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Old 04-03-2015, 10:13 PM
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Default Why an overhead console?

So, why an overhead console?
Seems everyone does it. But what do you actually use it for other than lights and air vent hose?
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:41 PM
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Default You said it

Lights and most importantly fresh overhead air supply.
It also makes a convenient cover for wire bundles for GPS antennae
or headset wiring.
If you live in a hot climate the overhead fresh air supply is enough reason to add an overhead console IMHO.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:23 PM
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I agree with Ernst, but they reduce headroom. I am 6'4" and very long in the upper torso. I Bumped my headset when leaning to the center. Actually lowered the seat 1" to get enough headroom.

I know about the carefully designed seat foam, but if you can't be comfortable, why build a -10? My -6A had a 3/4" seat cushion before I did the Almost A -14 Aerosplat mod.

If you are tall or long upper body, try to find one to sit in before you drop the money on the overhead.
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Old 04-04-2015, 12:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike D View Post
So, why an overhead console?
Seems everyone does it. ?
Well, not everyone! Build what you want.
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Old 04-04-2015, 05:04 AM
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It was the only mod that my wife insisted I install. She wanted fresh air blowing in her face an not her crotch. Now that I'm flying, I think air in the face is more effective at being perceived to cool you off than the standard vents.

I have the Aerosport Products console installed and have not found it to be an issue of hitting my head on the console.

Secondarily, I'm got all of my interior lighting installed in the console as well.
Bob Leffler
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:14 AM
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Good replys so far. Thanks!!

How are most getting the fresh air to the front and rear seats?
Are you adding NACA vents in the rear and using scat tubes to pull it forward? Is there another way?

Do others without the overhead vents feel you need more fresh air?
Michael Delpier
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Old 04-04-2015, 06:37 AM
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You have to add NACA vents in the rear. I opted to go with one on the right side, which feeds 4 eyeball vents the overhead. Some have opted to go with 2 NACA vents (1 on each side). SCAT connects the NACA to the overhead.
Todd Stovall
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:20 AM
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My Warrior has a ventilation fan in the tail cone that allows forced air distribution through the overhead vents while on the ground. There is a pickup at the top of the vertical stab that connects to the fan suction with scat tubing. The fan then feeds into the overhead console.

Has anyone considered a similar arrangement for their -10? The extra ventilation due to the fan is great on hot days on the ramp. You can direct a stream of air right on top of your head, which helps a lot. It may not be as good as air conditioning, but it is pretty useful.
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Old 04-04-2015, 07:49 AM
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Default Do it your way

There have been so many 10s built with many variations that when you ask about any option lots of folks who have chosen that particular option jump in the forum to convince you to also do that option. Those that chose a different way remain silent so you never get a sense of how the masses are going.

It would be my unscientific sense that there are more 10s without the overhead console than with it. I do not have it and am perfectly happy without it. Also saves lots of time and money

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Old 04-04-2015, 08:00 AM
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I only have lights and dimmer controls in my overhead console and it hides my antenna coax cables. I built my own and made it only 5" wide and 3/4 " deep in the front. I did not want anything wider than the 5" because I wanted to maintain headroom in the seating areas. I have found that if I open the front NACA supplied eyeball vents on the ground, I get a very good airflow through them as soon as I fire up the engine as the NACA's collect air from the prop blast.
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