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Old 01-04-2019, 06:17 PM
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Has anyone ever shortened the bottom of the 7's instrument panel?. My wife loves to fly with me and I'm building a 7. The instruments panel is low and makes it very difficult for her to get in.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:58 PM
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Default Extended panel

Low? Is it possibly an extended panel?
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Old 01-04-2019, 07:32 PM
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Has anyone ever shortened the bottom of the 7's instrument panel?. My wife loves to fly with me and I'm building a 7. The instruments panel is low and makes it very difficult for her to get in.
No but I do recommend placing your power levers on the panel instead as shown here.

http://www.kevinsrv7.com/hannahpanel1.jpg
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Old 01-05-2019, 08:27 PM
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Default Panel Position Seems Too Close

Does the RV-7A panel seem close or almost in your face? I've been hangar flying getting ready for first flight and with the seat cushions in I feel like I'm too close to the panel. Pedals are okay. Seat is all the way back. The seat seems to vertical too, like it should be tilted back a little. Any suggestions? (Other than I'll get use to it.)

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Old 01-05-2019, 09:23 PM
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The Antisplat Almost 14 Mod provides a nice reclining angle. Great mod - inexpensive at $180 and relatively ez to install if u built the plane.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:43 PM
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If you have sufficient head room, you could also try a spacer under to seat cushion to raise you above the panel. You could try a 1" ridgid styrofoam panel under there to see how that feels.
For a real panel in your face experience, try out sitting on a Rocket or RV8.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:50 PM
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To pickup on the Antisplat comment, you might also consider additionally adding the new Easy Exit bar @ $89. Both the Almost a 14 and the Easy Exit Bar modifications should address any entry, exit and seating position concerns you might have.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:14 AM
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My thought was that by raising the bottom of the instrument (by cutting it off of course) it would allow more room for bending ones leg. Long flights, leg cramps, etc. I haven't finished the build yet and I am still contemplating the panel layout. With todays avionics there is more than enough real estate (in my opinion) for all that I would need.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:31 AM
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I plan on doing the same - minimalist panel using modern instruments should allow for maximum legroom. In my experience, you can never have enough!
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