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Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Adjustable Seats, Part 2
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 04/07/2005
Updated: 11/18/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
Here are some more details about the adjustable seats.

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Front seat.  
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The rear seat adjusts in several directions.  
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The rear seat.  
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The front base of the front seat is fixed, but the top side of this strut is adjustable providing for a large range of motion.  
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This is the top of the front seat back. The locking pins are easily available and sturdy, and won't release until you depress the button on the top.  
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The top of the rear seat back can be moved forward so that shorter pilots can get closer to the rudder and instruments.  
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This shot shows the top of the rear seat frame, as viewed from the rear of the aircraft.  
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Access to this area should be extremely easy through the hinged side panels.  
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Hinges are simple and are made of 4130 tube.  
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For extra safety, each pin will be attached to the nearby structure with a lanyard to prevent it from getting dropped or lost.  
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There is many inches worth of adjustment available. You could extend the concept even further if you wanted to and provide for finer adjustments or an even larger range of motion, but that's probably unnecessary.  
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The angle of the front seat pan is determined by a combination of the height of the front support, and the fore-aft position of the whole seat.  
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While not terribly complicated, this is the most complex part of the rear seat assembly.  
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The rear seat's back panel will only extend down to the cross-piece. This will allow the seat pan to be raised up if needed.  

Other entries in this series:
     Construction Begins    May 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure    June 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure Completed, Engine Arrives, Steve Culp Helps Out    July 2003
     Pitts Model 14 Introduced at Oshkosh    4th week of July 2003
     Curtis Visits to Continue the Design, Wing Construction Begins    August 2003
     Wing Construction Underway    September 2003
     Lower Wing Basic Construction    October 2003
     Lower Wing Details and First Fuselage Formers    November 2003
     Fuselage Formers, Skin and Wing Details    December 2003
     Fuselage Side Panels and Upper Wing Construction    January 2004
     Wing-Root Fairings, Fuselage Skin Panels, and Upper Wing    February 2004
     Fuselage Side Panels, Wing Rigging, Engine Arrives    March 2004
     Sun N 'Fun 2004    April 2004
     Summer 2004 Status Update    May 2004
     Aluminum Turtledeck    1st week of June 2004
     Sheet Metal Work, AirVenture    4th week of June 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 1    August 2004
      » Adjustable Seats, Part 2    December 2004
     Wings    December 2004
     Throttle Quadrant    December 2004
     Spring 2005    March 2005

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