Glass Panel


This article appeared in the March 2011 Falco Builders Letter.


If Raoul Schild's panel is not enough to intimidate you, check out the instrument panel currently being assembled by Aerotronics for Marcel Morrien.

Aerotronicss Jason Smith explains, "The heart of the panel is the Garmin G3X EFIS system. This is a synthetic vision, map, and engine monitor.

"It is connected to the Garmin GNS 430 (WAAS GPS, comm, and nav) for HSI indication and map positioning. This system is capable of XM weather although Marcel's doesn't have this. You can get XM in Europe!

"There is an audio panel, a second com and a transponder. We build a plug-and-play panel for each customer and using the Falco original drawing we followed all of the standard pin-outs we could for the systems.

"Attached are some pictures of the rear of the panel. We had to, of course, integrate this different avionics into the factory Falco drawing and make it all play together.

"Marcel also had a Tru Trak two-axis autopilot completely coupled to the EFIS so he has heading, course, VOR, ILS/GS coupling as well as GPS WASS approach capability. He also has a AOA, backup 'steam' instruments, G-Meter, clock, ELT, and battery back-ups. We created a new panel face so it could be attached to the original frame and therefore easily removed to access behind the panel."

Aerotronics is located at the Billings International Airport, Billings, MT.

Marcel's panel before he decided to go with a glass cockpit.


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