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HSI repair vs new EFIS

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:37 am    Post subject: HSI repair vs new EFIS Reply with quote

My electric HSI has been in and out of the shop a bunch of times for failing drive bands - now they're saying "Gyro Capsule has Precession and needs to be replaced" - to the tune of about $3500. The plane has less than 300 hours on it so my BS alarm is going off thinking that they are trying to recover some warranty costs with a major component swapout. Not mentioning names here yet until I figure out what is going on and what I want to do.

I can get a brand new - new technology AFS AF5500 with ADAHRS and moving map software for less than $6000 and be done with all the old stuff. I was planning to migrate to this newer technology after I get my IFR ticket anyway as my electric AI gyro is of the same technology - as well as the turn coordinator.

Who all out there is flying with just the new glass screen/EFIS stuff?
How long did it take you to re-learn the instrumentation?

I'm already running one of their 3400EE units and I have been very happy with the performance so far!

Thoughts?!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:30 am    Post subject: HSI repair vs new EFIS Reply with quote

If you want to just fix the HSI issue replace it with a Dynon D10A (~$2200).

If at some point you upgrade the rest of the panel with AFS, SkyView or whatever the D10A then serves as a standalone backup. Attached photo is an RV-8A panel upgrade to a single 10" SkyView EFIS while retaining the original GRT EIS, JPI Fuel Flow, D10A and a few steam gauges. The upgrade also included both roll and pitch Dynon autopilot servos and AOA heated pitot.

Carl

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