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Old 07-13-2017, 04:41 PM
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Not all every body is the same - that might lead you one direction or the other. I selected Oregon Aero seats (Abby unholstered them) and Classic Aero interior. Just remember you are building your plane, so get your seat. Not just a standard.

I have lower back trouble when sitting in car seats etc, and built a buck, sat in it for hours at a time to test it. Oregon Aero modified the seat foam (I just paid shipping) per a discussion and a detailed request. I am expecting great things!

You might get some loaners from the suppliers and do a test of your own.
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Old 07-13-2017, 04:56 PM
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RV6A Tipper: I cut about 2.5 inches off the top of the seat backs to minimize interference over the horizontal rail. Makes loading/un-loading MUCH easier. Have never missed what I cut off. Had the seat cushions cut down and resown also.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:07 PM
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Thank you everyone for the quick responses. Always great info. It is my plane and every body is truly different. I'm just trying to get pros and cons. I'm only going to get older (hopefully), and my wife already has some back issues, so comfort is important.

Thanks again for taking the time to respond
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:52 PM
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Late last year, I did the new seat/sheepskin upgrade from Cleveland over the faux leather from another purveyor that came with the bird...figger'ed if that was good enough for the day job (airline gig) and I liked what I sat on there...it would work in the RV.

Between that and the upgraded foam the Cleveland folks use, the wife and I are enjoying our new membership in the Happy Bottom Riding Club!

Dos pulgares arriba!
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Old 07-14-2017, 03:25 PM
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I love my Oregon Aero foam seats. I've done many a long flight and never have any comfort issues. I have flown in other RV's and the standard foam is horrible.
I had Abby at Flightline cover mine in Ultraleather, which is a synthetic. Super looking and very durable.
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Old 07-14-2017, 04:58 PM
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I've flown right seat in Raymo's RV7A, and like it. I think 1.5 is the longest time aloft, so that really doesnt qualify. He has Abby's Flightline seats.
I'm not sure what I want, but have talked with Abby a few times.
Maybe someone has some RV7 seat at OSH I can sit in to see the differences.

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Old 07-14-2017, 05:12 PM
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I have the vans foam covered by Oregon Aero as part of their package which includes the padded armrests, very good people to work with. The seats are OK for a couple of hours but then it gets a little uncomfortable. I have a -7 and am 6' 3" and even with the rudder pedals as far forward as I could and the seat as far back my legs get a bit cramped. As mentioned earlier the fuel selector cover box digs into the side of the knee on the right and the vertical fuselage member digs into the knee on the left In addition the throttle and mixture cables prevent you from moving your legs over to the passenger side. Net result is that it is not easy to move around a lot when things get a bit cramped up.

One of my flying buddies did the RV-14 mod on his -7 and loves it but finds that it does make it harder to get in and out.

My next trick (Oshkosh) is to use a foam cushion on the seat to see if that helps relieve pressure, I just used them on a trip from Tulsa to Santa Fe in my Boxster where I did about 2500 miles in 4 days and they worked like a champ, they were foam kneel pads I found on Amazon.

Based on my experience I would go for some kind of fairly thick memory foam and pad the various protrusions in the cockpit to prevent leg bruising.

This discomfort is of course all offset by the sheer pleasure of flying the RV
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:22 PM
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I have the Classic Aviator seats and interior in my 9A and I do lots of cross country. The seats are great and well worth the money. If you can afford it buy the best seats you can and I think the Aviators are the best. The interior was surprising in how much it improved my comfort level in the airplane. Carpet is a no-brainer since its relatively inexpensive and acts as a sound dampener. The biggest improvement was the side panels next to the seats...they make a HUGE difference in comfort because they insulate the side wall from the seating area. Less heat in the summer and less cold in the winter. Baggage interior(except carpet) and fwd floor side panels are good on the eyes but don't add much to the comfort level.

Head rest...no use to the pilot but my sleeping passenger uses it frequently. It does make it harder to reach into the baggage area so if you get head rests be sure and get the Supertrack mod (assuming you have a slider).
Agree with everything above and would add that not only do the side panels add insulation and aesthetics...lots of good pockets provided on the Classic Aero system.

I am quite happy with the sportsman seats w/o head rest, as stated, the pilot won't use the headrest anyway, and my sweetie uses a small pillow. The advantage to no head rest is entry and egress (slider) where I have handles on the roll bar you can hold yourself getting 1st foot in then sit on the cross bar/top of seat back, swing you second leg in and then slide down into the seat. My 83 yr old Mom can do this process quit easy and though sort of possible when I tried it on seats with headrest...much better with out. YMMV

Also have tipup/slider mod which I am very happy with.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:53 PM
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Not to drift the thread too much.. Does anyone have experience with RV seats with a tailbone (coccyx) cutout on the aft edge of the seat cushion?

I bunged my tailbone when I was in 6th grade when someone thought it was funny to pull the chair out from under me when sitting down, and it's never been the same since. Flying commercial, I find that the lack of ability to move around in the seat makes get pretty uncomfortable after about 4 hrs. Airline seats seem to conspire to put the pressure exactly on the wrong spot.

A cutout seems like a great idea .. any in-flight experiences?
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:24 PM
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Not to drift the thread too much.. Does anyone have experience with RV seats with a tailbone (coccyx) cutout on the aft edge of the seat cushion?

I bunged my tailbone when I was in 6th grade when someone thought it was funny to pull the chair out from under me when sitting down, and it's never been the same since. Flying commercial, I find that the lack of ability to move around in the seat makes get pretty uncomfortable after about 4 hrs. Airline seats seem to conspire to put the pressure exactly on the wrong spot.

A cutout seems like a great idea .. any in-flight experiences?
I've felt your pain. Lived about two years with a coccyx injury and as you say, airline seats were the worst. Perhaps you have sought out treatment for this but if not there is chiropractic adjustments that can fix this, some rather precarious from the inside some as simple as rolling on a tennis ball. nonetheless, eventually I was able to Slip things back in place and come to think of it have been pain free in that area for 5 or 6 years. That pain and fatigue was the worse for a long time. Hopefully you can get that fixed. I do think a cutout in the seat would help though. I used to sit on one of those neck sleepy things turned backwards on the airlines, helped the coccyx but less comfortable elsewhere.
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