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Old 04-03-2014, 10:26 AM
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Question Center Console?

Has anyone put a center console in their RV-9?
I see Aircraft Extras has one, and it is advertised as being strong enough to assist with entry/exit of the plane.

Does it take too much room?

Thoughts? Pictures?

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Old 04-03-2014, 12:09 PM
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Default similar models?

Dave, I think it would be safe to poll the 6-7-9 community, if not identical they must be pretty close in width.
I'd love a console, especially to hang a throttle quadrant, but even with 17" wide hips, add the 'mature' pilot thigh pudge, and I really dont' want to give up another couple inches!
There is a skinny version that holds a fire extinguisher, and serves as an armrest, but I'm not sure you'd want to stand on it. It may be plenty strong, but the side load or someone actually pushing-off of it might be too much.
I think a custom shape, rather than the typical box, might work.....almost nothing at the hip, flaring to a low, wider shape forward, much like some little cars.
Hope to see some good pics and ideas here!!!

....or check out this thread....

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=32220
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:21 PM
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:42 PM
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Default Console

If you install a console make it easily removable. Getting under the panel is tough enough already.

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Old 04-03-2014, 12:46 PM
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If you ever need to crawl under your panel, and trust me, you WILL, you will curse a console. It's cramped enough under there already.

BTW, the -6, -7, and the -9 fuselages are all the same width.
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:19 PM
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Default Three piece panel

Yup!

I have a three piece panel that is removable. I'm kinda big to be trying to crawl around under there.

BUT

I think the "removable" advice is a good idea.

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Old 04-04-2014, 08:54 AM
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I'm nowhere near to that point in the build, but I am planning on designing some sort of two-section console, combining the Bonehead Composites RV-7 throttle quadrant area with a modified version of a slimmer "map box console" based on designs from another builder - more so just because I like to have a spot to rest my boney right arm during flight. I'm hoping to get the design where the forward throttle area comes back just to the fuel selector, leaving the space at knee level between it and the map box console open. I'll know more once I get to that point of the build in a few months, and can really sit down to draw it up.
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:16 AM
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I built the same "airplane extras" console during a lull in the build just in case. I don't even have the fuse in the shop yet, so I cannot give you advice on the fit.

I do like the design, and it is pretty "removable" or at least could be moved to the side as designed. Fairly light and well thought out.

I will have to report back in a while when I finally attempt to fit it and then decide.

I can tell you, I am trying to lose some of my girth before then to help the decision.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:13 PM
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Yup!
I have a three piece panel that is removable. I'm kinda big to be trying to crawl around under there.
BUT
I think the "removable" advice is a good idea.
Dkb
Just remember, the panel is not the only reason to have to crawl under it. There are also rudder pedals, brake pedals, master cylinders, and various maintenance items down there.
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:22 PM
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I am in the process of installing the Aircraft Extra's center console into my 9A. I also have the affordable panels standard slider panel. If you look at the link below you can see the pictures of my initial install process. It's not very wide (3") and feels pretty comfortable so far. Obviously I havent flown it but I have sat with it installed.

http://www.darinanderson.com/2014/03/deja-vu.html
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