Originally Posted by EXTAAFLY
This is really going to finish off our airplanes nicely.
With regards to the air vent trim. Is that an additional piece that will cover the mounting bracket? How do you plan to have us mount it? Looks like you would just replace the existing hardware. I have been holding up the installation of my vents to see how you would treat this area.
Also, planning to install a JDAir canopy latch. Will the side panels accommodate this, or will we have to work through that at the time of order?
Thanks Luke, the work will pay off I am sure.
Yes, the vent trim is an additional piece that covers the stacked up components (vent bracket, vent, and inlet plenum). It is held in place by some black countersink screws that are somewhat obscured by the black trim piece you see. We usually like to hide all fasteners, but in this case, I thought this was the best trade off.
To answer your question about the JDAir latch, the latch you see in the pictures is not like the stock latch from Vans. You may notice that the latch pushrod is nearly hidden from view. In person you'll also notice that it is move up and away from the armrest area giving more room for the pilot's elbow.
For the JDAir latch to work with this system, several things would need to be changed. First the JDAir latch would need to be changed in a few ways. The pivot point geometry would need to match ours. The forward "knob" would probably need to be made smaller to clear the spar bulkhead cover. There may be other changes needed. Second, a different (taller) version of our machined trim piece would need to be made. Third, several other pieces of the side panels would need to be re-designed and re-made. I'm not exactly sure how many changes would be needed without really digging into it more.
Right now we still have a lot to do to get these side panels to a "production" level for lack of a better word. We have all the design work done, and prototype parts made. We still need to work out all of the manufacturing documentation, and processes to have finished parts ready in time to deliver for the first customer orders. Most customers would probably be surprised to realize that there are over 120 individual sheet metal parts to make up just the "cabin area" side panels you see in these pictures. We also have a pretty good sized list of customers patiently
waiting to order these. Our main focus right now will be to get as many of those customers taken care of.
For a variety of reasons, it would be my preference to not modify these panels and the JDAir latch to work together. We may do that at some point in the future though if there is enough demand and if Darwin at JDAir is up for it. It would take a fair amount of time though.
On the other hand, we are planning to offer a more basic side panel option for the RV-14 similar to the "Sierra" side panels we offer for the RV-7 and RV-9 models. This other side panel option would be easily modified to work with the JDAir latch. We have lots of experience over the last 16 years making these modifications.