ACES-II Ejection Control Safety Lever
If you're flying the latest version of Falcon, -- eFalcon 1.10 -- you'l find that a lot of switches,
handles and lights became activated. Therefore your sim. needs to get updated.....The seat-ejection
has to be enabled in eFalcon, before you can bail out. To do this, in the start and pre-takeoff
procedures, you have to activate the ejection-control-leaver at the left side of you auxiliary
panel. This handle is part of the ACES II and has to be locked in the down position to enable
ejection. Forgetting to do this, might result in a very "hard experience" ().
The original mechanism is kind of sofisticated, as through wires and leavers the safety-device is
unlocked and the rockets of the ACES II are armed for ignition. If you want to duplicate this, it
would mean a lot of work, mechanics, electronics and nerves, as this system could show failures of
all kinds in your sim. That's the reason why I modified a little the position of the
ejection-control and placed it beside the ACES. This way you can remove the ACES (which is quite
heavy) from your pit, without hanging on cables or controls. The only cable you have to disconnect
is the one that activates the ejection-handle.This allows an easier maintenance (if required at all
!) It's not the the original position, but still looks neat. .... The mechanism is also just
Ejection Control Safety Lever
Ej.- Ctrl Locked
Ej.- Ctrl Armed
Ej.- Ctrl location
Just build the model of the ejection-control using pine-wood. After sanding, some gray paint, some
screws (it makes the metallic- look appear mor real, and besides gives some weight, which you need!!)
install the push-button at the base. I used a simple push-button, which is activated by the
weight on the control in the down position. The internal spring of some of these push- switches are
stronger as you might think, therefore use some metal-screws in order to assure, that the weight of
the control is big enough to push the button down and keep it down. It takes some experimenting, but
there should be no complication to find the right weight.
At the pics. above you can see the ejection-control in the locked (safe) position and in the
unlocked (armed) position as well.
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