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Old 06-27-2022, 09:36 PM
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Default Flap Switch Location

Mine is on the panel to the right and above the engine controls because thatís where it is on most of the other planes I fly.

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Old 06-27-2022, 09:48 PM
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RV-6, second iteration on the panel - the first was standard 6-pack so I rearranged things some including flap switch when I went to a new panel with glass.

From that experience, I chose above / slightly left of the throttle for the flap switch, and for me it's perfect as I can operate it with my thumb while my hand is on the throttle.

As an aside, I always liked manual flaps in Cessnas, and might have done that in my -6. But while I was building I was fortunate enough to get 50 or so hrs in a manual flaps RV-6 and that convinced me that in SBS RVs, the geometry of the manual flap handle is far less than ideal. So that's why I chose electric flaps in the -6. Dunno if manual flaps are even an option in the newer models? But in case so, food for thought.
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:36 PM
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In my RV-14, I put a flaps switch on the panel just above the Steinair throttle bracket. With over 100 hours flying with it, I like it there and wouldn't move it.

Side note for the over-thinkers: I put some effort into designing an "alternate flaps" system that would let me raise and lower the flaps in the even the VP-X Pro fails. I ended up not doing the alternate flaps because no-flaps landings are a non-event in the RV-14. I did put in alternate trim that allows me to send power from the IBBS backup battery directly to the pitch trim.
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Old 06-28-2022, 06:47 PM
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In the same general location as a Cessna. That's a muscle memory I don't see a need to unlearn.
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:26 PM
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Not a -14, but in both of my -7's I placed it just above and to the left of the throttle.

I'm just not a fan of "extra" functions on the stick...
My 6A, Exactly the same.
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Old 06-28-2022, 10:59 PM
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For the Garmin G3x system with a GAD27 you can have two sets of flap switch inputs. I have a panel switch just to the left of the throttle as many others. I also have a flap switch on the pilot stick. I haven't flown with a flap switch on the stick before so I thought this is is a good starting point. If at some point in the future I get used to or decide I like the stick flap switch then I can use that as the primary. I think the flap switch next to the throttle is pretty convenient though so we'll see how it goes.
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Old 06-29-2022, 12:18 PM
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Not a -14, but in both of my -7's I placed it just above and to the left of the throttle.

I'm just not a fan of "extra" functions on the stick...
I have both ... one the stick and one the panel just above and left of the throttle.

I only use the one on the panel. It's very convenient for all operations, especially fast reconfigurations on touch and gos. I'd be happy to dump the flap switch from the grip and never look back.
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Old 06-29-2022, 12:28 PM
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I don’t use flaps that often but it’s my preference to put the flaps down with the switch I have on the panel. However, I do think it would be nice to be able to command full flap retraction from a button on the stick.

Currently my flap switch is a momentary rocker switch so I have to continually hold it for flaps up or down in the circumstances where I might be using flaps. I don’t mind that for adding flaps but it would be nice on a go-around or touch-and-go to not have to hold the switch continuously to retract them. I’ve had my eye on the flap positioning system from Showplanes, but they tell me I have to use their switch, and I don’t care for it. I’d buy it if I could use my existing switch, or something not quite so….functional…in appearance. This stuff is on my list of things to investigate but I haven’t got that far down that list yet.
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Old 06-29-2022, 01:29 PM
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Iíve got my flap switch on the panel above the throttle. Itís a gigantic flap shaped switch, so itís easy to access without looking. Iím not a fan of the HOTAS flap functionsÖ

With a center console throttle it would be easy to put a toggle just to the side or behind the throttle control, thatís where the flap were in the jets I flew with console mounted throttles.
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Old 06-29-2022, 07:44 PM
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As an aside, I always liked manual flaps in Cessnas, and might have done that in my -6. But while I was building I was fortunate enough to get 50 or so hrs in a manual flaps RV-6 and that convinced me that in SBS RVs, the geometry of the manual flap handle is far less than ideal. So that's why I chose electric flaps in the -6. Dunno if manual flaps are even an option in the newer models? But in case so, food for thought.
I donít find the geometry to be a problem, and I like the simplicity and fail safe aspect of manual flaps. I can dump the flaps in the blink of an eye on a gusty landing, and Ďglueí the airplane to the runway. I can extend or retract the flaps on preflight, or during maintenance without powering anything up electrically. Iím a fan of manual flaps.
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