Bob and I took 9478E up today, the first flight since the panel upgrade. I received my newly updated airplane back from Flight-Deck Avionics Wednesday morning, August 31st but have not been able to fly until today. One word... WOW! This new panel is fantastic and well worth the wait. The work took a bit longer than originally planned (about 4 weeks) but I'm very satisfied with the end result. Situational awareness has increased considerably and I have already noticed I'm able to scan for needed information much quicker.
We practiced slow flight, S-turns, rectangular patterns and tight turns all of which went very well. I have a very good feel for my airplane now and instructor Bob was happy. Best of all... I am home safe and sound back with my beautiful wife AND... without giving Provo Tower cause to laugh. My landing was much better this time but still not good. Must practice landings!
Below is a picture of the completed updated panel; Garmin G500 primary flight display and multi-function display (left side), GNS 430W GPS, GTX 330 Transponder with traffic, SL-40 COM Radio, GMA 340 Audio Panel and then of course analog instruments from the old panel as backups. AWESOME!