I'm 6' and would like 1 more inch of leg room. Any hacks/ideas? 


Ed Eaton

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Comment by Patrick Hoyt on June 13, 2021 at 10:06am

I should have also mentioned that I lowered the seat “sling” as far as physically possible, and custom built extremely thin seats and seat backs for the pilot side.  If you’re tall and long legged, that may not be enough regarding leg room.

Much depends on the physical proportions of the pilot.

Suggestion:  Sit in your airplane for 3 hours.  Bring a book to read.  You may discover a difference between feeling comfortable for a few minutes, versus a few hours.

Another “tall guy” suggestion:  watch out for “knee bangers”.  Things that will hit your knees in a bouncing airplane, or things that limit side to side movements of your legs.  I took out the center panel in my airplane.

Comment by ED EATON on June 12, 2021 at 11:42pm

Bob; thanks for the reply. Amazing that you were the only one who had the correct simplistic answer. I have done pretty much what you suggest. Not a perfect cure but much better. Thanks for caring and answering. 

Comment by Bob Pustell on June 12, 2021 at 5:28pm

The thinnest back cushions you can get away with. Modern temperfoam lets you get an amazing amount of comfort out of amazingly thin cushions. The further back you sit the more room your legs have in front of you.

Also, a thinner bottom cushion helps. With your butt further down your legs need to go up further before bending and heading forward. This uses up some of the distance and leaves more space for your lower legs and feet to use. It also gets your head away from the canopy some, which is nice for us taller folks.

I am 6 foot two with a 34 inch inseam and size 15 feet. I found the above to be very helpful when flying a friend's 601XL. He had me fly off most of the 40 hours since he was a low time private pilot and was nervous of his new plane. I used thin temper foam cushions that I own in place of the thicker cushions he installed in the plane.

My 601XLB is not yet flying but it will have thin back and bottom cushions on my side, for sure. I plan to have an assortment of cushion thicknesses for the passenger side to accomodate different size flying companions.

Comment by Jeffrey Moser on May 3, 2021 at 3:05pm

You should be able to move the rudder pedals forward an inch or so without cutting out pocket in the firewall. I have move them on my 601 and am not having any interference issues. You will need to shorten the steering rods.

Comment by Patrick Hoyt on April 19, 2021 at 3:12pm

If I were to do it over again, I'd have looked into pushing the rudder pedals forward 2", and cutting out pockets in the firewall to allow for movement.  The limiting factor is the 13 degree back-tilt of the firewall which limits movement of the brake cylinder brackets on the rudder pedals.

Thinking outside the box, for an already-completed airframe, I wonder if it's possible to shorten the steering rods, lengthen the rudder cables (which would allow tilting of the rudder pedals forward while retaining their existing pivot location) and then cutting firewall pockets to allow for pedal motion...?

I'm 6'3", and agree on the legroom being a bit tight after a while...

- Pat

Comment by Bob Simmons on April 18, 2021 at 5:37pm

Is there such a hack? I mean, without modifying the entire fuselage? The cramped cockpit of the 601 is what made me opt for the 750, even though the 601 was more suited to the type of flying I had planned. With two people in there, our shoulders were mashed together. Didn't really get to the point of considering leg room.

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