Originally Posted by 777Dave
Funny to see this thread reappear😉
In the end I went electric and don't regret it at all. Pretty easy mod and of course, eliminates the handle.
Yes it seems there are no new questions or answers. just new people asking them.
I built my RV4 per the plans in the last century before internet chat groups. The builders group posted a article on the now defunct "RV8R" newsletter for a flap handle "stair step" mod. I installed it on mine which makes it impossible to pop out of the detent without pulling slightly up first. I also "reflexed" my flaps in the bottom notch per the Maule Flap arrangement with a 2 degree up flap past neutral. This added a knot or two in cruise, just as it does on the Maule.
I like manual flaps for STOL takeoffs from soft turf, STOL landings to raise immediately upon touchdown and of course the perfunctory 1V1 dogfight...