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Old 08-02-2017, 01:37 PM
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Does anyone have any experience with the extensions from Vans? How well do they work?
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:05 PM
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No disrespect here at all, but the South Vietnamese pilot's I trained (early 70's), used 2x4 blocks and rubber bands. They never had any complaints at all. Far as I can remember, that solution worked very well with no unsafe issues at all.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:43 PM
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:10 PM
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Another thing to think about, I have a short instep, am about five ft 7. I could not reach the full rudder travel or the brakes. I installed another hinge half two inches forward of the original two. MUCH more comfortable seating position for me with a big belly - and I can reach the pedals just fine. Same difference as stretching your legs 2 inches. I have done this on both of my 12s, and the seating is very comfortable.
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Old 08-02-2017, 06:41 PM
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My youngest daughter wants to learn to fly and I am considering teaching her in the 12. The pedals are too far away for her short legs. Has anyone used vans pedal extensions? If so, what did you think?
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Old 08-03-2017, 06:00 AM
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I built these out of scrap aluminum pieces I had laying around to teach my wife to land the RV7 in an emergency. Attached securely with zip ties they work good. Now if I could get her excited about practicing!



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Old 08-03-2017, 06:07 AM
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Hi Dave12

I'm 5'8" and have flown my RV12 with and without the Rudder Pedal Extensions sold by Vans. I find it much easier to transition between use of brakes and rudder with the extensions. They're well made and very simple to install/remove (no tools needed).

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Old 08-03-2017, 07:17 AM
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Hi Mike, The photos didn't show up. It would be interesting to see what you did.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:38 AM
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No disrespect here at all, but the South Vietnamese pilot's I trained (early 70's), used 2x4 blocks and rubber bands. They never had any complaints at all. Far as I can remember, that solution worked very well with no unsafe issues at all.
There is at least one fatality related to using rudder pedal extensions that I know of - Vicky Cruise, the world class aerobatic pilot.

I haven't seen the extensions from Vans, but would definitely discourage the use of something cobbled together.
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Old 08-03-2017, 12:43 PM
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There is at least one fatality related to using rudder pedal extensions that I know of - Vicky Cruise, the world class aerobatic pilot.

I haven't seen the extensions from Vans, but would definitely discourage the use of something cobbled together.
Thank you, my point exactly. I would love to find someone that has used a set.
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