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Quadruple Redundant Aircraft Panel with “Fun Switch” – Unboxing & Install!

In this episode of Flight Chops we unbox and install the new Garmin instrument panel into the Van’s Aircraft RV-14! We also include footage from SteinAir of our actual panel being designed and cut, and footage of the incredibly sophisticated wiring hidden behind the panel.

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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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  • Hi Steve,

    Sorry I missed you at OSH, I came by several times but our paths never crossed. I am currently building an RV-14, I saw your airplane and must compliment you and congratulate you on your airplane. I like your interior and had planned on using the same G3X panel with a console mounted power quadrant. Can you tell me where you sourced the console and cables from and if there was any major problems with the installation? Do you have any suggestions if you were to do it differently? Also I watched your video on the OSH arrival, well done. I am curious to know if the placement of the power controls are comfortable, I was hoping to sit in the aircraft if I found you and see for myself. The camera may distort the angles a bit but it appeared that the controls may seem a bit aft. Of course I am an airline pilot and I am used to those controls being farther forward. So I am curious as to how it feels ergonomically to you. Thanks for the information. Great website, I will need to do some more exploring on it.

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