Brief Description: All New Front Headrest Design - Part 1
The RV-8 1.0 had headrests and a 7" LCD monitor in the front unit for the passenger. But, it didn't hold up too well because I mounted the monitor on the plastic shell which was pretty soft. So, this time around I decided to redesign the whole thing and make something that would be a lot more substantial. I present for your inspection, the fruits of my labor. I also found a new Kenwood monitor that is 6.1" instead of 7" which fits much better in the headrest form factor. Mount Version 2.0 has a .063 sheet that the LCD mounting bracket screws directly too. The holes in the plastic shells are non-load bearing except for the camera. The camera is light and shouldn't cause a problem. I cut all new foam this time around too for the front and back so that the size and shape matches exactly. The wires come out of the bottom near the right mounting post and there is a zippered pocket along the right rear side of the seat back to hide the wires and a DB25 plug in the airplane floor to plug into.
I'm shipping both the front rear headrests back to the upholstery shop to have them make an all new set of leather covers for both so that they match in size and shape and look and feel. They are also going to add a 13 degree bend in the mounting posts so that the front of the pilot's headrest is vertical similar to the way the passengers unit sits on the airframe.
The monitor and camera hook up to a Kenwood DNX9980HD 7" LCD car stereo in the instrument panel. I can put the GPS map, DVD, or Camera output up on the screen for the passenger.