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Long EZ N28EZ...The Instrument Panel

The panel is finished, my final choice of instruments and their location are all mounted now, wired and connected to their lights, senders and components on the panel, the plane and the engine. Below is the history of my thinking about the way it should look...from the steam gauges of the 1980s to 2011's digital glass panels that I finally decided on.


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This was my idea of a well layed out panel...circa 1982. It is on Tim Mulvey's fine example of a Long Ez, N656EZ, in Niagara Falls (the airport...not the falls itself) ;-). This is very close to the way I thought I would originally plan mine. Note the out-of-the-way switch panel on the right side. But, with the changes in instrumentation over the years, it looks like mine is going to be much different!



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This is the pilots eye view of the "office". Again, this is Tim's Long Ez, with my legs squeezed in (I've lost 25 pounds since then, so I fit much better now!). Even though it looks very cool, I don't plan on using carbon fabric for my panel...mine will be just normal, painted fiberglass, however, with a unique texture look.



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This is the full size CAD drawing I did of the panel the way I think it should look based on the instruments that I had about 2004.





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And this is the way that a later, modified drawing looks taped to the actual instrument panel bulkhead. Actually, I have many more changes to make as well, as I have now gone total electric, and the remaining vacuum guages have been replaced as well as the Anywhere Map Ipaq.



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A lot of changes have been made since the drawing above...I now have the new Duo for Anywhere Map instead of the little Ipaq, and have replaced the EFIS with a Dynon 180. I've also eliminated all the old "steam gauges" and have an all electric panel. Here's how it looks in the final plan.



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A lot of wires! When I sent this picture to a friend, he suggested that instead of trying to figure out where they all go, I should practice basket weaving with them...I'd probably need that skill when I finish!

However, they are all color coded and/or labeled, so I just have to route them, trim them and install the appropriate connectors.



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Finally, the wires are all connected...and working! The panel is finished...but the Dynon is reporting a considerable number of errors...I wonder if it's because there is still no engine on the back end of this thing? And there are a bunch of wires just hanging around back there waiting for the motor to be mounted... That's the next step! Re-assemble and mount the Lycoming O-235!



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Comments are welcome, please contact me at: Ageless Wings, Harley Dixon

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