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Old 11-28-2012, 11:43 AM
Maj. Woody Maj. Woody is offline
 
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Hi Guys.
I am hoping to buy an RV-4 in the next few years and had a question regarding how I might fit in one. I am 5' 5" tall and 135 pounds. I imagine most pilots are a lot bigger than me. How do you think I will fit in an RV-4? Will I be able to reach the rudder pedals? Do most builders layout the distance of the seat and rudder pedals to fit their size or is this a universal dimension among Kit built RV's? Are the seats adjustable?
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:45 AM
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you'll fit just fine
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:00 PM
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I had the same concern, I am only 5' 7" and there appear to be alot of tall people out there. In my RV-12 I had to slouch down in the seat to get the rudder pedals all the way to the stops. I just bought an RV-4 in September and it fits like a glove, literally. I don't think you'll have a problem. If anything it would be the other way around and tall people would have teeth marks on their knees all the time.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:06 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. A nice gentleman let me sit in his RV-4 last year at Oshkosh but I was so excited that I did not pay much attention to the ergonomics.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:44 PM
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In all RV's rudder pedals and seats are adjustable to fit the pilots. If it's your airplane, you'll be able to set it up to fit you comfortably.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:03 PM
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In all RV's rudder pedals and seats are adjustable to fit the pilots. If it's your airplane, you'll be able to set it up to fit you comfortably.
I guess that could be true depending on how you define 'adjustable'.

The RV-4 would require you to rebuild the seat pan and add a bracket to the seat back in order to adjust the seat position forward. You would need to put shorter rudder cables in to move the pedals closer to you.

If I needed to sit taller and closer in a -4 I would have the seat bottom and back reupholstered adding a layer of high density foam. This goes a long way in comfort and is easy.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:55 PM
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The plane was designed for you.

Im 5'10, 135. And it fits great. I could even stand to move the seat back to straighten my legs more. Also there are rudder pedel extensions if you find you need them.
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:25 PM
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AWESOME.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:16 PM
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you don't need new rudder cables to adjust the pedals. you just have to make four new straps that attach the cables to the rudder pedals. there is a few inches of adjustment just by lengthening or shortening the straps.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:47 AM
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Oregon aero will make seats that allow you to fit in the aeroplane. I had mine made for people in the 5'08 range. The only down side to thicker seat padding is that it will put the stick in your groin, and the panel a bit in your face.

The seats are really comfortable though!!
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