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Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

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Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Dexws » Sun Dec 04, 2016 4:16 am

Hi everybody
some months ago i bought a disassembled Akro to restore it. it was a standard Akro with 23012 wing section (1st flight 1972) with some mods introduced in the 1980s, like high turtledeck and a bit of increase in wing section near the centerline (picture attached).
i plan to make some modifications in the Laser direction, such as further increase the height of the main spar and maybe to weld another cross member tube in the fuselage below the main wing spar, but i will follow on on another thread on these topics.
now i am concentrating on the cockpit, on the main controls arrangements and on the intrument placement; example:
- straight control stick (Akro) vs. curved control stick (Laser), where are the benefit?
- throttle type and placement
- brake pedals
- battery position (i know it is not necessarly cockpit related but it could be)
- radio and transponder installation
- ...
if you have suggestions/pictures of your airplane would be appreciated

ciao

Alberto
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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Guicensoni » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:21 pm

Mine is this!
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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Dexws » Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:59 pm

Many thanks
i think the black lever with the PTT is the throttle: is it homemade?
and the one with the red knob? the mixture
ciao

Alberto

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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Guicensoni » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:21 pm

It's home made, the push butom is for smoke, and the red lever is the trimmer!

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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Holtzy822 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:21 pm

Where did you mount your smoke tank?

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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Guicensoni » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:46 am

Behind the sit!

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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by davevon » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:26 am

Here's some shots of my cockpit, A left and right from when I first got it back together and another after I moved the battery back behind the seat and went to the clear heel trays.

I had completely redone the electrical system and changed out a few things on the panel. I also adjusted the control stick so it was in a completely natural neutral position for me with good range of motion. I also revised the throttle, trim and mixture controls to eliminate any interference. So far the setup has been working great for me :-)

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Re: Cockpit (Ergonomy / Instruments)

Post by Dexws » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:11 pm

Thanks Dave
The cowlings/canopy/instrument panel I have are smaller, basically inside the fuselage longerons and I think I will keep them as they are now otherwise there are too many things to change
Ciao
Alberto

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