Homebuilt for tall pilot?

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  1. 4RNB

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    Hello. 6'6", 285#. I can control weight but not height. What homebuilt plane could work for me? Any tall pilots care to weigh in on Vans RV 10 or 14? I've sat in a Cirrus and felt squeezed in. If you think a plane other than Vans would work, do you know how support is? I have never built anything before...

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    Well, it's an experimental so there is some room for modification. I'm 6'5", 230. I tweaked the seat in my Velocity and had plenty of head and legroom. Test pilot had to use pillows and blankets to be able to fly. :D
     
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    Anything with an open cockpit should work.
     
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    I realize there was some sarcasm there, but to the OP’s question, I’ve flown a few open cockpit airplanes where, at 6’ tall, I could barely get my legs in between the seat, the instrument panel, and the rudder pedals.
     
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    Good point. :)
     
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    I’m 6’7” but only about 205 lbs but I’m very comfortable in my Glasair Sportsman.
     
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    Super old post, but what kind of velocity and what did you do? I am 6'2, 230. I fit, but its tight
     
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    “Super old post”. Huh?

    I built an XL-RG. Lowered the seat as far as it can go had to add 4” to the seat back to compensate.
     
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    Probably saw your “Joined” date…7 out of 4 pilots get things mixed up. ;)
     
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    Yup. Sorry.
     
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    I'm only 6'0" & 190 but I've flown a guy in my RV-10 that was the same size as you. Both of us were comfortable-- we didn't rub shoulders and he had adequate headroom.
     
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    My open-cockpit plane has (of course) plenty of headroom, but the legroom is a bit short. The builder used Cessna 140 rudder pedals with toe brakes, and they rob a bit of legroom. The designer of the Fly Baby was 6' 2". I know a guy who is 6' 5", he modified a Fly Baby to give him a bit more room.

    In any case, peoples' proportions vary. I was once measured as part of the initial design studies for the Space Station. While my height was the 94th percentile, my leg length was >99th percentile.

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    I think Tony Spezio was about 5’2”
     
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    Following this post. New pilot and at 6'6" 360lbs the C172 I've been training in is a bit ...snug. Long term I'm interested in the RV10 or 14 as well.
     
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    RV-10 or RV-14, I might be biased though. Yeah C-172 was a little snug during training. I probably put two dents in it with the top of my head, one during some particular bad turbulence during an approach and the other when I bounced on landing.
     
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    One thing else to consider is distance from bottom of instrument panel to top front of seat. Especially in open cockpit, and other "top loader" types. While per the measurements I can fit in a hummelbird, I can't get my legs under the instrument panel without folding them in ways they were never meant to fold.
     
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    How tall are you?
     
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    6'4"