Location of headset jacks

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Location of headset jacks

Postby orenjr » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:06 pm

I would like to put my jacks in the center of the head rack. Would anyone have pictures and input to share?
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby Allan » Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:38 pm

I am putting mine just behind the pilot and passenger shoulders on each side. Too many cables in the front and in the centre they would get in the way of baggage compartment access.
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby FlyerChief » Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:41 am

Hi Allan,
The jacks behind the seats work really well at keeping the cords out of the way, just be careful not to pinch a cord when you are folding and unfolding the seats. :oops:
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby alan » Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:42 am

I put mine directly in front of each stick on the 45 deg surface. So far this has protected them from being kicked, even during Young Eagles flights. You can't see the plugs but if you know they are there plugging in is easy. Just start with the bigger plug and you're in business.

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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby Tralika » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:08 am

I'm curious about the headsets plugged in either behind the seats or in front of each stick. Do you use the hooks near the top of the windshield to hang the headsets when not in use? If so it would seem the cord running from behind the seat to that hook would be between the pilot/pax seat and the door and cause some entanglement when getting in and out of the plane. With plugs in front of the control sticks that would put the cords between the pilot/pax legs, again it would seem likely to cause some problems. How do you deal with the cords when getting in and out of the plane?
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby FlyerChief » Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:24 pm

Hi John,
The easiest way to do it is to bring the cords up between the seat backs. If you have a bit of cargo to load or unload, unplugging makes access easier. If you don't want to unplug be careful not to let the cord drop down behind the seats too far, that is how I managed to pinch a headset wire a the seat hinge. Otherwise, I find this arrangement quite handy for keeping the cords completely out of the way when flying... and to me that's what counts. One idea I have been toying with is to simply add a piece of fabric behind the seats that would hang down over the hinges to keep the wires out of the way. I have also been looking at ways to route the wires along the door frame using a couple of small adhesive-backed hooks when the headsets are hanging up, but for now it works well up the centre.
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby User GDS » Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:29 pm

I hang my headsets on the wing struts, keeps them out of the way when climbing in and out. In this picture you can see my Clarity Alofts hanging from the strut, with my other headsets, I turn them upside down and hang them in the same place.
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I use the hooks by the windshield to hang my keys and video remote controls.
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby alan » Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:23 pm

John,

Yes I do hang my headsets from the overhead hooks. When climbing in and out it is simple to hold the wire next to the stick for the few seconds my foot is traveling through that area. During all aircraft operations the wire is perfectly placed for access to the ANR box but is out of the way otherwise. One of the really nice things about building your own airplane is the ability to customize it and this board is a great place to find options. :-)

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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby orenjr » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:45 am

Thanks! everyone for the replies.
I seem to remember seeing a picture of the jacks in the center of the headrack between the seats.Can anyone help me with that location? Any pros or cons ?
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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby Tralika » Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:24 pm

I think the wires running up between the seats would be a very inconvenient. Every time the pilot looked to the right he would be staring at the wires. If you try to reach for something behind the seats you'll be tangled up with wires. My headset is ANC and has a battery box on the wire, that would end up dangling around between the seats as well. When I'm flying a plane that uses the front door to reach the back of the plane (like the Highlander) I prefer the lower left & right sides of the panel. The wire runs down between my left arm and my body then forward to the panel. The battery box can attach it to the left side of the fuselage next to the panel with some velcro. When I take my headset off, I set it up on the panel. It is out of the way and the wires cause minimal problems getting in and out of the plane. I've flow planes with the headset jacks behind the pilot's left shoulder but only on planes that did not use the pilots door to access the rear of the plane (Beavers and single Otters). Putting a hook for the headset below the jacks, behind the pilot is really the best spot but not if you have to reach around the wires to get in the back. That's also a good spot when flying floats, less chance of snagging the wires if you have to jump out of the plane in a hurry. Dropping your headset in the drink really sucks. I've only done it once, Knock Wood!

If I were considering putting the jacks overhead in the center, I would tape the wires in that position and sit in the airplane with the headset on and make airplane noise. That should give you a chance to move around, see where the wire falls and check for interference. I would also see where the wires end up when you put the headset in whatever position you think you will use when not wearing it. The wires may fall down to the rear of the seat and get caught/pinched under the seat back when your folding it forward and back.

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Re: Location of headset jacks

Postby rmullins » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:17 pm

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It took me three tries to get them where I liked them. The first time on the dash didn't work, cable everywhere and too easy to hit getting in and out. The second time I mounted them behind me pointing forward just below the head rack next to the door, but passengers kept hitting and bending them. I have brackets welded in to attach the gas struts because I didn't like the way plans specified which turned out to be a handy place to attach a plate for the headphone jacks. Completely out of the way, I have Lightspeed Zulus and I can set the control unit on the space inboard of the fuel tanks. Out of the way but convenient to adjust.
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