Robert D. Thoma, Sr.
I did the installation with an IA standing over my shoulder coaching and checking.
Here's a brief history, which will show why I like your product so much: The flap indicator has been a sore spot with me for a while. I had the early 1965 version (the transmitter and gauge appeared to have been changed in July of '65 according to the service manual drawings). I had recently taken the plane in for an engine overhaul, and decided to have the airframe annualed while it was there. The mechanic said my flap system needed attention. The flap motor and switch was replaced. The flap indicator started acting up after the other stuff was fixed. One of the mechanics must have been looking at the schematic for the newer version wiring, and promptly toasted the transmitter trying to "correct" the wiring. I sent out the transmitter to be overhauled (another $285), and it came back with a coat of spray paint over the entire unit including the first 2" of wire closest to the unit! (by the way, same wire, same sta-kons that were on it when I shipped it out) The rhesostat was still smelled burned. It promptly burned up with the "corrected" wiring previously mentioned. An exhaustive search yielded no results attempting to find exact replacement parts, until you came along.
When we installed your unit, it was a much better experience. The instructions and schematics were very clear and simple to follow. The wire numbers matched, and no modifications were required as everything was a perfect fit. The engineering on your product is impressive. The indicator is also very easy to read at a glance. I no longer have to look over my shoulder and out the window to double-check my flap position.
Robert D. Thoma, Sr.
Pro-Tech Engineering, Inc.
I ordered your new flap indicator and had it installed in my 1970 172K several weeks ago. This thing is great. Now when I land I am sure that I have the correct amount of flaps in place for the landing. No more guessing. I am a student pilot who will be going for my private pilot exam in the next month. I am sure that because of your unit my landings will be on the money. Thanks.
Ronald A. Gamble
MR. GRAHAM L. GOAD
3120 NORTH HWY 99 W
McMINNVILLE, OR 97128
THANKS FOR THE HELP VIA CELL PHONE IN ANSWERING SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ON THE INSTALLATION OF THE NEW VISUAL INSTRUMENTS FLAP POSITION INDICATOR. IT TOOK SEVERAL HOURS TO INSTALL AND IT WORKED JUST LIKE THE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS SAID IT WOULD. WHAT A SIMPLE SYSTEM! ANYONE USING THE OLD CESSNA SYSTEM NEEDS TO SWITCH TO THIS INDICATOR FOR EASY READING AND SAFE OPERATION OF THEIR AIRCRAFT. IT'S THE BEST INVENTION SINCE PEANUT BUTTER WAS CREATED! GRAHAM, IF YOU WANT TO USE THIS NOTE AS A TESTIMONIAL OF HOW NEAT THIS NEW INDICATOR SYSTEM IS, YOU HAVE MY COMPLETE PERMISSION TO DO SO. THANKS AGAIN FOR SUCH A GOOD PRODUCT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL OF THE OLDER CESSNAS SWITCH TO THIS INDICATOR AND ALSO THE NEW LORD SHIMMY DAMPENER THAT HAS JUST RECENTLY BEEN INTRODUCED BY THE LORD CORPORATION.
RONALD A. GAMBLE
I've had my '63 Skylane back for a week now after having your flap indicator installed. What a difference! No more "one-one thousand , two-one thousand" guessing . By the way, the mechanics were curious about this new flap indicator and told me they put an inclinometer on the flaps to check the accuracy. "Right on the money" they said.
And speaking of money, I'm thrilled with the price!
To: Graham Goad
Subject: Flap Indicator
Just put your flap indicator and voltmeter in my 1971 Cessna 172. What a delight to be flying in the 21st century with your great equipment. Thanks again, I am now the envy of everyone at the airport.
Florida, NY 10921
Feel free to use me as a reference, and/or this e-mail.
I ordered the STC Flap Indicator and Transmitter kit for one of my Cessna P206's. The delivery was on time.
The installation was simple, because the instructions were clear.
The parts matched up perfectly with the OEM.
The calibration was effortless.
When I had a question, my phone call was taken and my question answered promptly.
I am very happy with the promises made by VI, because your promises were kept;
Which unfortunately is quite rare in this world full of quick and easy promotions.
VI has my future business secured.
Michael Hawkes, Pres.,
SkyDive Las Vegas Inc.
Graham, I've got the digital flap indicator installed. Its fantastic!
My A&P was very impressed both with the ease of installation and the function. It is extremely easy to read and very accurate. I love the 5 degree increments. What a huge improvement over that clunky, impossible to see at night, and inaccurate analog indicator that I've had to struggle with for years.
You have a terrific product. Congrats!
Robert Conklin, Redstone Arsenal US Army Flying Club
Subject: Voltmeter and flap position indicator installation in N35553, Redstone Arsenal US Army Flying Club
I must compliment you in your very prompt and courteous response in sending the warrantee replacement flap position indicator. We are especially thankful of the generous donation of your new volt meter for us to evaluate. The aircraft in which both the flap position indicator system and the volt meter are installed is a 1968 C-172I with an Avion Research instrument panel (http://www.avion.com). This particular aircraft is the oldest model in our fleet, but it is hands down the most popular with the club members, flying and average of 69 hour per month. A definite part of the aircraft's popularity is due to the wonderful flap position indicator, a very well engineered gadget that was easy to install and rig. And a much needed replacement for those aging, finicky and expensive to repair old analog gauges.
I again thank you for the volt meter, it was very easy to install as was the flap position indicator. It is a nice addition to the instrumentation of this aircraft which does a lot of IMC flying. We would like to suggest however that it would be very nice if there were some way to be able to flush mount the instrument, IE a standard 2 1/4 " round hole.
The Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity is a U.S. Army flying club based on the Redstone Arsenal Army airfield, HUA. We are currently operating a fleet of 13 aircraft with an active membership numbering approximately 340 members. All of our maintenance is performed in house, including the Avion Research instrument panel installation in N35553, and the Visual Instruments Inc. instrument installations. Please browse our web site www.flyingactivity.com
Good Morning Graham
Just a short note to let you know how pleased I have been with your flap indicator that I installed last year in my Cessna 172K. The original indicator was adequate at BEST but your system has it hands down. I have recommended it to my customers and hope they have been calling you. Must admit your transmitter is built to missile standards. I was amazed at that.
(Aerotech Publications, Inc.)
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