Originally Posted by mturnerb
In practice, I haven't found this to be an issue at all - I just glance at the valve when I change tanks. Just pointing out in case others are wondering....
Turner and Ken,
We anticipate that the majority of builders will continue to utilize the stock Vans valve, for which we have supported drop in CNC bent tubes for several years.
Due to an increasing number of calls from those who wanted either a type 7 Valve configuration or a Duplex valve configuration, we decided to invest the time to come up with a solution.
Our prototyping and R and D is very much based on what we hear from other builders, and what they ask us to develop. That's why these projects were launched.
The beauty of these planes is the ability to customize. The type 7 valve isn't any better or worse than the stock Valve. For those builders who find it more aesthetically pleasing/intuitive, we wanted to design a solution. The fact that it was difficult to do increased the motivation factor.
The word "Impossible" is not in our vocabulary. Part of the fun of this hobby is finding ways to make things work. It also challenges us to continue to increase our capability to design and manufacture increasingly complex components. This is important for our direct end use customers as well as the OEMs that we work with. As Tom alluded to in a previous post, we have been in the middle of a large equipment and design capability restructuring for the last 12 months. The ability to prototype things like this quicker and more accurately are part of that shift.