Had it not been for a structural airframe member in the way of the new HSI indicator, we could have made minor panel changes and fit in the new instrumentation with some compromises. That was not to be, however, so a new, uncompromising CAD-designed panel was designed, resulting in a height increase of less than 1". The engine cowl is still visible from the pilot's viewpoint, so visibility is not sacrificed. It was important to us to maintain the proper orientation of panel instruments during this upgrade, and making a new panel allowed us to do that while also making for an attractive installation.
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|The original factory panel. Now you see it...||...and now you don't!||Laying out new panel in AutoCAD||New, taller panel being fabricated|
|New panel, backside||New sub-panel radio stack||Trial run before painting||Custom mold for laying-up a new glare shield|
|New 3-piece glare shield before black paint||Top view of instruments, wiring and plumbing||Rudder servo below cargo compartment (top right)||Horiz. gyro and autopilot computer|
|Flux transmitter added inside left wing tip||Cutting hatch in wing LE for heated pitot tube||Opening complete and pitot tube installed||New access cover painted and installed|
|Autopilot disconnect switch added to front stick grip||Completed installation||Completed panel||Hand-held radio interface panel added above pilot|
|Test flight calibrations||On final at LWC||Project completed, ready for shipping to England|