RV 7/ 7a and 9/9a Center Consoles

RV6 is coming VERY SOON.

 

Van’s Aircraft is not responsible for the following article in any way.

If you have questions on my console, please direct them to me first. Thanks a lot. :}

 

 

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Bryan Fillman

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(616)786-3615

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(616)862-3545

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Facts About the Center Console

 

  • Mounts easily in a finished or unfinished RV6(a), RV7(a), RV9(a).
  • Replaces your existing tunnel cover.
  • Several options available to meet your needs and personal taste.
  • Can be removed with only a few screws so you can still lie across your seats to get under your panel.
  • Includes an inspection cover on the side to access your throttle Quadrant and fuel valve (if included).
  • Switches can be easily added to the console for easy access during flight.
  • 200 cubic inches of storage space under the arm rest.
  • Storage dimensions are approximately 10” x 10” x 2”.
  • Console can still be used even if you are still using the panel mounted “plunger” style engine control cables.
  • Several console options are currently available:

         Just the console/armrest with no cutout for the Throttle Quadrant.

         The console with a 2 or 3 lever Quadrant.

         The fuel valve can be either Van’s standard valve with a handle extension, or the Andair type.

  • If you choose to use the fuel valve option, you can either use your original valve supplied by Van’s in the kit with an extension kit, or choose to upgrade to the Andair locking selector valve.
  • Depending on the Model of console that you choose, it is possible to leave the fuel selector in its original location. (see Model C3VA)
  • This console adds a very nice finishing touch to your pride and joy.. It is nice to look at and makes the cabin more comfortable in my opinion.

 

RV6(a) Considerations

 

  • RV6’s will not be able to use the console if they are using the manual flap lever. You would have to upgrade to electric flaps.

 

Future Products

 

  • I will be coming out with a simple armrest soon that could be used in conjunction with the manual flap lever.

 

Upholstery

 

The upholstery is done by Flight Line Interiors. There are several choices of fabric or high quality vinyl that can be used. I can get samples to you, or I can put you in touch with Abby at Flight Line. You can also go to my Upholstery samples link (CLICK HERE) to see some of what is available. The photo on the web site shows the console in my RV7A. It is not complete in this picture because the hinged compartment cover of the console is not yet upholstered. This will actually look just like the side armrests when finished, and will open to gain access to your storage compartment. I had also not mounted the throttle friction lock, nor had I mounted the cables. The fabric on the forward side had not been completely attached yet either. Just in case you noticed those things in the photo, I thought I'd bring them up.

 

The dimensions are as follows: 3" wide x 11" high at the arm rest x 8" above the spar at the throttle Quad. (not including the throttle lever itself) X 31" long (which is the distance from the flap motor housing to the forward lip at the bottom of the panel. This will fit right in with no modification to your fuselage. One thing to note is that the forward top of the console (above the fuel valve) is 1 1/2" below the bottom of a standard vans panel. My panel in the photos is a custom panel to allow for my desired instrument layout. The 1 1/2 inch’s will allow for a spacer that will be able to house the traditional plunger style engine/prop controls or additional switches. I will provide these spacers with the consoles on request.

 

FAQ’s

 

Recently some questions have come up regarding stick throw (left to right movement of the control stick), and weather or not the console would interfere. I recently visited a fellow builder who has his wings and all control rods attached on his RV7A. We did some measuring to see what the stick throw actually is and found the following results. The stick, when measured at a height level with the left and right armrests, will deflect right, 15.5” to 15.75” from the left side of the cockpit wall to the center of the stick, without any legs in the way. With no console involved, if you try to move the stick the full 15 plus inches to the right, you will find that your leg will be pushed to the right as well. Keep in mind that my findings from this point on will be relative depending on the size of your legs as compared to mine. Just for reference, my leg size is about 23” around at the point where the stick will make contact when moving the stick directly to the right. In the pictures below. The picture labeled “deflection 1” shows how far the stick will move when just leaning up against my leg. The picture labeled “deflection 2” shows that the 15.75” can be achieved with a little pressure applied, with the console involved in the equation. I have asked the opinion of some other builders on this issue and they feel that this much left to right deflection will rarely be used. But if it is needed, as you can see by the pictures, it is available.

One person has said to me that they think that they would feel too confined with this console here.

We have an Olds Alero car with a floor shifter. I feel like I am sitting in that when I am in here. My hands and arms are right where they need to be and I also feel more secure, in control & one with the plane with the console beside me. Kind of like a little fighter. My opinion, take it for what it’s worth. Also Notice in the pictures below, that your leg will fit comfortably under the inclined portion of the console.

Another question that has been raised is, can the stick become caught-up by the console? Mine does not, and I have even cut off some of my stick, and it still can not get under the forward lip of the console. You will of course want to check this on your own plane before your first take off with the new console.

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Please note that in the photos below, the console access cover is not upholstered. In your finished console, it will be upholstered just like you see on the side armrests. It also opens to gain access to the storage compartment in the console.

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Click on the photos to enlarge.

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Deflection 1

Deflection 2

 

 

 

 

Switch / Trim Mounting Options

 

Below are some drawings of the console options available.

 

Model RV79C2VA

RV7 or RV9 Console

 

 

Model RV6C2VA

RV6 Console

 

Model RV79C3VA

RV7 or RV9 Console

This version will allow the fuel selector to remain in its original location

 

 

Model RV6C3VA

RV6 Console

This version will allow the fuel selector to remain in its original location

 

 

Ordering Information

 

To order, first select the model from the list below. Second, contact me via Email or Phone to ask any questions and/or place your order.

I can be reached at my home #: (616)786-3615 or my cell #: (616)862-3545. You may also Click to Email Me at bkfillman@chartermi.net

Please note that if you order the fuel valve option, you will not have to move your fuel lines up into the console.  The valve stays in its original location.  The extension simply moves the selection lever up to console height.

 

Part Number

Description

Price

RV6C2VA_TQ0-FS0-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ0-FS0-FU_

Fully upholstered console (not including the Throttle or fuel selector. There will also be no cut outs made for the quadrant or fuel selector for this option)

$412.00

RV6C2VA_TQ2-FS0-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ2-FS0-FU_

Fully upholstered console with a 2 lever Quadrant. (not including the fuel selector)

$537.00

RV6C2VA_TQ3-FS0-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ3-FS0-FU_

Fully upholstered console with a 3 lever Quadrant. (not including the fuel selector)

$572.00

RV6C2VA_TQ2-FSV-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ2-FSV-FU_

Fully upholstered console with a 2 lever Quadrant and an extension kit for the original fuel valve that comes in the kit from Van’s. Plus an engraved fuel selector name plate similar to the Andair name plate.

$577.00

RV6C2VA_TQ3-FSV-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ3-FSV-FU_

Fully upholstered console with a 3 lever Quadrant and an extension kit for the original fuel valve that comes in the kit from Van’s. Plus an engraved fuel selector name plate similar to the Andair name plate.

$617.00

RV6C2VA_TQ2-FSA-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ2-FSA-FU_

Fully upholstered console with a 2 lever Quadrant and an Andair Locking fuel selector valve kit including the extension mechanism from Andair.

$887.00

RV6C2VA_TQ3-FSA-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ3-FSA-FU_

Fully upholstered console with a 3 lever Quadrant and an Andair Locking fuel selector valve kit including the extension mechanism from Andair.

$927.00

RV6C2VA_TQ0-FSA-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ0-FSA-FU_

Fully upholstered console with an Andair Locking fuel selector valve kit including the extension mechanism from Andair. (Does not include a Throttle quadrant or quadrant cut-out in the console)

$762.00

RV6C2VA_TQ0-FSV-FU_ OR

RV79C2VA_TQ0-FSV-FU_

Fully upholstered console with an extension kit for the original fuel valve that comes in the kit from Van’s. Plus an engraved fuel selector name plate similar to the Andair name plate. (Does not include a Throttle quadrant or quadrant cut-out in the console)

$452.00

Note: The Andair valve with the extension is just over $350 for both pieces. Yes, they are expensive, but try accidentally shutting off your fuel in flight. It’s worth the extra $350 to me!!!

 

* I do accept Visa & Master Card via my Paypal account. I prefer a personal check, cashiers check, or a money order if at all possible.

* Please remember that there will be a lead time of 3 to 6 weeks at this time.

 

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