Visual Instruments Flap Position Indicator

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June 2005-

The Problem

Cessna single-engine aircraft flap systems changed from a manual to an electrical design in the 1960s. Bill, a 1966 Cessna 182J, and his pilot endured life with the curse of this design until installing the Visual Instruments Flap Position Indicator STC.

The original Cessna system is a look-at-it-until-you-get-it-right-type workload. You hold the switch down until the flap indicator shows the flap angle that you hope is close to your desired setting. The first problem is that the flap indicator accuracy is plus or minus 10 degrees. Second, the indicator is in the lower right panel and the pointer is hard to see.

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