Sunday, May 24, 2015

2015 Interior

My interior is pretty nice.  I got it done right after I bought the plane and over the last 5-6 years it has worn pretty well.  However it was time to replace the glare shield, or at least get it recovered since it had a tear in it.  Also I wanted to wrap the yoke in leather.  Simple, easy and quick upgrades... so I went up to see Tim Hallock at AviationDesign at Pine Mountain lake airport.  He showed me what he could do with custom carbon fiber molds, and showed me his newly designed side panels and headliner.  Wow.  What a difference... so in the mother of all "while we're there" moments, I said screw it and wrote the big check.  Here is the progress, it's going to be awesome.

The recessed armrest and flush mounted carbon sidewalls add 2 inches of interior space on either side of the fuselage.  This should make it feel more spacious, more solid and it's lighter by about 10 pounds.

Loving the leather wrapped yoke in two tone gray and black which matches my paint scheme.

The passenger seats get recessed armrests too.

Here are the molds getting wrapped in gray leather.

New carbon fiber headliner gives another inch of headroom and removes the brittle plastic light panel and replaces it with a touch activated LED overhead light system.  Also I'm getting new carpet with LED runner lights that activate when the door opens, just like a modern car.

Just hoping this all gets done soon.  My plan was to have it in the shop while I was doing my CFI work in the 182RG, but now that's over I just can't wait to get her back.  I also got new storm window seals from GeeBee the interior is going to be awesome.

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