Gulf Coast Avionics recently completed a panel make-over of a 2004 Piper 6X for client David Linder. The list of Garmin-branded avionics is long and impressive. And there is little doubt David’s 6X panel is both a thing of beauty and a safety-packed, near future-proof system.
“He does 90% of his flying with his wife and three children on board,” said Matt Schloss, sales manager, Gulf Coast Avionics. “So taking full advantage of the available safety features offered by Garmin’s displays and the autopilot was our number one priority.”
When I looked at the before and after photos I noticed a lack of any traditional round gauges in the after photo. And that got me thinking, “How much weight did they save?”
Back in the last century I recall replacing the King radio stack in our Cessna 205 with the Apollo (now Garmin) slim-line series. The weight savings was impressive. More than 20 pounds if memory serves.
David’s new panel saves him 40 pounds, according to Gulf Coast Avionics. That’s an extra six-plus gallons of 100LL, another bag or two, or maybe just more margin under gross weight. All good things.
This Piper 6X’s panel now includes:
- Dual Garmin 10.6” G500 TXi touchscreen displays
- Single Garmin 7” G500 TXi display for Engine Information System
- Garmin GTN750 touchscreen GPS/COMM/NAV
- Garmin GFC500 Digital Autopilot with Electronic Stability Protection
- Garmin GI-260 Angle-Of-Attack (AOA) Indicator
- Garmin G5 Back-Up Display
- Garmin GTX 345R ADS-B Out/In Remote Transponder
- Garmin GMA 35c Remote Audio Panel
- Dual Garmin GSB 15 USB Power & Charging connectors
- All-new engine sensors for display on the G500 TXi
- Custom designed and manufactured metal instrument panel
That’s a weight reduction program the most enthusiastic fitness trainer would be proud of.
I didn’t ask how long it took or how much it cost. You know the saying, if you have to ask…
Congratulations to both David (and his family) and Gulf Coast Avionics. Now go enjoy that sweet 6X David.