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lawheelock
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I know the flap handle extension has been around for a few years now. I never needed it as my long arms always served me well in my Stinson.
However, now that I am getting older, shorter, and not as strong in the arms as I once was, I decided that it was time to purchase one of these devices. I went to the website: http://ezflaphandle.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=2
and found an email address to try to order directly from the company: info@ezflaphandle.com. I sent an email but am not getting an answer. My email provider keeps telling me that the message is undeliverable but that they will keep trying.

Do any of you have one of these flap handle extensions, and if so how long have you had it and do you like it? Has anyone of you tried to purchase one recently. I know that Spruce carries them, or did, but one has to have direct contact with the STC owner to get a signed authorization to install it.

The installation instructions downloaded from the website lists Mr. William M. Berle as the STC holder. Anyone heard from him recently?

Thank you.

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 04/05/2019 4:14 am
Alistair
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Larry

Being blessed with the stature of a well formed mesomorph, I have short arms and hated to dive onto the cockpit floor after takeoff for the flap handle, so I bought an E-Z flap extension. It is well made and does the job, would not be without it. Cannot remember where I bought it from, but it came with the STC paperwork.

Al

Al Corden
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Posted : 05/05/2019 9:43 pm
Robert Picard
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Larry,
I have a field approved curved flap handle that was made by Tim Boughner of Tim's aircraft in Port Orchard, Washington. He uses a stock handle and replaces the tube with a nice curved one. He has made others and had them approved as well. He has also made them for Maules and uses the original parts in that since the smaller and lighter tubing can be curved without kinking. I have seen the ez-flap in a Stinson and although it works well I prefer the feel of the full size handle with the grip, the cabin seems less cluttered and it doesn't look like an afterthought. If I can remember, I'll try to take a picture and post it here. If you want to contact him you can e-mail him at... tim(at)timsaircraft(dot)com.

Bob PicardN6346M Stinson 108-3 Floats/Skis/Wheels
N48923 Taylorcraft L-2B skis/WheelsAnchor Point, Alaska

 
Posted : 06/05/2019 6:48 pm
lawheelock
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Bob,

Thank you. I will try to check it out. That might be the preferred way to go especially since the owner of E Z handle's STC does not get or acknowledge his emails.

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 06/05/2019 9:56 pm
gened
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I brought it up and I see it's available thru Aircraft Spruce and Specialty. #499.00 seems a lot to pay for a handle and STC

 
Posted : 06/05/2019 11:27 pm
Russ Elliott
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I have an EZ Flap. It is particularly useful when doing off-airport operations. When on short final to a gravel bar or short and narrow off-airport strip, I don't have to lean over to grab the flap handle.

Russ N6063M

 
Posted : 08/05/2019 6:10 pm
Robert Picard
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Larry,
Here are the pictures of my modified flap handle.

Bob PicardN6346M Stinson 108-3 Floats/Skis/Wheels
N48923 Taylorcraft L-2B skis/WheelsAnchor Point, Alaska

 
Posted : 08/05/2019 7:08 pm
lawheelock
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Bob,
Thanks for the photos. That looks like the way to go. I have not tried to contact Tim yet, but I certainly will.
Re: your discussion on the Yahoo group relative to starter for an O-540 installation.
Of course, I made an installation of a Lyc O-360 in my Stinson and I think the nose area of the O-540 and the O-360 are similar with the exception of the front mounted gov control for a CS prop.
In doing my installation, I had to bump the nose cowl out a bit in order to accommodate a conventional 60 amp Prestolite alternator., However, in doing so, at the time I had access to 3 different nose cowls including my original. I measured the depth of the bowl and found all to have significant differences even though they would all fit the front of any Franklin powered 108. Just thought I would make this comment as perhaps some alternators will fit without bumping out the nose bowl depending on individual nose bowls. I will attache a photo of what I had to do. Note, that the nose bowl is very soft aluminum and lends itself easily to a sand bag and mallet to bump out to allow room for the pulley. Doing so did not even crack the paint!

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 09/05/2019 3:11 pm
Alonso Graterol
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Larry,

In case you have not bought it yet, regarding the EZ Flap, William Berle (STC holder) can be reached through victorbravo at sbcglobal dot net. I wanted to buy a unit directly from him but since he only accepts personal checks, wire transfers or money orders, I bought it from Aircraft Spruce (I am located in Chile).

There are some pieces in the kit that AS would supply that needs to be replaced (even if you buy the correct model as I did) by Mr Berle and also he would send you for free the proper jig to work on the handle button. I asked AS to send it over to him for the parts exchange before shipping to me but unfortunately, they didn´t comply.

Mr Berle offered to ship those parts and the jig all the way to Chile at no cost. They should arrive soon.

Best regards,

Alonso

 
Posted : 19/06/2019 6:17 pm
Alonso Graterol
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Just a follow up on my previous post, today arrived the exchange parts from William Berle.

Alonso

 
Posted : 28/06/2019 6:15 pm
Marty winslow
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@bob-picard

can i get that pic of the handle.  what was the cost?

 
Posted : 13/11/2019 8:41 pm
Will Ware (Webmaster ISC)
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This is interesting, provided by member Steve Ruff...

Here is a picture of the bent flap handle mod that we are making to Stinson’s. As you can see from the pictures there are some mods made to the handle, and it really works great. This mod is done by my A&P/IA Tim Boughner (253 857 3642) who is a Stinson & Maule guru. I would like Stinson people aware of this mod as it really improves the operation of the flaps while keeping your vision “outside”.  

 
Posted : 14/11/2019 3:16 am
Robert Picard
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Yep those are the pictures of the flap installation in my Stinson. Love it. The original pictures in my previous post did not transfer over from the old forum. Thanks for re-posting.

Bob

Bob PicardN6346M Stinson 108-3 Floats/Skis/Wheels
N48923 Taylorcraft L-2B skis/WheelsAnchor Point, Alaska

 
Posted : 14/11/2019 8:09 pm
Robert Picard
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@bob-picard

can i get that pic of the handle.  what was the cost?

As for  the cost of these handles, you'll have to ask Tim. Since the handles have a new tube manufactured, an original handle needs to be supplied as the rest of the handle needs to be re-used. I would think that a "group buy" could help reduce the cost of tooling and set-up. Tim has gotten several field approvals for these handles for his regular customers, but the limited market makes the acquisition of STC and PMA cost prohibitive. Individuals would have to get their own field approvals or perhaps they may be able to  install them as a "minor modification" in accordance with the current FAA interpretation of that rule.

 

Bob

Bob PicardN6346M Stinson 108-3 Floats/Skis/Wheels
N48923 Taylorcraft L-2B skis/WheelsAnchor Point, Alaska

 
Posted : 14/11/2019 8:43 pm
Steve Ruff Ruff
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@bob-picard

Hi Bob

Yes, that was a picture of your modified Stinson flap handle. I sent Will a number of documents and photos of my Stinson and the upgrades that I have done, one of which is the flap handle mod. He does now have a "jig" available to him to make these handles as well as a number of 337 approvals for this mod. I was at Tim's yesterday and saw your Taylor Craft wings.           Cheers Steve Ruff 

 

 
Posted : 17/11/2019 7:49 pm
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