Skunkworks Sneak Peak

January 7, 2017 - RV-8

Instrument Panel Testing
Instrument Panel Testing

Russian hackers intercepted this photo of the RV-8F instrument panel today, and it will no doubt be all over WikiLeaks by tonight, so I might as well post it here.

The system is a Garmin G3X Touch PFD, with GMC 307 autoflight mode controller and GTN 625 GPS (currently not occupying its hole). Under the hood is a GSU 25 ADAHRS, a GAD 29 ARINC 429 interface, a GEA 24 engine analyzer, a GTR 20 COM radio and a GTX 23 ES transponder. Future upgrades include a Garmin G5 backup EFIS for IFR flight.

The sexy sheepskin seat is from Oregon Aero; the switch and warning panels are my own design.

I’m trying to wrap my head around what I can do this week. I think I’m going to start by re-wiring a few pins on the Vertical Power VP-X to match my new configuration schema. Then I’ll move on to the landing lights (I need some more 18AWG shielded wire from Spruce), followed by the pitot heat and stall warning wires from the left wing, finally joining all three Nav/Strobe cables behind the instrument panel and splicing them into the VP-X.

If I get through all of that, I’ll move to connecting the autopilot servos and interfacing them with the Ray Allen trim servos. That should clean up most of the wiring that’s under the floor.

And finally, I’ll leave you with another shot grabbed by those pesky Russians, this one from a few months back when the weather didn’t feel like northern Siberia. I know, I know – she’s a beaut.

Russian Spies Grabbed This Shot Too
Russian Spies Grabbed This Shot Too

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