Crazy Fall E.I. Rebate…

If you have been thinking about an engine monitor, it might be time to give the CGR-30 a look.  E.I. has a current rebate that seems pretty tempting.  $1000 off the basic 6 cyl unit.

The Basic model wont give you the functionality of the Premium, but if you need a simple engine monitor (CHT/EGTs) fuel flow computer this would be a great deal. (also does Volts, OAT, RPM and tach time.)

If you are considering any E.I. unit, please give me a shout as Bushwagon East is an E.I. dealer.



Panel Progress…

Here is a shot of the panel. Simple and clean. With the MVP-50 you can really toss a bunch of stuff. The 4 empty holes have color matched powdercoated blanks in them now. The hole to the left of the TB will have a snap in Dynon D2 with the other three empties there to grow into in case anything new and “fancy” comes along. I have also left provisions for additional CBs on the buss and switch holes so upgrades will be easy.


The GTX330 goes under the MVP-50 along with a Hobbs and Kannad 406 remote switch.Image

Pretty much every single wire on the airplane has been replaced. Tons of work, but so worth it. This is the FA Dodge firewall batt mod with Bogert Low Loss batt cables. (saved 23lbs total)


I have also started adding all the final trim, placards, and final detail work. Its rewarding feeling it come together.


Panel Wiring…

All the avionics are finished and are wired. The avionics are set it up to take advantage of all the new Garmin capabilities. 330, SL30, and 430w all talk to each other and the Garmin 796 as well as the MVP-50. I also upgraded the STEC 30 with GPSS so it should be a pretty cool ride.


Also finally got the panels finished. Was a long process, but in the end they really do look nice. Started installing the sub-panel.

Panel Discussion…



Well I finally got to the conversation going with the vendor about a panel design for the Skywagon. The intent for the panel will be to follow the same lines as the entire project. Simple, light, and elegant. I’m really excited to see how it will end up!

The question came up about just what we could omit in the new panel by using an engine analyzers/systems monitor.  I spent some time on the phone today with the tech over at E.I. and I was pretty impressed.

Of course there is the age old fear of a catastrophic failure of a single piece of equipment, but I think for me, the allure of the simplicity, precision, and weight savings overshadows the fear of a catastrophic failure.

By installing the MVP-50 I can loose pretty much everything:

Oil Temp
Oil Pressure
Manif Pressure
Gryo Vac
Fuel Level

I can also have a whole host of other info… AND it only weights 1.9lbs. There is also $300 rebate now till Dec 31st. Hmmmmm…….

Stay tuned.