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Old 01-08-2018, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Dugaru View Post

But he put the starter switch on the stick. This was a TRULY HORRIBLE idea, in my humble opinion.

Note that there may someday be a person (e.g., an instructor) in your cockpit, with the master on, who is capable of bumping that button by accident. Ask me how I know, and how close I was to the prop when it happened!
I had this happen on a customers aircraft when I was working an avionics problem and I inadvertantly engaged the starter from the stick, I was not happy camper !!!!
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Old 01-08-2018, 04:35 PM
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The only way I could talk myself into a start button on the stick was with an "ARM" switch somewhere else. Worked fine, but certainly made the airplane very "nonstandard".
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Old 01-08-2018, 08:35 PM
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Infinity stick start user here also, love it there, but I do have a switch that kills it if need be.
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Old 01-08-2018, 10:19 PM
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As a point of interest, having an Ident button on the controls is a requirement for a single-pilot type rating. See (Flying, June 2003, p. 65), middle column, middle paragraph.

Obviously we're not concerned with type ratings here, but somebody considered it important, anyway. I suppose it depends upon how much time you spend flying IFR.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:48 AM
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Anyone have the TO/GA button on the stick?

I'm considering this idea as I finalize the upgraded panel.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:00 PM
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I've got nearly the same setup as RAYMO.

* Coolie hat = roll/pitch trim
* Trigger = PTT
* Middle thumb button = A/P disconnect / cws
* Upper right thumb button = COM flip/flop
* Upper left thumb switch = Flaps
* Lower pinkie button = reserved for smoke

My Infinity stick switches are all backed up on my panel except for the future smoke switch.

In operation, I found that I was using the flip/flop switch on the radio instead of the stick, so I changed the stick switch to a COM flip/flop. I still don't use the COM flip/flop switch very often. I may repurpose that switch for something else. Perhaps I'll go with ident. I get asked for that fairly often.
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Old 09-10-2018, 02:50 PM
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I'm installing an Infinity grip to replace a failed Ray Allen grip.

My switch layout is:
Trigger = PTT
Upper right thumb = autopilot disengage
China Hat = elevator trim (future aileron trim)
Upper left thumb = flaps toggle
Lower left thumb = boost pump toggle
I would avoid putting the starter button on the stick. All it takes is one mistake to hurt someone...the risks outweigh the benefits. Safety > convenience.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:05 PM
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Default Flaps on the stick

For those of you who have flaps on the stick, seems like it would be easy to accidentally drop the flaps in cruise - did this ever happen to you?
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:30 PM
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Eight years of flying now with flap switch on stick. No accidental engagements and love it as is. It actually takes a fair amount of finger pressure to engage it and there is continuous reverse pressure to return it to the normal center (off) position. Not sure exactly how it would get hit and held accidentally but I suppose anything is possible. To each his own

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Old 09-10-2018, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by rv8ch View Post
For those of you who have flaps on the stick, seems like it would be easy to accidentally drop the flaps in cruise - did this ever happen to you?
Momentary flap switch on an infinity grip for 18 yrs, ~2000 hrs. I may have bumped the switch 3, 4 times with 1-2 degrees deployed. No ill effects noticed.

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