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58 Sit-uation

02/06/2013

Well, the seat is now fitted to the aircraft, using the slightly beefier beams to accommodate slightly beefier pilots.

And this allows us to study the ergonomics for the first time. You can see whether Theo fitted into the cockpit below.

Theo trying the cockpit for size. You can see that his knees are very close to the fuselage crossmember.

Theo trying the cockpit for size. You can see that his knees are very close to the fuselage crossmember.

And yes, he does, but there are a number of potential issues here. The first is that he confirms that his heels do seem to catch on the carrythrough wire when he applies a significant amount of rudder.

The second is that his opposite knee also comes perilously close to the crossmember. He reckons he’s just about okay, but, as you can see  in chapter 55, I’m significantly longer than Theo, which may mean I’m left  with a significant problem. I’ve not been down to Dorset to try it on for size personally yet, but bearing in mind that my Grandad was my height, the first thing will be to adopt his solution (also adopted by the 6ft 4in C S Lewis in Sagittarius Rising) and remove the cushion. It will be a major sacrifice to have paid all that money for a fancy leather cushion and get to sit on the heads of the bolts, but on mature reflection I think it’s better than the alternative of elective surgery.

But who knows, when I get to try it for real, there may be another cunning solution! As always, I’ll keep you posted…

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