April 2003, I stated that this most recent instrument panel was completed and would hopefully be the last. It was a nice dream, while it lasted.
It represented a switch from an automotive digital tach to a JPI digital tach, freeing up room to move the clock from a side panel to the main panel. Additionally, I installed a JPI fuel flow totalizer in the left side panel.
So much for the "last" upgrade. As a friend of mine says, when my instrument panel sees me coming, it quakes in fear. In April 2005, I added a Dynon EFIS-D10A to replace my existing vacuum pump and gyro system. It saved over 5 pounds of total aircraft weight and gave me a system that is significantly more reliable.
September 2005 - This time I have an excuse. My back just couldn't handle the load of picking up the nose all the time, so I finally broke down and installed one of Jack Wilhelmson's electric nose gear extension system. At the same time, I removed the G-meter (the Dynon displays G's) and snaked the manual back-up system between the radio stack and the Sandel display.
May 2011 – I eliminated the last of my steam gages (airspeed and altimeter) since they were redundant to the Dynon D10A EFIS. In their place, I located a Garmin Aera 510, featuring Datalink weather and traffic, received from a Zaon PCAS XRX hidden in the nose. Although not a fully integrated suite, it gives me the same capabilities, but for a whole lot less money.