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#1 espinaker

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Posted 11 April 2018 - 11:49 AM

Hi! Im new in the forum, and planning to build an LEz, but there are some things that I would like to change, if the possibility exist,

 

I would like to have a cockpit with a central stick, like a conventional cockpit, and to have the possibility of fly with either a hand or the another.

 

...the answer...did somebody try to do this mod? 

 

I would appreciete your comments and experience about this. 

 

Thanks for your time!

 

Andrew.



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 07:15 AM

Why?
Flying by the sidestick is one of the coolest things that EZ's give us.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 03:50 PM

This has not been done in a Long-EZ.  If you wanted to do this, you would need to re-design a major portion of the fuselage OR the control system since the Long-EZ control system is torque tubes and push rods that are located along the side of the fuselage.  You basically sit on the floor of the Long-EZ, so there is no room to run the controls under the seats.

 

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#4 espinaker

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 11:15 AM

Thanks Andrew for the answer! and thanks for the drawing...It clarifies better the controls of the ez...I only would like the center stick in the front...so maybe something may be done, I dont know, maybe leave the original controls and add the center stick, like "remotely" control the controls haha, ...Thanks again! 



#5 Andrew Anunson

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:24 AM

Hmmm... not a bad idea!  Just skip the control system.  All you need is an aileron servo and an elevator servo.  Add a throttle servo and now you've got yourself a large RC aircraft that you can ride in.


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#6 espinaker

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:01 AM

I was looking the drawings you sent to me, and some photos of te EZ cockpit... and I think that is possible to put a removable center stick ( the stick, not the base of it) just sending a link to the side, to the original controls...But your idea is cooler than mine, the center stick would be to "fly by wire" and still you will have te original controls...just in case....I think that wuould be the easier way to do it. Anyway....I keep lookig for some solutions.. after alll, I think that that´s what this is about...haha.. some people do puzzles...and we.... thanks!!



#7 Kent Ashton

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:05 AM

Thanks Andrew for the answer! and thanks for the drawing...It clarifies better the controls of the ez...I only would like the center stick in the front...so maybe something may be done, I dont know, maybe leave the original controls and add the center stick, like "remotely" control the controls haha, ...Thanks again! 

 

You could put a stubby extra stick on the opposite side of the airplane like a Cozy and have two side-sticks but I'm not recommending that.  Better to install an autopilot.  The center-stick idea is one of those things that extends your build time, makes the airplane more complicated and heavier and will be a turn-off to future buyers . . . kind of like setting up your airplane for right-seat pilot.  :-)


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