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  #121  
Old 04-19-2021, 10:00 PM
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Thanks Jereme, i am surprised nobody commented on my passenger warning label.
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:28 AM
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Curious what software you are using to draw your schematic?
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Old 04-20-2021, 07:56 AM
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Thanks Jereme, i am surprised nobody commented on my passenger warning label.
Haha nice! I can't believe I didn't notice that.
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Old 04-20-2021, 08:22 AM
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Curious what software you are using to draw your schematic?
I am using Visio for the schematic. I am pretty poor at using it; my son came by and spent 30 secs with me and doubled my abilities.
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:55 PM
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Panel is nearly done with the wiring. Many things I have learnt from all of this.

AP wiring: I had the AP power controlled by a switch and fused instead of a circuit breaker. The G3x manual shows the 507 controller and servos all being powered from the same fuse. I originally had the 507 and servos on a switch, but I have changed that to just the servos on a switch. That way, if I kill the servo power, the 507 stays powered and should give be pretty purple boxes as guidance; there seems to be no reason to kill power to the 507 in an emergency as long as the servos are powered off. The AP switch is wired so that the green portion is illuminated when AP is powered, and the red portion is illuminated when there is no power to the AP servos

Bus bars: i made the circuit breaker’s bus bars out of copper sheet. I wish I would have spaced the circuit breakers out more; it would have been easier to get the screws in. Also, the CB screws are flat heads, these should be changed to round head Allen or Philips style; it is hard to start the screws using a flat bladed screw driver. I found labeling the back of the CBs really helpful.

The bus bars have clear shrink tubing over the areas between contacts to minimize potential for shorts. This is all protected with an 35A ANL fuse forward of the firewall.

There is no longer a AP disconnect switch on the panel. I dont see a need to disconnect the autopilot unless my hand is on the stick, so only the stick has a disconnect (along with the "AP" button on the 507). The trim CB was moved in front of the pilot and position to be operated with the right hand. If I have a runaway trim, one hand is going to be fighting the stick, so I want to other to be able to pull the trim CB.

The defrost fans did not need both a switch and a CB, but I had extra CB holes and my fuses were all assigned. so room for growth.

I was hemming and hawing about the defrost fans. I was thinking of putting the antennas on the glare shield in recessed mounts. I gave up on that so the fans are staying on the glare shield. The antennas will go under the cowl.

I painted the panel with the Sherman Williams Jet Flex that I used on the interior of the fuse. This paint is really good; flows out easily, is durable, and just works.

The taxi lights and landing lights are on the same switch. I wanted a off-taxi on-landing light on switch, but the world wide shortage has me with a taxi on-off-landing light on. I will switch this out once the preferred switch becomes available.

The radio stack is not quite centered, I moved the left screen, the rack and the right screen as far over to the left as I could go. I was hoping the left screen was centered in front of pilot, but didn't quite get there with the G5's position.

Lastly, all power terminals screws have lock washers. (yes I changed my mind)
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:39 PM
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Default PANAL

Nice job on the panel. Not many things rate up there with wiring your own panel and putting power to it!! Panel. Not panal!

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Old 05-19-2021, 09:38 PM
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Default Bench Wiring Calling Done

Well today I am calling done the bench wiring of the Panel and Sub-panel. I cant think of anything else I can do on the bench before installing it and hooking everything up to the stuff already wired in the plane.

Here are the pics on the bench of all the stuff. There is really a lot of boxes and wiring in this panel. It didn't look so bad when viewing the schematic several months ago.

I can't light it up without the antennas hooked up, so I will just pretend that is is wired correctly.

I have been neglecting the fuselage wiring; so now it is time to clean that up, and get all the fuselage foot well stuff done prior to putting in this panel structure.

In other news, coming up on 5 years. Really hope to be done this year. Hope it is all downhill from here (panel wiring done).
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Electrical/Panel 95% done
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Old 05-22-2021, 09:58 AM
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Default Nice job John

It sure looks intimidating to an outsider.
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Old 05-22-2021, 12:01 PM
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It sure looks intimidating to an outsider.
I thought about that before posting, but the truth is the truth. It is just one wire at a time. Also, a simpler panel is way less wires.

But I wanted my plane to be like the big boys so I can push the autopilot button on rotation, take a snooze, wake up on short final, push a button to release control back to the pilot, and land.
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Electrical/Panel 95% done
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:47 AM
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I can't light it up without the antennas hooked up, so I will just pretend that is is wired correctly.
You can at least do the "smoke test" to ensure all your power lines go to power and data lines go to data. I lit up my panel right after wiring to make sure, with no antennas attached. Nothing popped or smoked, but I did find one RS-232 pair with Tx and Rx reversed.
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