Replacing the Instrument Panel and Avionics

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Old Instrument Panel
Pre-Exiting Instrument Panel Prior to Major Upgrade

N206JD had a fairly functional, but somewhat antiquated panel which already had some upgrades installed.  Most notable were the STEC 55-X autopilot (w/altitude pre-select), and the JPI EDM800 engine monitor.   The scope of the upgrade was to add: Dual IFR GNS 530 GPS units , Garmin 296 backup GPS (cross-linked to 530's), KSC-55A HSI.  backup  electric AI, GTX-330 Mode-S transponder w/traffic, WSI AV200 datalink weather system (including a GNS 530 interface), and a MX-20 multi-function display with chartview to display all of the above!   On the audio front, the plane is upgraded to a PMA 8000 audio panel, PXE 7300 in-flight entertainment system, and four Bose-X headsets.   The engine gauges were upgraded to full digital, with alert functions. To house all of this, the panel was completely removed and replaced with a full metal Avion panel.

 

 

Removing the Old Instrument Panel

 

The old panel is ripped out!

 

  There is nothing pretty about the back of a panel

 
Design of New Avion Panel
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Full Panel Design from Avion (click here to expand)
 
Unfinished Instrument Panel Arrives for Fitting
 

Pilot's Upper Panel

 

Co-Pilot's Upper Panel

 

Lower Left Panel

 

Lower Right Panel

 
Wiring Harnesses are Custom Designed, Hand Tied, and Installed Throughout the Plane
 

Avionics Trays are Neatly Pre-Wired Before Installation

 

Rear Avionics Bay is Pre-Wired, and Installed

 

KSC55A Remote Gyro and WS200 Weather Receiver

 

KSC55A Remote Flux Gate

 
Powder Coated and Silk Screened Panel is Received from Avion
 

This is Starting to Feel Like Progress!

 

Pilot's Upper Panel

 

Co-Pilot's Upper Panel

 

Pilot's Lower Panel

 

Co-Pilot's Lower Panel

Current Status:
Lower Panel is installed and wired.  Engine control cables being re-installed

 

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Avionics Shop: Tualitin Valley Avionics, Hillsboro OR, 97124  (503) 648-3696
Panel: Avion Research Incorporated: Sunnyvale CA, 94086 (408) 732-2027
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Diagrams by Trevor Burward-Hoy
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