Paneling…

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Wow. What a journey!  Here is what we have today:

RV-9A panel

RV-9A panel

All the parts are in, but we are just starting to wire the stuff. Easy to say, tough to do (at least for me) But we will move forward.

One of the design features will be the ability to pull the panel section (left, center, right) out a bit to work behind. To help with that, we have built extension to put in place while we are building to make sure the wires are long enough after installation. Here is how we did that:

Working panel supports

Working panel supports

These brackets are just to support the panel during construction.  We will move the panel back, and anchor the wires when completed.

Electrical Work…

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We are underway on electrical and things are going well.  Long wires are run, and we are starting panel stuff.  we installed fuses and circut breakers in this project. Two fuse boxes (essential bus and master bus) that are not available in flight. If you get an electrical short in flight, wait until you are on the ground before trying to fix it. In-flight fires can ruin your day.

The fuse blocks are mounted on a hinged flap that can be lowered by removing two screws.

We also have 4 circuit breakers on the left panel, for alternator field, flaps, trim, and auto pilot. These are the kind that can be manually pulled in case of runaway.

Fuse Cluster

Fuse Cluster

Here is a tip for electrical work.  Buy a handful of alligator jumper wires for testing and fitting. These are pretty cheap, and will help with testing before installing.

Jumper Wires

Jumper Wires

a 12V electrical test light is also a good purchase.

ANL fuse is mounted on the firewall, and an inline fuse for the master is connected right off the master relay contactor (orange, but hard to see in this picture)

ANL fuse on firewall

ANL fuse on firewall