RV-10 Sun Visors from Aviation Tech Products
After a lot of fussing about which way to go with visors, I have
finally settled on something that I'm very happy with. Originally
I had been working with Rosen to try to get a working prototype for the
RV-10. They dragged their feet forever, being busy with other
projects. I had always intended to pick it back up when they had
time, but they never had time. So I was left with one prototype
visor. Humph. Then others tried working with Rosen and
actually made headway. One of those people is Alex
from RVtraining.com and Aviation Tech Products.
After hearing a glowing review from another RV-10 builder who installed
them, I decided to get the "Blue Sky" visors from Alex and evaluate
them. Again I was hemming and hawing, not knowing what to do.
Rosen makes some nice visors, but at a pretty hefty price.
And, they're large, and not the easiest to swing out of the way.
Alex has both types installed in his plane, and he put the Blue
Sky on the Left because there much more manageable in flight.
They're also quite a bit lighter, probably weighing less than 1/2
the weight of the Rosen's, despite having the same thickness of lexan.
This is good because during higher G maneuvering there isn't much
mass to cause them to swing. Alex sells both types, so I
told him that before I drilled holes, I really wanted to think about
what I was doing and get whatever was the best...for good reasons.
He assured me that the Blue Sky visors would be
very nice, and very suitable, especially at their much lower $195 per
pair price. I left my committment open until I could see them in
person. Regarding parts and wear, Alex will have parts on hand if
needed, so that shouldn't be a large concern. One thing I
actually find as another postive with these is that the visors on our
planes (both types) end up being in a spot that you could bump or
crunch while climbing in the plane if you're clumsy. Considering
they're mounted on a fiberglass door post, I think I'd rather crunch
the brackets off from these visors than crack the fiberglass because an
anodized aluminum bracket didn't give way.
So before OSH, I took the time to drill the 2 mounting holes required
to mount the set. It was very quick, and very easy, taking about
30 minutes. Now that I'm done, I won't have to hold charts up in
front of my face anymore!
For mounting, I mounted mine so that the visor block is about
14.25-14.50" from the center of the center post. That seems to
give a good position that allows everything to swing well.
Here are some photos to show them in action. Use the above link to contact Alex if you're interested in a pair.