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Old 04-28-2021, 06:45 AM
Maverick972 Maverick972 is offline
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Default Optimal Garmin G5 position.

I am adding a Garmin G5 as a back up to my existing panel. I am having an debate as to where I place it.
A. Center of the panel top of stack
B. Left side of panel next to PFD

You feedback is appreciated.
Sean P. McGrath
RV7 730JK
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Old 04-28-2021, 07:07 AM
PilotjohnS PilotjohnS is offline
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Default Depends on you

Just curious if you have ever seen one in real life? Some of the things displayed can become very small.

I think the placement depends on your ability to see it. If it is in the middle, will it be hard to fly looking off angle and at the small depictions during and an IFR flight?

Do you have room to the left of the pdf?

These are the questions I answered when deciding on my location.

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Old 04-28-2021, 07:22 AM
Nova RV Nova RV is offline
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Cut out 2 full size pics of the G5 and tape into both positions. Go up and turn off the other displays and decide which location you can best see and fly from. I have mine to left of PFD where it is closest and easiest to see.
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Old 04-28-2021, 07:37 AM
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I have probably spent more time using the G5 than most; based on that experience, in my RV-7 slider I chose to put it to the left of the pilot's display, which is as close to the pilot's field of view as I could get it.

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Old 04-28-2021, 08:01 AM
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For me, G5 is only a backup...I mainly use the PFD and MMD for flight/navigation, but mounting that small display close to my center of view works great, as would be optimal with any HSI/artificial horizon.

The one thing I've found mildly irritating about the G5 is that it's not sticks out from the panel. A curious mounting decision on the part of Garmin, IMHO.

Anyway, they do make a mount that lets you mount the G5 flush with the panel. I haven't installed it yet, but it is on my rather long list of things to do.

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Old 04-28-2021, 12:28 PM
Maverick972 Maverick972 is offline
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Thank you for your advice, I have room on both sides and seeing as it is my back up I’m going to place it on the left side of panel closet to my field of view should I need it.
Sean P. McGrath
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Old 04-28-2021, 03:23 PM
BobTurner BobTurner is offline
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IMHO everyone has come to the correct conclusion (near the PFD) but for the wrong reason. You want the backup within your normal scan, so a failure of either the backup or the primary PFD is detected quickly. If the backup is in the center you’ll never look at it.
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Old 04-28-2021, 11:52 PM
tomww tomww is offline
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I have mine in the center, above and slightly to the left of the stack.

I fly with my left hand on the stick and use my right hand to operate the panel throttle etc.

I can see the G5 perfectly well on both sides.

So where it is is visible fine, but much better for ergonomic consideration. There is no need to change hands to operate it.
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Old 04-29-2021, 07:58 AM
Flying Canuck Flying Canuck is offline
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I have mine on the left, works fine visually. I did notice in my last flight that the reach across to the knob on it with my right hand (left hand on stick) is at the edge of easy reach for me when cinched into the harness. It's not an issue as a backup instrument but if there are a lot of in flight adjustments needed, like setting bearings, it might be less than ideal.

Whatever you do, place it as close as physically possible to your main display. Visualizing the physical movements of your workflow is the key to the optimal panel layout.
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Default The mission...

Good comments...good food for thought while I plan and wait on my kits.
My thoughts here center around how one would use the instrument, and under what conditions. In planning, things are gonna be real bad before the G5 is what keeps the shiny side up. But it’s a contigency to be accounted for. However, it seems that most GA accidents happen as a result of not paying attention to attitude and airspeed....even when that data is in it’s normal every day position right in front of our eyes. With this in mind, I will likely set up my panel to be optimal and efficient for 99.9% of my flying. A slightly inefficient cockpit “workflow” is much more likely to result in problems than a slightly off-axis BU instrument, IMHO. If instrument discipline is lacking, it will be an issue regardless of ADI position?
More simply put...i recommend considering what you give up before moving the BU closer to a normal eyeline, and guard jealously both efficiency and comfort of the devices that are used in the majority of your flying.
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