Checking out the view from “The Perch” for the first time … have to say, the seat in the eagle seems plenty comfy.
The main reason for getting into the cockpit was to get a feel for the position of the Tosten grips purchased at
After purchasing the grips at Oshkosh from Kevin (the owner of Tosten), it was quickly realized that the length of wiring coming out of the grips was not what I would consider long enough for the RV-12. A call to Kevin was made requesting that the wires be made longer. Kevin said he was planning on making the wires longer in future production runs because there are now quite a few gooseneck stick designs these days. In addition, I requested Kevin split the bundle of wires after they leave the stick into two separate bundles of five wires … as opposed to all ten wires in one large bundle. One bundle is for the four way hat switch and the other bundle is for the stick’s other four switches. Each grouping of switches has a common ground wire which is why there are a total of ten wires. The grips were sent back to Tostin in
The modified Tosten CS-8 grip with longer wires and two separate wire bundles.
Looking at the above photo, the viewer can easily see the challenge and possibly dilemma of trying to get all those wires fished down through the gooseneck, then make the radical 90 degree and then past either side of the tube weldment dissecting the center of the tubing (which is the pivot point for the control stick). The wires will need to take two paths on either side of the weldment because there just is not enough room otherwise … and still may not be. I think I have figured out a way to get this done without drilling an exit hole, but will work on it over the next couple of weeks.