I am building a VANS RV-4 aircraft. If your not involved in homebuilt aircraft it wont be too interesting, but if you are a part of that elite group it just might be. My intention is to include ONLY the interesting details, so the rate of change will be quite slow!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


The panel is complete.

Here are a couple of pictures of the panel. Double click them to enlarge.

In fact it is not quite complete. The canopy warning light is missing, and there are some nuts to buy and install, and wiring and pneumatics to complete around the back. One label for the two switches on the left below the panel is missing. The LH one, OFF - Master ON - Alternator ON. The RH one, OFF-Strobe ON - Start.

I am pleased it has worked out well. None of the off-panel switches need to be touched in flight, leaving just flaps and fuel pump in front of the throttle quadrant, and trim, PTT and A/P disconnect on the stick. That should let me concentrate on flying.

The instrument below the ASI is a TruTrak AP.

Thought for the day.
"A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what's not on their mind." George Bush, April 6, 2008

Great looking panel. I'm particularly interested in the removable face. Can you describe the construction of the panel itself and the structure behind it?
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