My Wooden Airplane
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7/18/2014 - 7/27/2014

Control Tunnel / Center Console

Since the rudder cables run down the center of the cockpit,
I needed to cover them with something to prevent anything from touching them.
I decided to use a plywood "tunnel", similar to the one I used in the baggage compartment,
except that I used 1/8-inch plywood instead of 1/4-inch.

I also decided to take the opportunity to add a center console "drink holder" on top of the control tunnel. (One of my wife's requirements for building our own plane was that it had to have drink holders!) I actually had bigger plans for the center console, including a map case, but it turns out anything bigger than this would have interfered with the seat belts (to be installed on the floor behind the aft seat brackets) as well as the ability for the seats to tilt forward. It shouldn't be a problem, though. There's room for a map pocket between the outside edge of the seats and the fuselage sides.

What might be a problem, though, is that the seats are slightly too close together. I was planning on having enough room to hold those 20-ounce re-sealable plastic soda bottles, but there's only enough room to hold the regular 12-ounce cans of soda (as well as water bottles, fortunately)! I may still have to add some more drink holders elsewhere in the cockpit.

Total Time: 20.0 hrs.