Thanks all for the input!
I ended up getting the Vans Flaps Positioning Controller. Install looks good on the ground and I will try it out in the air once I'm flying her again.
FYI, there are a few reasons I went for a more automated setup:
- Avoid running the motor up against the stop -- my doing so repeatedly made my motor wear to the point that I've had to upgrade to a 7.5 A fuse from a 5 A fuse.
- Easier flap retraction on a go-around, when the situation is already stressful.
- Overall ergonomics, even when extending.
I might feel differently regarding the above if I had more experience/time on the airplane (like many of you!). But at this point, I want to reduce as much cognitive load as possible and be safe. I'm sure all of this will become second nature after I have more experience and build up my skills.