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Old May 21st 06, 12:36 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Hi,

I'm vertically challenged, especially my legs. When I am seated as
far forward as possible in my Cirrus, I'm touching the rudder pedals
with the tips of my toes, with the pedals adjusted to the full back
position.

Could people who have experience with this problem please share how
they resolved it. My thoughts are to put an extension on the pedals,
but am unsure of the best way to do that.

Thanks,

Dan

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Old May 21st 06, 12:57 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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"keelstrake" wrote in message
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Hi,

I'm vertically challenged, especially my legs. When I am seated as
far forward as possible in my Cirrus, I'm touching the rudder pedals
with the tips of my toes, with the pedals adjusted to the full back
position.

Could people who have experience with this problem please share how
they resolved it. My thoughts are to put an extension on the pedals,
but am unsure of the best way to do that.

Thanks,

Dan


In my libelle 301 we made longer cables to give me more room maybe in a
cirrus you could shorten the cables.

Or wear high heals LOL


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Old May 21st 06, 05:14 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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It is probably safer to add raising to your footwear than to try to put
blocks on the rudder pedals. I have raising on my right boot, as my
right leg is several inches shorter than the left, as part of my
standard equipment for walking, anyway. Surgical footwear, for want of
a better description, is designed for the job. A do-it-yourself
approach may be hard to engineer satisfactorily without risk of the
raising coming loose and causing problems, but with ingenuity it could
no doubt be done.

Modifying the glider would no doubt involve somebody having to approve
the modification and signing it off, and depending on the range of
movement, may make it difficult for other people, if you share it.

Chris N.

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Old May 21st 06, 05:18 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Depending on the pedal design, wood blocks made from plywood might be
suitable. Be sure they are fastened securely and absolutely, positively
cannot come loose.

bumper
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"keelstrake" wrote in message
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Hi,

I'm vertically challenged, especially my legs. When I am seated as
far forward as possible in my Cirrus, I'm touching the rudder pedals
with the tips of my toes, with the pedals adjusted to the full back
position.

Could people who have experience with this problem please share how
they resolved it. My thoughts are to put an extension on the pedals,
but am unsure of the best way to do that.

Thanks,

Dan


In my libelle 301 we made longer cables to give me more room maybe in a
cirrus you could shorten the cables.

Or wear high heals LOL



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Old May 21st 06, 10:09 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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bumper a écrit:
Depending on the pedal design, wood blocks made from plywood might be
suitable. Be sure they are fastened securely and absolutely, positively
cannot come loose.


I saw some years ago in Spain a guy from Lasham, GB, who flew a Discus
with such wood blocks tied to his shoes (and a rope to get the wheel up)


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Old May 21st 06, 10:36 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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jerome wrote:
bumper a écrit:
Depending on the pedal design, wood blocks made from plywood might be
suitable. Be sure they are fastened securely and absolutely, positively
cannot come loose.


I saw some years ago in Spain a guy from Lasham, GB, who flew a Discus
with such wood blocks tied to his shoes (and a rope to get the wheel up)


A fellow I knew had a short leg, and had a shoemaker glue a thick cork
sole to one shoe. A pair of slip ons with thick cork soles might work
nicely.
Rich

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Old May 22nd 06, 03:56 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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In certain shoe stores, they used to sell black lace-up sneakers with 3 to 4
inch soles in both mens' and womens' sizes. You might check with someone a
bit younger than me to see if they're still available. My son used them
when flying a Grob 103 and said that they worked well.

Ray Warshaw
1LK


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jerome wrote:
bumper a écrit:
Depending on the pedal design, wood blocks made from plywood might be
suitable. Be sure they are fastened securely and absolutely, positively
cannot come loose.


I saw some years ago in Spain a guy from Lasham, GB, who flew a Discus
with such wood blocks tied to his shoes (and a rope to get the wheel up)


A fellow I knew had a short leg, and had a shoemaker glue a thick cork
sole to one shoe. A pair of slip ons with thick cork soles might work
nicely.
Rich


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Old May 23rd 06, 01:19 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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keelstrake wrote:
Hi,


I'm vertically challenged, especially my legs. When I am seated as
far forward as possible in my Cirrus, I'm touching the rudder pedals
with the tips of my toes, with the pedals adjusted to the full back
position.


Could people who have experience with this problem please share how
they resolved it. My thoughts are to put an extension on the pedals,
but am unsure of the best way to do that.


In a related matter, I've noticed that in some gliders (including my 301
Libelle) I find myself putting a lot of pressure on the rudder pedals
which puts a strain on the feet. I think aircraft with larger rudder
pedals aren't nearly as straining because the force is distributed over a
wider area of the foot. I've tried putting less "common mode" pressure
on it, but I don't feel as much in control when I do that. I was thinking
of installing a wood block to better distribute the force, but I'm
concerned about the safety of that.

Does anyone have a good solution?

dan
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Old May 23rd 06, 09:37 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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This is a little outside my experience. My problem is cockpits not long
enough for my height. But climbing into the cockpit with unstable
footwear troubles me a little.

I wear lightweight hiking boots while flying to provide more ankle
support in case I ever have to use my parachute. Sure, it's a minuscule
chance but I know of several guys who've broken ankles after bailing
out and it's an easy enough precaution. Hitting the ground under a
parachute while wearing 4" platform shoes strikes me as asking to make
a bad situation worse.

I can see the objections to taping wood blocks to the pedals. I believe
I've seen rudder pedal extensions (in a Schweizer trainer?) consisting
of a second pedal hinged to the floor and offset behind the first pedal
by a few inches and connected to it with a pushrod. That's probably
much easier to install on the spacious, flat plywood floor of a 2-33
than in a glass singleplace cockpit. And it but it's worth thinking
about.

Chip Bearden
ASW 24 "JB"

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Old May 24th 06, 12:15 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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"no thank" wrote in message
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I've tried putting less "common mode" pressure
on it, but I don't feel as much in control when I do that. I was thinking
of installing a wood block to better distribute the force, but I'm
concerned about the safety of that.


Let me guess...you are strictly a glider pilot? That "common mode"
pressure habit I somehow aquired while exclusively flying gliders had to be lost
quickly when I started flying airplanes. Have you ever made a locked brake
landing in a Cessna? I did...once.

Seriously, your legs are strong and you can apply hundreds of pounds of
pressure that way without even thinking about it. Have you ever taken a good
look at how light some of that rudder control rigging is?

Vaughn



Does anyone have a good solution?

dan



 




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