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Old 01-12-2019, 09:49 AM
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Default Flap Position Indication at Night

Originally Posted by Wunderson View Post
Not having done it, is it easy to see the flaps at night?
The answer is no, unless you use a flashlight or if you have a light of some sort illuminating the flaps from the cockpit. This is the single best reason for having a flap position indicator, in my opinion. If you never fly at night or never fly IFR, then you probably don't need it. The RV-10/RV-14 guys, because of the reflex position, probably have further justification for having the gauge.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:09 AM
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For those that are considering,.... RV Flaps are not a precision tool. Mike Seager teaches a two step approach, flaps half when abeam the threshold, full on base. My home field is a tight short field. I typically dump all of my flaps when I am abeam and make a "short approach".
If you need an indicator to do this, or even need to "see" what is going on your not in touch with your airplane.

So, I am definitely in the camp of the KISS principle when it comes to the flaps. However, people like gadgets and will justify their use. Nobody wants to be accused of putting something in that wasn't necessary or useful.
I simply don't find flap operation, as designed by Vans, to be an area of concern under any circumstance that I have encountered.
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