Decision on Avidyne Equipment?

Discussion in 'Avionics and Upgrades' started by 455 Bravo Uniform, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. 455 Bravo Uniform

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    I just put in another 6 hrs, for a total 11 so far. I am SLOW! Doesn’t look like a lot of progress.

    I found I don’t like shielded wire.

    Next up, build 2 pieces of coax for the splitter, then the harness for the new KI209 for my Nav2 (KX155). Monday.


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    455 Bravo Uniform Pattern Altitude PoA Supporter

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    16 hours on the bench and we’re done. Time to take the plane apart.
     
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    Not a problem for the OP, but I don’t think the IFDs will display WX500 stormscope data like my GNS430W. So as others have warned, check full compatibility with existing or future avionics.
     
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    Replaced non-WAAS with WAAS antenna. Needs sealant still.
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    Additional wiring came out of plane, including old GPS and DME wiring that was still in plane from a prior retrofit.
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    KN 72 also pulled from empennage. Found a few more odds and ends with wiring.

    Ended up doing more bench work, as we are replacing the altitude encoder, and needed some splicing and new plugs for the autopilot to encoder...really the only colored wire...so different than automotive wiring!
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    Still looks like a long way to go, but it’s getting close. At this point, I’m just staying out of the way, I’ve done mostly all I can do. Reinstalled side panels, floor sealed back up.

    Also badly torn speaker replaced, and new dual shielded wire was installed for it (was just 1 wire, with speaker grounded to the plane). Did I need it? Will I ever use it? No. But it went back in as it should be. (I’ve spent almost 2 years getting this plane “right”).

    Also got a new ELT annunciator and relocated it to the front. The old one was next to the ELT behind the rear bulkhead. Little 3V battery was old and had corroded the internals.

    HSI wiring left to splice/attach; auto pilot, nav-com wiring, transponder, and new blind encoder wiring done. I cut and fit new upper and lower sub-panels for the radio stack (need to paint).
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    KN-72 wiring cut and wrapped for future use if needed for a future project (already used a couple existing KN72 wires for the ELT, in foreground).
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    ELT now be hooked up to GPS.

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    Unboxed, old & new sandwich
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    This will be a tremendous upgrade for you. Vey nice.
     
  8. 455 Bravo Uniform

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    Done! All the avionics were finished last week while I was out of town for work. Spent the weekend buttoning things back up. Logs, W&B, and other legal paperwork was finished today.

    Test flight tomorrow, depending on weather and schedules. Probably do the ADSB rebate flight later in the week after making sure it flies and operates like it should.

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    Already there are things I would have done differently, but for the reality and practicality of time, cost, and “while we’re in there”;

    -Maybe would have removed more old wiring than we did.
    -A/P head and WX scope would’ve been nice to swap locations, but wiring was tight.
    -Maybe tie the TX altitude annunciation audio to the audio panel.
    -Move the stack all the way up and drop the altitude preselect and intercom to the bottom.
     
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