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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.

David Halmos -
Van's Aircraft RV-10
"Avionics	 technology	 is	 at	
a	 level	 where	 we	 have	 enough	
redundancy	 and	 ways	 to	 build	
the	system	so	that	we	don't	have	
to	 have	 steam-gauge	 backups,"	
said	 David	 Halmos,	 a	 prosthodontist	 (a	 specialist	 in	 prosthetic	 dentistry)	 in	 Portland,	
Oregon.	 Ultimately	 concerned	
with	 his	 safety,	 and	 that	 of	 his	
wife	and	daughter,	his	usual	passengers,	"It	was	a	big	decision	to	
go	down	that	road	and	build	an	

all-glass	panel	capable	of	anything	and	everything."
An	 instrument-rated	 aviator	 who	 earned	 his	 private	 pilot	
certificate	in	2003,	Halmos	decided	to	build	the	four-seat	RV10,	his	first	homebuilding	project,	when	the	pilot	checking	him	
out	in	a	flying	club's	Cessna	182	offered	him	a	ride	in	his	twoseat	 RV-8.	 Never	 one	 to	 pass	 up	 a	 new	 aviation	 experience,	
the	30-minute	flight,	which	included	his	first	roll,	changed	his	
outlook	on	amateur-built	experimental	aircraft.	
The	RV's	legendary	flying	qualities	were	part	of	its	appeal.	Equally	
attractive	 was	 the	 glass	 panel	 that	
provided	 all	 the	 information	 and	
situational	awareness	he	didn't	have	
in	the	Cessna.	Equipped	with	steam	
gauges,	the	182's	technology	was	a	
Garmin	 430W.	 Intrigued,	 Halmos	
visited	Van's	Aircraft	in	nearby	Aurora,	Oregon.	After	a	demonstration	
flight,	he	decided	on	the	non-aeroPhoto courtesy of David Halmos

aviation	safety.	If	the	primary	system	fails	for	whatever	reason,	
the	backup	will	sustain	safety	through	the	precautionary	landing.	
When	it	comes	to	the	instruments	essential	to	flight,	tried-and-true	
analog	and	steam	gauges	are	the	go-to	backups.	But	two	builders,	
an	 individual	 and	 a	 company	 that	 designs	 experimental	 aircraft	
kits,	have	taken	the	next	step	by	relying	on	digital	redundancy.	

David Halmos, his wife, Claudine, their daughter,
Gabby, and their Van's Aircraft RV-10.

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Avionics News October 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News October 2014

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View from Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
The King is Back
Member Profile
Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
What’s Working?
Aviation Aces
Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
Member Profile
Meet the AEA board of directors
Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
Business Basics
Marketing Report Card
AEAviators
Touchy-Feely Avionics
What’s New
Marketplace Classifieds
Avionics News October 2014 - Intro
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover1
Avionics News October 2014 - Cover2
Avionics News October 2014 - 1
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Avionics News October 2014 - 3
Avionics News October 2014 - Point of Communication
Avionics News October 2014 - 5
Avionics News October 2014 - AEA Now
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Avionics News October 2014 - 9
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Avionics News October 2014 - 13
Avionics News October 2014 - The View from Washington
Avionics News October 2014 - 15
Avionics News October 2014 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News October 2014 - 19
Avionics News October 2014 - The King is Back
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Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
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Avionics News October 2014 - Digital redundancy and plug-and-play capabilities
Avionics News October 2014 - 29
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Avionics News October 2014 - What’s Working?
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Avionics News October 2014 - Aviation Aces
Avionics News October 2014 - 39
Avionics News October 2014 - Deterring avionics theft takes effort, money
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Avionics News October 2014 - Member Profile
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Avionics News October 2014 - Meet the AEA board of directors
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Avionics News October 2014 - Stay connected to the cloud, while flying in the clouds
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Avionics News October 2014 - Smartphone connectivity goes airborne
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Avionics News October 2014 - Business Basics
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Avionics News October 2014 - Marketing Report Card
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Avionics News October 2014 - Touchy-Feely Avionics
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