are the avionics I bought, and why I chose them. Sometimes it
for features, or for size, or sometimes just that the price was
right. If your needs are similar to mine, you might select
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Flight Information System (EFIS)
knew an EFIS
was a must for me. At
one year I saw the Dynon,
when it was still
just a demo. I was
very impressed. A
few years later, when I was ready to buy, I
went with them. I
opted for the smaller
unit because the RV-8 panel is pretty small.
I payed the extra for the battery backup,
because I didn’t
electrical failure to cause me to fly partial panel.
Even with the battery, this one instrument
weights about what one vacuum instrument normally does.
The D10A has ten functions: attitude,
airspeed, altitude, VSI, Mag compass, turn coordinator, turn rate,
G-meter, voltmeter, and HSI.
are several other EFIS units out there, but none had
as much for the same price.
The moving map GPS was
next. I wanted as large a map as I could get. The
AvMap EKP-IV fit the bill. It was light, had the features I
wanted, and was compatible with the autopilot I was looking
at. It also has a battery backup.
of the features I really liked was the HSI page. This acts as
a backup for my pitot/static system. It has heading,
airspeed, altitude, and attitude all independent of the pitot/static.
also bought the Airgizmo mounting tray. I liked the clean
finished look it added to my panel. I could have fabricated a
mount out of some aluminum angle, but I thought the Airgizo looked
I riveted four pieces of angle aluminum to the panel and
screwed the Airgizmo in place. The next time I pull it off,
I’m going to mount nutplates on the back of the angles. That
way, by removing four screws, I can have a huge access hole to the back
of the panel. Click here for more info on what
do different with the instrument panel. I bought my
tray from Gulf Coast Avionics.
picked the Tierra NAV/COM/TRANS combo
just because of the size. I didn’t like the two lines of LEDs on the
Tierra CDI, so I went with a King. I bought mine used from
Wentworth and saved a
opted for the
autopilot. I liked its size, weight, features and
price. I got the one with GPS input and only altitude hold,
no VVI function. I figured I could do that part
One of the things I did like was their
trade in policy. If I decide in the future to upgrade,
Trutrak will give me the purchase cost of mine towards the upgrade when
I trade up. This can be found at Gulf Coast
chose the Flightcom 403S intercom. It is stereo, even though
my headset wasn’t. (Here's
how I converted
the headset to stereo.) It has an extra input that
I use for my MP3
player. The built in multiplexor was a huge
advantage. This neat piece of electronics automatically cuts
out the MP3 player when the aircraft radio makes any noise.
It comes with a small rectangle face shown here, or the round one I
used. Again Gulf Coast Avionics has it.
Monitor and Control Instruments
have chosen to
install a Mazda Renasis engine in my RV-8. I’m using the EM2
engine monitor and the EC2 engine controller from Real World
Solutions. These are specifically
designed for this engine.
will be adding pages later to this site which describe why I made that
decision, and which describe the ways I have
made that engine work
right for me.
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