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Garmin 696 Mount for R44


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Hey Everyone -

 

The 696 mount that I had made for my R44 has been completed and works great. I have posted all of the pictures of the mount both before and after installation) on m Flickr account (link below).

 

I cannot say enough good things about the 696 and how well the layout works for me specifically.

 

The 696 itself is a fantastic unit and where I have it placed works great for me with the panel that I have in my R44. It mounts to the PSC bar normally used for the Garmin 530 in the R44.

 

The person that designed and created the mount is Doug Hughbanks with Pabas Radio (jet-@cox.net) (760) 443-2424. I have had a lot of requests for his contact info about this mount and he said if there is enough interest he could get a mold made for it.

 

If you have any questions about the 696 let me know. I have only about 10 hours behind it now but will be happy to answer any questions that I can!

 

 

Garmin 696 Mount Pictures

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ok, so i have to ask this... at 2200 hrs or 12 yrs. you have to send this thing back to Robinson, there is alot of time/money that has went into that thing that is going to have to be pulled out, then totally re-installed. or will Robinson do your overhaul with all that extra stuff on the helicopter?

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ok, so i have to ask this... at 2200 hrs or 12 yrs. you have to send this thing back to Robinson, there is alot of time/money that has went into that thing that is going to have to be pulled out, then totally re-installed. or will Robinson do your overhaul with all that extra stuff on the helicopter?

 

 

Plenty of good overhaul shops out there besides Frank's.

 

Goldy

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ok, so i have to ask this... at 2200 hrs or 12 yrs. you have to send this thing back to Robinson, there is alot of time/money that has went into that thing that is going to have to be pulled out, then totally re-installed. or will Robinson do your overhaul with all that extra stuff on the helicopter?

 

 

Clay -

 

Ah yes...I actually had this very conversation with Frank Robinson himself when I was up at the factory and the bottom line is that their method of overhaul does not fit well with all of my add ons. In the end, I would most likely have Civic Helicopters in Carlsbad overhaul it.

 

My intent is to transition into an R66, so I am not really sure how long I will have 42G. That all depends on when it becomes available since I think I would wait a year or two for them to work out all of the bugs and ADs before getting into one of them.

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  • 1 month later...

Richard,

Now that you have had this for a while, are you still happy with the 696 mount? Would you do it differently if you had to do it again?

My boss showed up today with a new 696 to put in the 44 and I'm trying to figure out where to put it. I may call Doug and see what he charges to make another mount...

Thanks,

Brian

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Richard,

Now that you have had this for a while, are you still happy with the 696 mount? Would you do it differently if you had to do it again?

My boss showed up today with a new 696 to put in the 44 and I'm trying to figure out where to put it. I may call Doug and see what he charges to make another mount...

Thanks,

Brian

 

 

Brian -

 

I absolutely LOVE the 696 and the mount. For the size of the 696, its in a perfect location for me, does not block any visibility out the front or down towards the ground for landing and hovering operations.

 

If I had to do it over again, I would pick the exact same place and mount. I worked with Doug on several mockups for location, positioning, tilt, etc until I had it exactly where I thought it would work best.

 

Not sure where you are located but if you are close to San Diego, you are welcome to stop by and take a look at it in person.

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I appreciate the offer, but I'm on the other side of the country ;)

I'm going to have my local shop order up one of the horizontal support bars for the helicopter asap, and see how the yoke mount works for now. I have a feeling it's going to vibrate a lot but my boss wants his new toy in there for now until I get a better solution.

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there's no doubt that it's a great toy. I've had one for a few months and love it. a few friends have picked it up since and love it. there's a great lap-mount too and it's comfortable to use.

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I appreciate the offer, but I'm on the other side of the country ;)

I'm going to have my local shop order up one of the horizontal support bars for the helicopter asap, and see how the yoke mount works for now. I have a feeling it's going to vibrate a lot but my boss wants his new toy in there for now until I get a better solution.

 

Ah - yea, long way to go to see it in person!!

 

I can tell you that when I first got the 696, I used the RAM mount that came with it and attached it to the head's up bar. It was horrible. The vibration transmitted through the arm made it very difficult to use easily. However, I will tell you that I had it all the way out since I had it next to an MX20 I had installed in the R44 at the time.

 

Hopefully your luck will be better!

 

I will shoot you a copy of the 337 via your email!

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