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Old 12-08-2017, 08:12 AM
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OK, I’m trying the google photo sharing instruction on this site to see if I can get it to work. I have the app on my iPad because my son in law, who is an excellent photographer, uses google to post pics of my grandchildren in a shared album. The instructions say something about right clicking on the photo, which of course you can’t do on an iPad, so I’m experimenting. My link looks too short to be right, but I won’t know until I try to post it.

This is a pic of my modified bent (welded) front stick on my new RV8 that I’m building.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/cA0KnZCs7M4PgTrD2

Wow!! It looks like it works! The stick is offset 2 inches and the offset clears the front edge of the seat pan. Some of the top of the stick will be removed when I install my infinity grip, but there’s still plenty of room for it to clear the bottom of the IP and in the full forward position it doesn’t reach the gear tower cross brace. Cut angle is 65 degrees - 2 cuts 2.3 inches apart. That cut off piece makes the offset piece - rotated making the upper and lower parts parallel.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:10 AM
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nice welding jig ...
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:47 PM
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OK Scott, I gotta ask----What does this bent stick do for you? Would I want one?
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Old 12-11-2017, 06:12 AM
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Not Scott, but this is on top of my list of things to get done. I'm not tall and my arms aren't long, so when I'm hand flying the plane, I have my right arm extended in a way that is not conducive to a long session. What this would do for me is allow me to rest my arm on my leg and fly the plane with my fingers instead of having my arm stuck straight out.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:35 AM
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OK Scott, I gotta ask----What does this bent stick do for you? Would I want one?
I've been trying to work this out for myself and answer the question:

Presently the stick I have in my -8 is too short. Because of this the web between my thumb and forefinger will hit the Flaps Down button if I'm not careful. Also when I grip the stick my forefinger will occasionally hit the PTT.
my little finger never touches the stick as my arm is at a decided down angle.

I have about 1.75" of clearance between the underside of the instrument panel and the top of the present stick. So I could add a little less than that much to the stick height.

If that 1.75" is not enough to alleviate the grip issue then there's no recourse except to bend the stick. But bending the stick 2 inches will make no difference at all because it will still go under the panel. By making a PCV mock up I concluded that I need to bend the stick back 4" in order to raise the stick height above the bottom edge of the panel and prevent it from hitting the panel.

So I'm not certain what bending the stick 2" back does.

Van's makes curved sticks for other planes - will one of those fit in an -8?
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:45 AM
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I have a stick exactly like that and it works great. Way more comfortable for me to fly with and when flying inverted itís an easy push. I too am blessed with arms shorter than an orangutan.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:53 AM
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I have a stick exactly like that and it works great. Way more comfortable for me to fly with and when flying inverted it’s an easy push. I too am blessed with arms shorter than an orangutan.
Ah ok so the main benefit of the 2" adjustment seems to be to place the stick in a comfy position when at/near neutral. I understand that now.
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Old 12-11-2017, 08:08 AM
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nice welding jig ...
I'm really impressed with how the welding could be accomplished without damaging the paint......
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:08 AM
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I'm really impressed with how the welding could be accomplished without damaging the paint......
Cold fusion.

As for the -8 stick, after 3 tries, I have a good config that's high enough and set back enough to be comfortable. But as Scott shows, it has to be cut and welded. Bending won't get it there.

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Old 12-11-2017, 09:17 AM
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Cold fusion.

As for the -8 stick, after 3 tries, I have a good config that's high enough and set back enough to be comfortable. But as Scott shows, it has to be cut and welded. Bending won't get it there.


Hi Brian,

What is the setback distance of your stick? The distance between the lines of the two vertical parts?

Thanks.
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