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    Everybody is all over the Garmin. What about the Sandia Quattro?
    https://sandia.aero/product/sai-340-quattro/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Everybody is all over the Garmin. What about the Sandia Quattro?
    https://sandia.aero/product/sai-340-quattro/
    Pretty busy display for that small, I keep the alt and speed tapes turned off on my Aspen for that reason and it’s about the same width just taller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Everybody is all over the Garmin. What about the Sandia Quattro?
    https://sandia.aero/product/sai-340-quattro/
    Doesn't the X Cub use the G3X Touch as primary and a Sandia as a backup? Given the commitment to Garmin to get the G3X approved I thought the choice of a Sandia was interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    Everybody is all over the Garmin. What about the Sandia Quattro?
    https://sandia.aero/product/sai-340-quattro/
    $1,446 more is one good reason.
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    How the panel looks in use....

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    Wait!

    Where’d the bungee go, better go back and look for it.

    Remember, These are the Good old Days!
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    Have you considered just getting a Lear 25?

    Slightly faster but not much more seating.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!
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    That wins the funny photo competition.

    Give the iPad to the kids. The thing on the left to your wife and look out the window. Reference the thing at the bottom occasionaly for accurate tracking and groundspeed.

    But if the lure of gadgets is irresistible then a Lear would be fun.
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    Let me know when you decide on the panel. We have some really nice brackets that allow for flush mounting of the G5.

    FYI - The G5 is not perfectly square so we created two different "double" brackets, one that is Universal and can be used in either the horizontal or vertical, and another one that allows you to eliminate the gap when used in the double horizontal orientation. We also have a single bracket.


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    If this post breaks the rules - I'm happy to remove the post. I just dont want anyone to feel like they have to reinvent the wheel.

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    Just to give you an idea what a web-janitor can do, here's what a 27 yr old flight instructor (22 yrs ago) did in his parents' basement with a sheet of aluminum from aircraft spruce, some rubber mounting studs, second hand eyebrow lights, and a silk screen

    i didn't have money at the time to update the instruments or radios or for a panel mounted clock/timer. I think I put the better audio panel in and pulled a good used KX-170B from the flight school's radio shop, probably got a bargain on it.

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    That is sweet Grant!
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Nice work with the flush mount brackets. How much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    Pretty busy display for that small, I keep the alt and speed tapes turned off on my Aspen for that reason and it’s about the same width just taller.
    I have them turned off ( pitot / static not hooked up ) on my Garmin G5 for the same reason--
    to un-busy the display.
    Cessna Skywagon-- accept no substitute!

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    A trick that a lot of homebuilders do is to cut a clear plexiglass panel and temporarily install it. That lets you see any obstructions behind the panel while you're playing around with instrument and avionics placement. Then, once you have everything laid out, you transfer it to your "real" panel. Works pretty well, and not overly expensive.

    Edited to add: You can use "el cheapo" plexiglass from one of the big box stores - doesn't have to be the good stuff...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimParker256 View Post
    A trick that a lot of homebuilders do is to cut a clear plexiglass panel and temporarily install it. That lets you see any obstructions behind the panel while you're playing around with instrument and avionics placement. Then, once you have everything laid out, you transfer it to your "real" panel. Works pretty well, and not overly expensive.
    This is what we did on the 182 build. Really helped getting everything in position without cutting metal.
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    I don't know how SJ's new dash is going but I've been mulling over mine.

    For Cessna 180J

    Does anyone have an electronic thing (I was going to say CAD drawing but I know so little of such I'll keep to calling it a "thing") that I can get a floating panel for a C180 cut locally?
    I'm happy to buy the blanks also and can get the holes cut locally.
    For both the left and right floating panel.
    Obviously happy pay for the electronic thing.

    Similar topic, does anyone know where to get an old Wakmann 7 day winding clock referbished?

    SJ, I didn't even notice the yellow thing over to the right on your dash. I take it that it's not a GPS but maybe location tracker?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by texmex View Post
    I don't know how SJ's new dash is going but I've been mulling over mine.

    For Cessna 180J

    Does anyone have an electronic thing (I was going to say CAD drawing but I know so little of such I'll keep to calling it a "thing") that I can get a floating panel for a C180 cut locally?
    I'm happy to buy the blanks also and can get the holes cut locally.
    For both the left and right floating panel.
    Obviously happy pay for the electronic thing.

    Similar topic, does anyone know where to get an old Wakmann 7 day winding clock referbished?

    SJ, I didn't even notice the yellow thing over to the right on your dash. I take it that it's not a GPS but maybe location tracker?

    Cheers,
    Texmex.
    Tex, that is a Delorme InReach tracker. I've had the eight day clocks rebuilt by local watch/clock shops - but some will refuse to do it because it goes in an airplane thinking it is a safety item....

    I've been distracted with other things and not thinking about my panel..

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    Panel Discussion: Cessna 180 Upgrades on Poor Webjanitor Budget

    180J panel stripped. Measure twice, cut once. Just like a Cub, there's stuff behind there that limits what instruments go where.





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    Work in progress, but getting there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supilot View Post
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    Work in progress, but getting there.
    NICE! Is that a GTN650? And it fits flush there and you can still pull the yoke back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ View Post
    NICE! Is that a GTN650? And it fits flush there and you can still pull the yoke back?

    sj
    Yes it is. Plenty of clearance. No issues at all. Lots of reasonable 650s are starting to pop up for sale now that the 650xi is out. BeachTalk is a good place to monitor.
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    Oh this knowledge is going to be expensive....
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    Before you dump too much cash into that plane, take a look at the Dynon Skyview PFD. 7 inch and 10 inch. With the 10 inch, you can add engine instrumentation, maybe with the 7 as well. I think they now have STC with a huge AML. I don't know if it'll drive your autopilot, but should be easy to find out.

    https://www.dynoncertified.com/

    Cut one hole, cover a LOT of "stuff".

    Not cheap, but neither is any of this.

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    Cessna 180 is not covered in the AML


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    Quote Originally Posted by silflexer View Post
    Cessna 180 is not covered in the AML


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    That is not correct. It is on the AML. I took a serious look at it before going with Garmin.

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    Your panel looks very nice. Enjoy it. And like all of us with glass? Understand that in 6 months something newer and cooler will come out and your stuff will be dated. But it'll still work as well as the day you installed it.
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    hoo boy....I'm in trouble!
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    Grant is spot on with the flush G5 bracket. They look very nice recessed.
    A few of us on here can cut templates before cutting the new panel.

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