Installing the Accessories

Installing the radio stack is only a small part of this job.  Phil wanted a Cessna standby electric vacuum pump installed while the aircraft was disassembled and I'll admit, there will never be a better time to install the pump than now.  I pity the poor fool that has to remove it should it fail in the future. SkyWatch We conned Mitch, our local A&P to install the pump for several reasons.  One reason was because my boys are going at a fast pace installing the avionics and wiring the radio stack that I didn't want to pull them off to install the pump.  As you can tell, even with the avionics and panels removed, the pump would be difficult to install, thus making it a good candidate for the A&P.  We try to pawn off things we don't want to do to Mitch.  By the way, being the electric vacuum pump kit was an option for this Cessna TR-182, only a aircraft record entry is required to return the aircraft to service, no major alteration 337 form is needed.  Most after-market electric vacuum pump kits mount the pump on top of the battery which is usually located on the same side of the firewall as the engine; meaning it constantly gets bombarded from the elements and heat from the engine.  This Cessna system mounts on top of the heat duct, inside the aircraft.  This pump is rather heavy and makes as much noise as a freight train on a clear, quiet night.  If Phil gets sleepy all he has to do is turn on the electric vacuum pump and I guarantee you, he will not fall asleep.  

Notice in the tail of the aircraft Ryan has installed the SkyWatch traffic system, WX500 Stormscope and WSI 200 weather system.  The empty mount you see while house the KG-102A gyro for the HSI system. I'll have a better picture of the WX500 later on.  The white antenna you see in one of the pics looks much like an ADF antenna.  This antenna is located on top of the fuselage and just behind the rear window.  The antenna connects to the WX500 Stormscope which basically is an ADF on steroids.  SkyWatch, WX500 Stormscope, WSI weather, all being displayed on the Garmin MX20 MFD; now that's going to be one busy indicator.  The cables you see in the tail of the aircraft aren't tied up yet, that will happen at the end of the installation. 

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