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Again, numerous options exist. Many pilots use a home/
office label maker with lettering on a tape carrying an
adhesive back; make it, stick it, forget it. Well, forget it
sight on the backside of the sheet metal. Simple, right?
until heating and cooling and vibration start to loosen a
Well, yes and no from the builder's perspective. When
label's adhesive.
designing the placement of PFDs, MFDs, GPS navigators,
Another solution widely available is a bit more
and VHF nav and comm radios, it's not uncommon for the
expensive and equally dependent on an adhesive: labels
builder to neglect to allow for those trays and braces.
cut into three-layer plastic of the type used for club name
If not caught before starting to cut the openings, the
badges and other similar needs. Letters and numbers
would-be panel becomes a candidate for the builder's
engraved into the top layer expose the contrasting layer
barrel of scrap aluminum
that shows the name of the
pieces - pieces kept when
switch of device.
they have the potential to
These will cost a few
be cut down for another
bucks apiece, and the
purpose.
builder must supply the
Here's a place where
information on size and
the builder who consults
text. Some builders even
with an avionics shop
use screws or pull rivets to
can save time, frustration
obviate any worries about
THE AVIONICS SHOP WILLING TO
and, possibly, money,
adhesives loosening.
HELP A BUILDER WITH THE DESIGN
depending on how many
But the solution often
AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE WIRING
times the builder needs to
adopted by builders
STANDS A DECENT CHANCE OF
remake sheet metal into
interested in the ultimate
LANDING THAT WORK - AND MORE.
a panel blank: Building
finish can be combined
into a bid for that work
with applying the
an offer to then cut the
finish to the panel: silk
openings for the various avionics holds the potential to
screening label information directly onto the panel itself -
increase the work package for the avionics shop - and to
appropriately located, of course.
save the builder more time and frustration.
Of course, the builder won't want to adorn his or her
Getting wired for flight
pride-and-joy project with a sheet of unfinished aluminum
The shop took the builder's panel blank, placed and cut
with the pretty faceplates of the avionics staring through
the openings for the avionics and instruments going into
the openings. That brings another option often overlooked
the panel, maybe even mounted the gear to the finished
by builders, but happily adopted by many builders:
blank. It's ready to go back into the aircraft - well, almost.
picking and applying a finish to the panel - after, of
Without power, none of these pieces of electronics does
course, all the cutting, bending and reinforcing is finished.
a thing more than add weight. Thus, more options to offer
Whether finished in a nicely textured wrinkle black,
the builder needing assistance.
a piece of veneer for a luxurious-looking wood finish,
Some builders are more than equipped to wire a simple
overlaid with a carbon-fiber finish or painted in a color
electrical system - one with a single generating source
that coordinates with the aircraft's paint and interior,
and a single main buss connecting the power-generating
options vary widely.
device and the battery to the avionics installed. This is
So the panel has been sized and cut, mounting edges
particularly true for simple planes with simple panels.
trued up, reinforcing members installed on the back and,
But hearken back to our pilot example at the beginning
on the front, the suitable finish applied, the savvy avionics
of this piece. PFD, MFD, dual GPS navigators, redundant
shop technician should be sure to inquire how the builder
VHF radios, a standby generating source connected to
plans to label switches, breakers and instruments.
a secondary, essential buss, with the system connected
LANDING AVIONICS BUSINESS FROM HOMEBUILDERS
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