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Tuesday
Dec272011

Installing Display Monitors to Flight Deck Solutions MIP

Over Christmas, I mounted the display monitors to the MIP.  Although an easy task, it’s a bit fiddly trying to match up the monitor display with the perspex panel in the MIP.

Display Holders

I’m using two Viewsonic 19 inch wide screen monitors for the primary flight display and navigation display and an older HP 15 inch monitor for the centre EICAS.  After dismantling the plastic covers from the displays (how these clip together without screws only the Chinese can manage), I cleaned each screen before fitting to the rear of the MIP.  I’m glad I purchased from Flight Deck Solutions the monitor display holders, which make the attachment of the displays so much easier.  It’s only a matter of acquiring the correct position of the display, then moving the cradle forward, back, left or right and tightening the Allen screws.  It's a simple install and adjustment, but as mentioned, does take some time to ensure the screens are mounted in the correct position.

LEFT:  This is the Captain side display holder for the PFD and ND.  The monitor display, striped of its frame sits against this angled cradle bracket.  When positioned correctly you push the bracket onto the rear of the monitor for a snug fit and tighten the Allen bolts.  The cradle, of which there are three,  is attached to a 5 inch wide shelf.

Concerned About Dust

I was concerned that dust and back light may stray onto the monitor display between the display and MIP Perspex.  This is because the lower side of the monitor does not sit entirely flush to the perspex.  I solved this potential issue by adding to each monitor frame a layer of adhesive padding.  The padding also provides a soft interface between the front of the display and the MIP.  The padding strips are readily available at hardware outlets and often are used in the fitting of glass shower screens.

I couldn't find black coloured adhesive , therefore, to minimise the chance of seeing  the white adhesive, I used a permanent marker pen to colour in the inner edge.

One important thing to note when installing the displays is to make sure they are orientated the right way!  I installed them upside down – maybe because I live in Australia :)

Clean Up Wiring

Next on the list is to clean up the wiring from the MIP to the two computers.  As you can image there are a lot of wires, USB cables, power and monitor cables.  I used a wiring loom to keep things somewhat tidy; I dislike “rat-nest” wiring. 

What's Next?

After this, it’s onto installing Sim Avionics and other FDS software to get the MIP operational with full functionality. 

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