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In anticipation of the 5+ hr cross-country to the Zenith Homecoming (Sept 16 and 17), I wanted to increase my comfort for the trip. I have very comfortable memory foam padded seats, but I usually rest my right calf against the aft vertical edge of the center console and after a while, it's a bit uncomfortable.
I bought a "Crazed Pilot" headset pad from ACS - it seemed to have the perfect amount of padding since some headset pads are too soft and this was a bit firmer. I marked a centerline on the back side and then located 2 holes to correspond to 2 of the screws on my center console. I located the holes with a template made by pressing a piece of poster board against the 2 screw heads
I then used a soldering iron to poke 2 holes through the vinyl backing, protecting the other, padded side by placing a scrap of silicone rubber underneath the intended holes.
The pad was then attached by opening up the velcro and screwing the pad to the console. Nylon washers under the screw heads will help keep the material from twisting or bunching up.
Then, you simply stick the velcro down to cover up the screw heads and you have a padded rest for your leg. It's almost weightless and requires no modification to the aircraft structure.
I'm looking forward to testing this next week! See you at the Homecoming!