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Old 04-12-2011, 06:11 PM
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Default Seat Belts

I've done a search on the subject but there seems little info on seat belts for the -10. There seem to be various options:

- VANS. Colours are limited. You can get grey for the front but only black for the 5-point rear. No inertia reel option.

- Hooker. Lots of colours and options. Would like to fit inertia reel on the front. Anyone know if the mount is compatible? The electric remote locking looks like a good idea. What style is most appropriate? Do people use the lap pads? I suspect they are only required for aeros. And by the way - acrobatics are what skinny little Chinese girls do. Burly pilots do aerobatics.........

- Crow. Racing harnesses. Are they certified for aircraft? Suspect no inertia reel option.

- Amsafe. Look good and have an inertia option. However, the fitting instructions seem to require a lot of hacking around of the canopy. Not too happy with that and not sure the UK LAA would be either without some sort of testing data to show crash worthiness.

Any thoughts/comments/help or other options would be appreciated.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:21 AM
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Default Crow Harnesses

I have the Crow harnesses and am very happy. True, there is no inertia reel for them that I am aware of, and no they are not certified for aircraft. However, they are widely used in racing and when I ordered I simply called them, talked to Fred Crow and said I needed belts for my RV-10. he knows the lengths of everything and gets them right out.

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Old 04-13-2011, 06:27 AM
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I and many others have removed the crotch belt in the back and are going with 4 point harness like the front has. No real reason for a 5 point. You should not be getting upside down in a 10. There are some threads on this they are just hard to find sometimes. I went with the Crow camlock harnesses. I have them in my RV8 and liked them enough that I wanted them in the 10. If you call Crow Talk to Fred Crow and all you will need to say is I need harnesses for a RV-10, the latch type,and the color. He knows the lengths already.
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Old 04-13-2011, 09:15 AM
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Default Hooker Intertial

I ordered the Hooker inertial belts. Be aware that there are no color options if you want inertial- it's only in black. Haven't installed yet, but it is supposed to be compatible.

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Old 04-13-2011, 01:05 PM
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I have the Crow ones and am not completely happy. See this thread: http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=68109.

I haven't done anything about it yet, as it's fine for me flying, but anyone shorter in the front seats is going to have a problem.

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Old 04-13-2011, 01:52 PM
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FWIW
I was looking at the inertia reel units and then sat in the back of a 10 with them. They were mounted in the standard location and it looked to be a real
head banger. I went with the standard type belts.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:24 PM
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Fred at Crow knows the right measurements for the RV-10, and his customer service is SUPERB. We just went a year with the seatbelts in the 10, and they were made a little differently than our first set. We were much happier with the first set, explained it to Fred with the new measurements, and told him why and that I would pay him for them. A week later I had the new seat belts and only paid for shipping! That's REAL customer support.

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Old 04-13-2011, 02:31 PM
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I have inertial reels in my Supercub and love them. I find them usefull for reaching the flap handle, the backup amph. wheel pump, seatbelts that fall on the floor ect. I don't have them in the RV-10 and other than dropping something on the floor I don't miss them. As Geoff mentioned the head banger and structural question is the reason for dropping them.
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:44 PM
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Fred at Crow knows the right measurements for the RV-10, and his customer service is SUPERB. We just went a year with the seatbelts in the 10, and they were made a little differently than our first set. We were much happier with the first set, explained it to Fred with the new measurements, and told him why and that I would pay him for them. A week later I had the new seat belts and only paid for shipping! That's REAL customer support.

Vic

Vic,

What were the new changes that you requested?

You are the second person that I've heard that didn't like Crow's pre-measured RV-10 belts. Rob mentioned his issue in a link above.

I need to order my belts in the next 30-60 days.

thanks,

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Old 04-13-2011, 08:17 PM
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Ok...not to sound at all stupid.....but what is wrong with the standard Van's harnesses? Is anyone using those and how do you like them?

I find this to be a funny question...considering I have probably modified just about every other aspect of this airplane to some degree or another, but I am considering using the standard harnesses, and am just wondering what the experiences with them have been?

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