October 28, 2010
My panel currently looks like the following. This is a lousy photo but am posting due to some conversation on the Q-List.
April 18, 2009
I purchased and installed an MGL Flight-2 instrument this past week and flew with it today. I LOVE IT! My old steam gauge altimeter had been acting up for awhile. When I started looking for a replacement, I found both new and used altimeters to be way too expensive - they aren't made out of gold! Upon searching further, I found the MGL Flight-2 and fell in love. It includes airspeed, altimeter, rate of climb, tach, fuel level, barometric pressure, true airspeed, density altitude, temperature, and on and on.
January 1, 2009
Update: After 130 hours of flight, the window tint still shows no signs of coming off. My only complaint so far is that I wish it was darker. I may upgrade to that darker tint option before summer.
May 3, 2008
When I installed the RWS EC2 EFI controller, may panel was changed somewhat. I thought an updated photo was in order.
May 1, 2008
After 50 hours of flight, the window tint shows no signs of coming off. I consider the solution a success!
August 20, 2007
The sun here in New Mexico makes for a VERY hot cockpit! I looked to see what was available in the way of tinting film and found a product at the local AutoZone Auto Parts named “Static Cling Window Film”, made by “Gila” and comes in 2’ x 6.5’ rolls. I purchased the version that blocks 65% of the light and 35% of the UV. This film is sorta rubbery, will stretch slightly, and uses only soap and water for application (no adhesive). I initially tried installing this on the inside of the canopy but was unable to get a good application So, I figured I’d try the outside. This worked great. The film is able to stretch enough to make the slight outside bowl shape and was easy to access and squeegee out the bubbles. Since this was an experiment, I didn’t bother to get the film cut or applied symmetrically. I’ve got about 5 hours of flight time on it now and there is no sign of it starting to pull away or separate from the canopy. Next time I have to re-apply the film, I will select the version of this film that blocks more light. The one real advantage that I see to this approach is that the film can be removed during the cooler months when the solar heat is desired and then re-applied for the warmer months.
August 21, 2005
I was able to splurge at Oshkosh and got a new Lowrance 2000c color GPS. I mounted it directly to my panel. I am able to see the important part of all gauges. While the user-interface is not the greatest, it is easy to get used to and operate. I love the color and different views that it provides. It is visible in all lighting conditions and makes for much less stressful flying (situational awareness).
I completely rebuilt my cockpit. Much time was spent cleaning up glass work, building a new panel, converting to a forward hinged canopy, and rewiring.