Hi guys, I'm thinking about building a Vans RV 7 ( or 10 haven't decided yet ). And would like to equip it for flight under IFR, as given NZ's fickle Wx it would open up greater options for X/country travel. Obviously the radios, Nav aids and GPS etc need to be of the TSO'd (read expensive!) variety, my question is whether it is possible to use non certified EFIS ( dynon etc ) as primary flight instruments? Or do I have to use a certifed '6 pack' of round dials? Are there many homebuilts operating IFR in NZ?
There are planty of IFR capable homebuilts in NZ, including those with EFIS panels. I'm not entirely up with the play on whether you need TSO gear for IFR, but I was talking with a bloke on the weekend intending to fly around the world in his IFR equipped RV10, and he had to take his extreemely accurate and reliable GPS unit out and fit a less reliable but certified one instead - But I think that was mainly to ease CAA concerns over transoceanic IFR, rather than due to a blanket policy. I'd suggest talking to Rex Kenny at CAA in wellington (his contact number is on the CAA web page to see what is required before you spend lots of money on anything. The sport Aircraft guys at CAA are really helpful and will give advice to avaoid problems later on.
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Why don't you just carry a cat and a duck. Cats always stand on their feet, so if it is on the canopy your upside down. Ducks don't fly in bad weather so you push it out the clear vision window and follow it down. Don't get a lazy cat or you may have to carry a dog to keep it awake.