Henri Mignet's dream was not just "piloting for the uncoordinated," though it is certainly true that he found conventional three-axis controls challenging. Keep in mind, too, that he would have received his limited training in 1920s aircraft that most modem pilots would find challenging, too. Mignet's dream was an airplane cheaper and easier to build and fly than ever before in order to bring the joy of flying within reach of people of modest means. The name Pou-du-Ciel is a riff off a nickname for the Ford Model T (pou-de-la-route) that brought the automobile within reach of ordinary people. That France's EAA, la Fédération RSA (le Réseau du Sport de l'Air), takes its name from the title of Mignet's book about the HM.14 (le Sport de l'Air) is a testament to his lasting impact. The basic Mignet formula *is* simpler and cheaper and faster to build and easier to fly than any other rigid wing aircraft I know, all other things being equal. Three surfaces, two of which move, and one flight control. Stray far from that and you may well have a perfectly good airplane, but you have lost the simplicity. As I have said before in various ways, it's not about orthodoxy, it's about minimalism.