My jungster had a nice panel with some basic instruments but I had a sheet of carbon fiber laying around so I decided to make it fancy… Im Replacing most of my instruments with an iPad, which will display information wirelessly transmitted from a levil aviation BOM. This will eliminate the pitot tube/static port and all associated plumbing currently in the aircraft. I am keeping my tachometer and oil pressure/temperature gauges.
My panel was pretty basic and the only instruments the iPad is replacing are a compass, altimeter, airspeed, and variometer, however the iPad is displaying much more than that so I will compare it to an equivalent steam gauge panel. I’ve left out a tachometer, and oil press/temp gauges since it doesn’t replace them. Here are the cost breakdowns. All prices for steam gauges are from aircraft spruce.
Ipad mount $300
BOM $1500 Total $2520
G meter $180
Turn and slip $526
Artificial horizon $765
Directional Gyro $1500
Suction gauge $194
Static port $19
Heated pitot tube $300
Vacuum pump $260
Vacuum regulator $300
Vacuum filter $40
Hose fittings $10
Nylon hose $25 Total $6393
Keep in mind some of those prices are for certified gauges and some experimental, I was really just clicking on the first results I saw, but that should give you a ballpark price...
Compass-- $25 from ebay.
Altimeter-- $40 from a IFR Cherokee Arrow that wouldn't pass IFR certification by a small amount.
Airspeed-- Helo airspeed given to me by neighbor IA
Slip indicator -- Given to me by neighbor
Oil pressure --- NAPA auto parts store ?
Oil Temp--- NAPA auto parts store ?
Tachometer-- Tinytach-- $17 , ebay.
Ipad with Avare-- $147. Amazon
Ipad mount --- little scrap aluminum
Seat belt and shoulder harness-- Given to me by neighbor FBO owner.
That will be a cool panel, and likely lighter weight than the old one.
How much does the BOM weigh?
I’m looking at the Karnadia 3 in 1 AS,VS, Alti the Digi engine monitor and a digital G meter. All up with a carbon panel I’m picking under 2lbs
I was comparing brand new instruments to be fair... You can absolutely make a panel very cheaply. You should be flying airplanes like these by looking outside anyways so it doesn’t really matter what’s on the panel. I just thought it would be neat to try out a new gadget.
Oil pressure and splurge with a compass. I can do without a fuel quantity gauge. I always dip stick the fuel tanks and fly by time by the fuel burn.
So I don't need fuel gauges. All they have to do is read empty when the tanks are empty.