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Old 08-21-2007, 10:17 AM
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Not much else will be going in on the panel, the ignition key will be added on the left and a card reader for GPS plate updates will be added vertically next to the stack,, then the G-4 where shown when/if it ever gets here....thats about it. Its a small but costly panel with all the necessities for IFR flight. The gold colored processor barely fits and was a challenge fabricating installation brackets. If it ever needs removal, the stack will need to be removed first, then the processor has to slide right and then up and out. Im fabing bell horns for the aileron auto-pilot servo and roll trim actuator now. It all fits in the hell hole and its hard working down there The vents a nice aluminum non-directional with twist flow control. Could not find any new directional ones at a decent price so we went with the N/D ones. They came from AS&S,,,,about $70 @ IIRC.
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Old 08-28-2007, 01:24 PM
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The G-4 is finally in after a year and a half wait! It arrived yesterday and we scheduled a time slot for this Sunday to install it. I'll post a pic of the panel when its done.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:57 AM
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We had two really good plane days this last weekend putting in 22 hours of solid work. The little things take forever!! The panel is now finished complete with the G-4 Thane has been waiting over 18 months for, and we actually powered the panel up up for the first time. Looks like it all works! (Knock on wood) The firewall is filling up fast and it can be a challenge finding room for for things. Toms friend who lives less than a mile away is an AP. He stops by on occassion to check things out and give advice and tips when needed. He volunteered to bring out his Aeroquip tools and fabricate the engine compartment fuel/oil lines when we are ready for them.
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:22 PM
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While I was busy doing firewall aft things today, Thane and Tom were working up front doing more electrical at the IP. We all know the golden rule to disconnect the power from the battery when doing anything so Tom was unhooking the lead from the battery to the main power selonoid at the selonoid which is bolted to F-22. The wrench hit the aluminum radio stack rack which is grounded and man did sparks fly!! It did alot of damage to Thanes power supply board, ,,,,even de-soldering some of the wires and burning the board itself. This is not a DIY fix, so for the second time,,,its going back to B/M for factory repairs. The first time it went back was for a damaged breaker. I have a feeling this one may be a LITTLE more expensive to repair. Sometime's stuff just happens and we have to accept our mistakes and move forward.
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:19 PM
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More bad news form the battery short. The transponder won't work and has to go to the shop and the ELT was activated which we were unaware of and ran and transmitted all night. Thank god the antenna was not hooked up! It also has to go back though to have the very expensive hard wired lithium batteries replaced and the circuit board has to be reflashed to re-set it. This accident is turning out to be very expensive. We are replacing all the nut plates on the cowling with cam-locs. Thats almost done. The air filter box hangs too low due to the fuel injection system so we are also modifying that now also. Not a big deal, just some cutting and reglassing to make the room needed. Working on the firewall aft plumbing. Thane left today with a long shopping list and parts heading to the shop for repair. He won't be back til the 10/28 so I will have plenty of time to get the cowling done prior to his return. I feel really bad for Thane and the $$$ its going to cost him,,,,I can't imagine how bad Tom must feel. Thane's taking it pretty good though, cracking jokes as he piled the bad stuff up! We learn from our mistakes and move forward.
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