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Old 11-21-2020, 04:39 PM
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Default What Controls Did You Put on Your Stick?

Just curious what builders are doing for controls on the stick. I'm inclined to be minimal with an elevator trim and radio click to talk, but would be interested in hearing what other controls are considered desirable.
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Old 11-21-2020, 04:44 PM
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Aileron trim, elevator trim, PTT
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Old 11-21-2020, 04:51 PM
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Tosten CS 8, Trigger is PTT, below that is an almost hidden button used for A/P.

Top side--Cooley hat for pitch and yaw trim. Right top button for Comm freq swap, left button for XPNDR Ident.
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:30 PM
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Keep it simple, PTT & Trim.
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Old 11-21-2020, 05:41 PM
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PTT, AP disconnect, elevator trim and flaps.

Those get used nearly every flight (AP disconnect not 100% of the time).

I also have ident, freq flip flop for the comms, and one to swap between COM1 and COM2 for transmit. I basically never use those ... sometimes, on long flights, I play with them to remind myself what each one does.

In my case the grips and buttons were in the plane, and we decided to connect stuff up since we were in there redoing the whole electrical system.

In the -8, Iím only gonna have the first 4.

[I know some are not a fan of flaps on there, due to the risk of inadvertently lowering flaps. With the VPX, they will not deploy above whatever airspeed you program]

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In addition to trim and PTT, I have frequency flip flop, AP disconnect, and AP straight and level. Use all of them regularly.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:32 PM
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Cooley hat trim (pitch & roll) and PTT.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:36 PM
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Default 2 Infinity Aerospace stick grips in my RV8

1. Flaps (Spring Loaded to Center/Off from Down, or Up Hold (Front Seat Only), Momentary Down Flaps move to next position, Select Up Hold Flaps Retract, Momentary Up Flaps Retract 1 position)
2. The coolie hat 4-way switch controls pitch and roll trim.
3. The green right side button on the stick controls which radio (Com 1 or 2) radio is active for transmit.
4. Red Trigger Radio PTT
5. The Black Momentary Autopilot Engage/Disengage Switch (Default Heading/Alt Hold Function)
6. EFIS Control Switch - This Up/Down switch is Spring Loaded to Neutral (Off position) and has 2 functions.
UP POSITION - If an EFIS Master Alarm is Generated momentarily selecting the upper position with your pinky finger will acknowledge this alarm.

DOWN POSITION - The EFIS has up to 9 different Master Display screens available, by momentarily selecting the down position with your pinky finger the EFIS will cycle through the various screens 1 at a time (1 -->9) then back to 1 and can repeat as needed.

7. Control Panel has 2 On/Off Switches which can disconnect the Front or Back Seat Stick Grips Ground connection if a Stick Function (Switch) becomes stuck. Can also deactivate the RV8 Rear Seat stick for certain passengers.
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:41 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jpm757 View Post
Keep it simple, PTT & Trim.
PTT only. Keep it simpler
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Old 11-21-2020, 06:59 PM
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You know with 60 coming soon and just VFR I'm from the keep it simple school. To me there is nothing simpler than having things like fuel boost pump, flaps, trim auto-pilot disconnect , radio flip flop, and PTT on the stick. There is no removing your hand from the control stick or throttle and eyes from outside to find switches. For example on touch down, flaps up and fuel boost pump off. I can do both faster than you could do one on the panel switches and eyes don't even get involved. When you get use to it it becomes so natural. I have two planes both with the same sticks and doesn't matter which plane I'm in, the controls for these functions are at the same location. In turbulence you want select the next frequency for landing , there is no fidgeting around looking for the button, it's right there , click.
I would not have it any other way, old school, what is easier to operate. Give it a try , you will love it.
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