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Here is a prototype passenger footrest that simply swivels up or down on a hinge. It can be left in the plane or removed at will. The weight is 2.2 lbs.

 

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Sweet!

 

Now how about one that you can switch from the right to left side in flight so I don't have to have two different ones when flying with a piloting co-pilot.

 

Mike

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I made a trip up to Dillon, Mt today and my pax LOVED the new foot rest. He's flown about 300 hrs with me and says its the best thing ever! Nice job and thank you Tom.

 

Mike 89WD

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Hi All,

 

Tom C. just told me he has two more foot rest he made and ready to sell. $180. I have one and my wife loves it and so has my other passengers.

Contact him in Tucson, AZ 520-465-9000

 

 

p.s.

I think these are the last two he is going to make.

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Just saw this... plane doesn't arrive until the Fall.  My #1 passenger will be my 26 year old son who has Special Needs... and one of my big worries is him pushing on the rudder pedals accidentally.  What an incredibly smart solution.  How can I buy one please?  Well done.  Thank you, Andrew

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Sully,

I sent several mails, no replies.  Here is a photo of one I saw in a CT that was in the Woodstock facility for repair.  It is extremely light and ingenious, however, it is not the bomb proof design that the metal one is.  I built one like the one in the photo (I don't have a pic of it sorry), haven't tested it out yet however. 

 

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1 hour ago, AGLyme said:

Sully,

I sent several mails, no replies.  Here is a photo of one I saw in a CT that was in the Woodstock facility for repair.  It is extremely light and ingenious, however, it is not the bomb proof design that the metal one is.  I built one like the one in the photo (I don't have a pic of it sorry), haven't tested it out yet however. 

 

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I don't like that this design continuously blocks the pedals, with no way to get it out of the way.  I guess you could hook the crossbar with your ankle and drag it toward you to get it away from the pedals.  The flip-down type is pretty easy to make with a bandsaw, a rivet gun, and some sheet aluminum and piano hinge.  I like it much better, and all my passengers have loved it.

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I've been looking for a solution for this too since my trip to Oshkosh this summer.  My buddy is 6'2" and his only complaint was a comfortable place to rest his feet.

I've got a machine shop with a metal shear and will see if I can whip one up this week. 

I can fabricate one from the pictures but if someone has drawings it would save me some time.  I'm assuming aluminum?

If there is enough interest I may do a short run for the forum members.

Glad this thread was resurrected, I wouldn't have found this otherwise!

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FM, I agree that the metal option is a superior design.  The PVC version is extremely light, it comes up easily and it can easily be stored in the CTLS hat rack shelf or rear storage.  My plan is to use it only when my oldest son flies with me.  It is more of a "guard" than a "rest", i.e. I don't want him to kick the rudder pedal(s) while landing/takeoff for example.  He has CP.  

OK,    The popular metal version is made out of steel, it weighs about 10 pounds if I recall.  It is beefy and the plate (folded in the photo) pops up covering the rudder pedals and is a legit "rest".  I saw one up close once, impressive design.  If anyone is building one, please add me to the list.  The attached photo is the one I saw in Woodstock I think... 

 

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FM, do you think the stiffness/strength is good enough?

I just got back from taking measurements and making a construction paper prototype.  I shortened the part under the heels so it stops at the hinge.  That way the storage compartment can be opened when the foot rest is up.  If anyone can think of a reason that's a bad idea I'm all ears.

Interestingly, in my plane(2008 CTLS), the flat portion of the pilot side foot well is smaller in width than the passenger side by about an inch.  It is my understanding that these planes are hand built but I was surprised it was that much.

I will make one for each side, in case I have a co-pilot for long trips.

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1 minute ago, okent said:

FM, do you think the stiffness/strength is good enough?

WAY stronger than it needs to be.  I doubt you could break it or bend it on the ground outside the airplane by sitting in a chair and pressing on one side of the rest as hard as you please.  

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Perfect!  I was hoping that was the case.  Do you think that long portion that sits under the heels is necessary?

Specifically, do you think it keeps the device from rocking upward or do you think the portion under the bars is enough?

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13 hours ago, okent said:

I've been looking for a solution for this too since my trip to Oshkosh this summer.  My buddy is 6'2" and his only complaint was a comfortable place to rest his feet.

I've got a machine shop with a metal shear and will see if I can whip one up this week. 

I can fabricate one from the pictures but if someone has drawings it would save me some time.  I'm assuming aluminum?

If there is enough interest I may do a short run for the forum members.

Glad this thread was resurrected, I wouldn't have found this otherwise!

If you figure the metal one out and can make extra, I'd like to buy one off of you. 

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15 hours ago, okent said:

I've been looking for a solution for this too since my trip to Oshkosh this summer.  My buddy is 6'2" and his only complaint was a comfortable place to rest his feet.

I've got a machine shop with a metal shear and will see if I can whip one up this week. 

I can fabricate one from the pictures but if someone has drawings it would save me some time.  I'm assuming aluminum?

If there is enough interest I may do a short run for the forum members.

Glad this thread was resurrected, I wouldn't have found this otherwise!

I want to buy one...or two (for a buddy with an SW, he can modify to fit)

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Count me in too please, I will take the 2 pound version ; )..., but I think it is made out of steel, at least the one that I saw.  Thanks.

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