On our home computer I set up X-Panel planing software and started designing the instrument and switch layout.
The Garmin G3X system was selected for several reasons:
- I had three Garmin instruments in my Globe Swift: a G400W navigator, a G695 moving map and a SL40 communications radio. The Garmin menu system was familiar.
- At two airshows I had the opportunity to compare Garmin equipment with Dynon and Grand Rapids. I thought Garmin had better screen colors and pixilation. Also at the time, Garmin had the only system with full IFR capability not requiring components from other vendors.
- There appeared to be little cost difference between vendors when pricing similar IFR systems.
Started ordering switches and other electronic components. I have found the DigiKey online catalog the easiest to navigate when hunting for parts by function and feature, rather than part number. I also started downloading and printing over 1100 pages of Garmin installation and operations manuals. Continue reading “RV-7 IFR Panel Build Photos – 2015/16”