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Captain_John

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I have seen a few suitable candidates for EFIS dispays. Blue Mountain, Meggitt Avionics and Chelton have been on my list.

Today while reading Kitplanes Magazine, I stumbled across the Optechnologies solution.

www.optechnologies.com

This is their display:



I must say, it looks pretty powerful!

I am a ways a way from installation, but I dare say this design looks attractive at least on the surface!

:) CJ
 

ripley1126

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Stratomaster (EFIS)

For any interested. Stratomaster "Smart Singles" and a whole arsenal of
digital avionics are available in the USA and CANADA. Check out MGL avionics. Engine monitoring from $250 or a combination of flight instrumentation and engine essentials combined for around $1500. They seem to be lightweight, useful and economical. Call me crazy but check them out. On the West Coast View them at www.sportflyingshop.com. There you will also find a link to the maker MGL avionics with more dealers. If your planning on installing a new or rebuilding an old panel you owe it to yourself to at least check them out.
 

Captain_John

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Well, you very well may be crazy. I am not qualified to determine that, but I really like those instruments! Thank you for the link! I will give them due diligence when the time comes to outfit my panel.

I see that they sell the Icom radios too. I am somewhat fond of the A200's features!

Consider it bookmarked!

:gig: CJ
 

StRaNgEdAyS

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Stratomaster Instruments

I just checked out the gear on offer by Asia Pacific Light Flying, and I have to say it is AWESOME!
I like what I see here a LOT, and considering the prices are un AUD, I reckon they are pretty well priced too!
Still, I am a LONG ways from fitting instruments, but hey, never hurts to look around for these things.
 

spark

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I am unfamiliar with these types of EFIS systems.
How many additional boxes are there that go along with them?
 

Dust

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Well, we put our 3 grand up to blue mountain to hold the price at 13000

so for 13000 we get the blue mountain and the autopilot parts and controlls, i think we made a good decision, time will tell, but, if we homebuilders want new stuff, then we have to pick it out and support it by buying it.

enjoy the build

dust
 

JPERRYFLY

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EFIS

I'm planning on a dual Grand Rapids EFIS and a CNX80. I've cut 1.5" off the bottom of my inst panel for my long legs so I don't have room for Blue Mtn. Also thinking about either Trio auto pilot or TRu Trak.
 

Dust

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MSRP Flight Op 201 Primary EFIS (10.4” Portrait display) F2112 $22,900

seems pricey compared to blue mountain?

enjoy the build

dust
 

JPERRYFLY

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Grand Rapids has terrain on map. Suggest Tru Trak autopilot. I might use the Trio if they come up with Altitude hold.
 

Lee Schaumberg

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EFIS System

Agood EFIS is made by Dynon. It is far cheaper than the competion. They make the flight instrument for 2195 dollars and now they are introducing the engine monitor for 1895 dollars. The engine monitor can act as a backup for the flight instrument. For details go to the dynon site at www.dynondevelopment.com . Thier units were seen by me at Oskosh 04 and look good.
Lee Schaumberg
A beter sytem is made by Aveo - Check them out! - Lee


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Captain_John

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Revision:

Dynon EFIS and Dynon EIS look pretty good right about now!

All the RV's are doing it!

:gig: CJ
 

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Wanted and Afforable Panel Stuff

Knowing what I know the following will be required on the panel. An efis unit made by www.aveousa.com . Try 1300 hundred dollars not 30 thousand. GPS autopilot allowing the use of a handheld unit. Engine monitoring of all the required data. Thats all! Nice colour range markings can be incorporated. At Oshkosh 05 Aveo will have a booth so you can talk to them about your panel.

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Falco Rob

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EFIS and EMS

To all those trying to decide on instrumentation -

I've been exchanging e-mails with Ron Ulbrich of Dynon over the last few days concerning the deal they are currently offering for their "Sportpak" package. (click on "Order Online" on their side bar menu)

You get the EFIS plus the EMS plus all the probes, sensors and wiring harness etc. for only US$4250 (for an IO-360 Lycoming) which sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

My only concern is the small size of the displays, they fit the standard 3 1/8" cutout, which is not too bad for the EFIS but a bit small to get all the engine monitoring stuff on the EMS.

However, Ron tells me that a 7" display is on the way for the EFIS (not sure about the EMS ) and should be at Oshkosh. I'll be making my first ever visit to OSH this year and am looking forward to checking out all the products first hand.

As a matter of interest, if Ron's attitude is an indication of the dedication and support of the rest of the Dynon team, they get my vote. He has very promptly responded to my e-mails and accepted my suggested "improvements (!)" to the EFIS display most courteously. (I recommended they delete the airspeed and altitude bars, just stick with the digital readout as this is all the pilot ever looks at)

One final suggestion to anyone thinking about a Dynon EFIS - have a look at one in the flesh - the display clarity and quality of the unit is a lot better that the graphical presentation on the website would lead you to believe!

Rob
 

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jperryfly

We are doing a 7A and will be installing the dual GRT... Tru Track.

Which Tru Track is the question. We want to Hand Fly the ILS, but would like to have climb, enroute and let down capability.

Like to have the GRT stacked, but will need to get an Long panel.

We are building the wings, well installing the ailerons, flaps and fuel sender (Quick Build) and we now need to install the Servo and Magnatometer. We need to spend some $$$.

Have you found a source for the GRT? Best price I can find is at Low Drag Avionics... Any thoughts?

Mike Brown
 

Captain_John

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Hi Mike!

I am going SB, so I haven't nailed down costs yet, but check out Stein Air for the GRT stuff.

I must say that the GRT package is QUITE appealing!

Keep in touch!

:D CJ
 

BD5builder

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I also had planned on going with the BMA Efis Lite setup in my project, but after looking thru it, i decided to pass b/c i'm not fond of flying in the "soup" an having to switch back and forth between the ADI and nav page constantly (no split screen option). So i decided to go with the GRT display, its price is alot more than the efis lite, but the price difference more than makes up for the extra's it has, not to mention the $7k i'll be saving by NOT having to buy the garmin 430 i was planning on. Not to mention, the efis w/ a backup airspeed/altimeter, SL30 navcomm and GTX330 x-pndr all fit in my panel (which i gaurantee is smaller than anyone elses on here) which was my biggest concern.

So does anyone know where i can get a quote for a GRT efis and actually get replied back to? I think i've emailed or called everyplace so far that has been mentioned.
 
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