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Photo by S.M. Spangler

There are no steam-gauge backup instruments on the panel of David Halmos' RV-10. The two Advanced Flight Systems displays back up each other,
and the TruTrak Gemini, with its dedicated backup battery, provides a redundant primary flight display. A Vertical Power VP-X electronic circuit breaker
system does away with the need for a forest of switches and push-button circuit protection.

technology was a Garmin 430W. Intrigued, Halmos
in Portland, Oregon. Ultimately concerned with his
visited Van's Aircraft in nearby Aurora, Oregon. After a
safety, and that of his wife and daughter, his usual
demonstration flight, he decided on the non-aerobatic
passengers, " It was a big decision to go down that
RV-10 because he didn't want to leave anyone at
road and build an all-glass panel capable of anything
home, not even the dog.
and everything."
Halmos starting building his quick-built kit four years
An instrument-rated aviator who earned his private
ago and made its first flight in May 2014. He started
pilot certificate in 2003, Halmos decided to build the
thinking seriously about its instrument panel during a
four-seat RV-10, his first homebuilding project, when
weeklong RV builder's course in Eugene at Synergy
the pilot checking him out in a flying club's Cessna
Air, where he met Gary Worrell of Aerotronics, who
182 offered him a ride in his two-seat RV-8. Never
taught the avionics section of
one to pass up a new
the course.
aviation experience,
" I was nowhere near
the 30-minute flight,
writing the panel check, but
which included his
he was ready to sit down and
first roll, changed his
talk, to go over my thoughts
outlook on amateur-built
and ideas," Halmos said.
experimental aircraft.
" He gave me his cell number
The RV's legendary
and said to call when I had
flying qualities were part
questions along the way."
of its appeal. Equally
When Worrell retired from
attractive was the glass
the shop in Billings, Montana,
panel that provided all
before Halmos' first flight,
the information and
Jason Smith, who took over
situational awareness
Photo courtesy of David Halmos
the shop's experimental
he didn't have in the
Cessna. Equipped with
David Halmos, his wife, Claudine, their daughter, Gabby, and their
steam gauges, the 182's
Van's Aircraft RV-10.
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