This weekend I spent some time knocking out a bunch of tasks that I needed to do in preparation to painting the interior. I need to paint the canopy frame and most of the interior parts before bonding the canopy to the frame.
I primed a bunch of parts that will be painted a dark gray. These are most of the interior panels that won’t be covered by carpet.
Some of them will, but I didn’t want to have exposed parts.
I then disassembled the panel and finished drilling it for some of the final components.
These are the holes for the dimmer knobs. One will be used for panel lighting, another for overhead/interior lighting, and the third for the baggage area. I have provisions for a fourth one, but haven’t decided what I could be used for.
I then cut the slots for the usb receptacles. These are for database and software updates, as well as all the chart data that the Dynon EFISs will use.
I then installed the center channel covers. On the pilots side I added provisions for a ram mount so that I can install my iPad. Having an integrated mounting solution is so much nicer than a suction cup or clamp.
Here’s the passenger side cover. Most of this will be covered by the side paneling but some might exposed, which is why I painted it.
Here is the lighting controller for the knobs and the interior lighting. It’s mounted to the Dynon EFIS tray.
Next week I’ll be getting the paint and will be painting a lot of the interior in preparation for the canopy bonding which should happen in the next few weeks!