Monday April 10th, 2006|
Test Fitting Seats
I got my seats in! I'm very satistifed with these things so far. This picture looks like the bottom is a different color, but it must some weird optical effect because they're definately the same color. Anyway, today when I got home I mowed the lawn (about 2 weeks overdue) and then screwed in the pilot's side seat pans to see how the seats worked out. These things are awesome. Classic Aero gives you two booster cushions for each seat, which gives you three different 'height' positions to be used.
I sat in the seats for a while, then Jaime got in. In the past, Jaime has expressed concern about being able to see over the instrument panel and glareshield (she frequently has problems in other folks' airplanes). With both boosters under her she sits up nice and high and can see over the glareshield with NO problem whatsoever. In fact, I think she'll only need one of the boosters.
I was pleasantly suprised with the leg room available. I currently have everything adjusted to provide maximum legroom (rudder pedals full forward, seat back full aft). I can't hit my knees on the instrument panel unless I pick my feet up off the floor. That's saying something. In Mike's old -6A my knees would be pressed against the panel and I would have to be very careful about hitting the rudder pedals. In this configuration, Jaime can't even REACH the rudder pedals.
Also, in this picture, note the carpet with the cutout for the high pressure pump. Yes, I'm going the FI route, so some of those brake lines and definately the fuel line are getting modified.