Ken Wickland’s Cockpit Modifications

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Ken Wickland with his toolchest and GlaStar
Ken Wickland with his tool chest and GlaStar

Ken Wickland is a craftsman. All you have to do is to look at his tool chest to know that his workmanship will be outstanding. And it is!

Here’s an aluminum bulkhead that Ken made. He used a speaker for a template and drilled holes in the center of the bulkhead to serve as an air vent. The air now exits through the tail.

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Glastar bulkhead cover
Bulkhead cover

Ken also installed AirLink Technologies flap track covers.

Airlink flap track covers
Airlink flap track covers

Map pockets! Ken added 3 pockets to the AirLink frame covers on the co-pilot side to form his map library with more than enough capacity to fly around Australia. The pockets were fabricated from .016 sheet covered with fiberglass. The pocket on the back of the co-pilot seat is divided to take his Australian aerodrome charts in one and a portable “E6B” in the other. Both are easily accessible in flight.

GlaStar map pockets
Map pockets

The seat pan is made with high density fire retardant foam below the seating positions. The dividers for the bins are of reinforced honeycomb riveted in place with small angle brackets. The bins are well behind the seating position. Ken is intending the right hand bin to hold food and drink accessible in flight from the pilot side and the pilot side bin will hold cleaning and tie down gear, etc.

GlaStar seatpans with high-density foam
GlaStar seatpans with high-density foam
Bins built into the seatpans
Bins built into the seatpans
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