MFU's wings are set to head off to the jig on Wednesday 30 November. This is a big moment for the project. Completion date is prob between March/June 2012. They will be de-skined etc, inspected and assessed as to what is required for return to service.
Thinking ahead on the instrument panel, like G500/600 primary display ? Not what she had in PNG but ....
Tinpis, I guess you mean the control column's ? The original yokes are in good order, they are the ones before the big square "airbag" looking types that are in the F series. They will tidy up OK.
The original panel is good too and mostly complete. Much of old radio's and cradles are still there but unuseable. But I will need to start from scratch so was considering a clean piece of paper. The G500 PFD/MFD is just an option at this phase.
Chimbu thanks, yes been in touch with GR several times and received several photo's. Exactly what I want. Getting new LHS panel cut out so I can plan better. The sub-panel may go in soon though. I'm still away off and actual radio options may change by then too I guess. I have a full scale drawing made up of the pilot's panel as a draft, like EFB, it makes the new layout very simple. Can't wait.
Nice thing about the G430/530 radio is that I've found a source that are replacing existing like install's with the new G650/750 touch screen units. So with some lead time, I might be able to get hold of some quality used main radio's to feed the 500.
Wings have arrived at a separate workshop with a good jig last Monday, they will be opened up and reviewed, hoping there is no major deal there. I have a spare set of wings I possibly can use for parts. If not, they are for sale. So by June, I plan that all the metal work should be done with the cabin up to a stage that the floor is back down.