with Garmin 420 and SL30.  This setup gave IFR capability, two comms, IFR legal GPS and VOR/LOC/GS capability.  The steam gauge instruments, vacuum pump and plumbing were removed.  Actually reduced empty weight.  Did all of the work my self.  Documented on this web page:

http://www.rocket-boys.com/panel.htm

 

 



Rick Pellicciotti, Falco N63KC http://www.prowlerjaguar.com
Luke Wuest
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#5 Posted: 5/26/2010 11:28:41

1999 Hatx XB1, 250 hrs tt

Klx-135 GPS/COM

Kt- 76A transponder

Vintage Turn and Bank, DG, vacumm powered off side venturi.

Originally installed by builder.



Christopher Carlson
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#6 Posted: 5/26/2010 22:25:03 Modified: 5/26/2010 22:47:01

 Though I DO have a T&B as well as an Lowrance 2000 7HT is eyeball ops only...

This is the original configuration from 1982 less an AH, DG and a Nav radio.

 

 

                     Chris DTN (Shreveport Downtown)
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Tom Mitchell
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#7 Posted: 5/27/2010 20:25:28

Building a Sonerai IIS.  The panel was built when there was 3 feet of snow on the ground last winter.  NavCom is an Icom A24 on a ram mount in the pilot's position (rear seat).  Most of the gages are used, but engine gages are new.  Coming soon, a Garmin Aera, to add a little redundancy (and bling), which will be mounted on a shorter panel in the pilot's position, along with a turn/bank, switches and breakers.

 

Tom Mitchell



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Andy Gamache
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#8 Posted: 5/28/2010 00:03:19

Hi Scott,

 

I fly a Tango (www.teamtango.com). My original panel consisted of a Blue Mountain Avionics EFIS-1, GX-60 GPS/Comm, SL-30 Nav/Comm and GTX-330 Transponder. I also had a four pack of backup instruments (Airspeed, Altimeter, Tru-Trak Attitude Indicator and VOR head). Unfortunately the accelerometer on the BMA unit failed, and with the company being out of business, I was left without viable support. My new panel is currently being install by Treasure Coast Avionics in Fort Peirce, Fl (same folks that did my original install). It will consist of the Advanced Flight Deck 4500 w/ autopilot to replace the BMA equipment and the Garmin GNS-430w to replace the GX-60.

 

My initial decision for the BMA package was price, efficiency and weight. I loved the unit and would gladly bought another one if they were still in business. For the Advanced unit, I wanted to stay with an EFIS. I also needed/wanted to be able to plug in my FADEC source. Advance, as well as the BMA unit, fully supports the FADEC inputs. As far as the 430 goes, the Advanced unit really takes advantage of the 430's capabilities and the GX-60 was losing it's support from Garmin.

 

In the not too distant future, I'm planning on installing the NavWorx ADS600. Just waiting on a show special.

 

<---My name is over there. As far as hometown is concerned, I'm pretty much homeless, by my Tango lives at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport (MEB) in North Carolina for the time being.



Scott Spangler
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#9 Posted: 5/28/2010 21:34:47

Thanks to everyone who responded to my survey. It really helped with the story.

Scott