Ian Melville wrote:
...the only thing I can fault with that would be that PAW is also a portable installation unless you take it apart - but then you could take apart any portable installation and make it permanent. ..
Removing a cover with one finger is hardly “take it apart”
They even offer two different installation kits for fitted installations.
It must be more than that or do the antennae and Raspberry Pi just fall out too? Anyway, either way, if it is a permanent installation it needs Mod Approval - even for an LAA aircraft:
LAA MOD 7: https://www.lightaircraftassociation.co ... lation.pdf
I’m guessing as PAW is intended to be portable then the following applies when it is not installed permanently: “Temporarily installed portable equipment does not require to be listed below but ‘hand-held’ radios do require the issue of an Aircraft Radio Licence.”
However, as soon as you install it permanently then you will need to have that MOD 7 paperwork completed to the satisfaction of the LAA.
Now the question would be for a permanent install is whether PAW complies with this requirement in LAA TL 3.03:
“All radio equipment including portable equipment and transponders installed in UK aircraft must be of a type that has undergone an appropriate approval process by either EASA, the CAA or the FAA.”http://www.lightaircraftassociation.co. ... ations.pdf
So in summary, to permanently fit a PAW in even a Permit to Fly machine, I believe you need the installation approved, checked by a suitably qualified LAA Inspector or CAA-Licensed Avionics Engineer, a suitable circuit breaker fitted and a flight test. Unless there is a standing Mod for this for the particular aircraft type and then some of the process can be shortened.
So not really just a matter of sliding off the top cover is it?