Instrument Panel Planning & Fitting
04/08/12 14:40 Filed in: All
Instruments planned for the upper pod:
TOP ROW: Airspeed Indicator, Rotor RPM
MIDDLE ROW: Altitude, temp gauges, Flow Level/Flow, Vertical Speed
BOTTOM: GPS/COMM , Transponder, Compass
Lower Section: Switches, Engine RPM, Breakers
All but one of these are provided with the kit; Voltage, Transmission Temp, Hour Meter, Flow Flow (I supplied), Tachometer, Turbine Exhaust Temp, Engine Tach, and Oil Temp and Pressure.
Leftover from my RV8A project is a Garmin GNC300XL GPS/COMM and a GTX327 transponder.
Left to purchase is an AS indicator, Altimeter, and VSI.
Checking the instrument pod positioning. And... making helicopter noises. One of those FAA “builder” pictures.
I ordered a Falcon 0-120MPH airspeed indicator and decided to try something a little different for the altitude. I ordered an MGL combined digital Altimeter and VSI.
Unlike fixed wing flying, I find myself really only relying on the altimeter around airports and airspace in a helicopter. You’re flying is so low and slow that visual reference for altitude is pretty accurate. The VSI bar looks quite attention-getting, which is the important thing. We’ll see how this works.