# Lightweight Seats

Discussion in 'Finishing Techniques' started by Winginitt, Jul 27, 2019.

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1. Jul 27, 2019

### Winginitt

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Pops is packin a gat! ...don't leave home without one

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12. Jul 28, 2019

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There are of course many ways to build a light weight seat if that's the only consideration the builder is looking for. I think most pilots will want to opt for seats that also provide reasonable comfort as well as safety , but in a home built airplane each pilot gets to determine what they believe is most important. The seats I posted are compact which works well with the narrow width available in an airplane. They are already upholstered, padded, bolstered on the sides, and compatible with a 4 point safety harness. They have the bracketry to be both adjustable and easily removable at a reasonable weight and cost. I think it would be difficult for most home builders to build anything with all/most of those features and match/or better the weight and cost of the Polaris seats. While everyone needs to be reasonable about where they allow/or pare excess weight, I think a builder needs to consider all the ramifications of using any seat which might be uncomfortable or unsafe .Even simple hard landings can take a toll on ones anatomy if seats are not well designed.

13. Jul 28, 2019

### Winginitt

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Good job,Pops! You have exceptional experience and resources that most builders don't have. In the example I gave, two seats were available for less than $200, so for a single seat like yours, that's a$100 for one seat. Pretty hard for most builders to build a better seat than the Polaris for less. I do have to admit you did a nice job and the Polaris wouldn't be "period correct" for what you are building.

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Right , "Period Correct". That is what I was wanting , plus light and cheap. In building this airplane I was trying to see just how cheaply I could build a fun little airplane that looked and flew like it wasn't an ultralight. Have to look at my notes, but I think I had about \$3850 in the airplane at the first test flight. I have to look the amount up tomorrow. Past my bedtime.

Added --- I'm looking for seats for the VW Pipe mud buggy that I am building. They look good.

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The seats in new airliners are just 1.7 kilos per passenger.

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See the "Farm Use Only" sign on the side of the door. In my area there are lots of bears, 40 lb wildcats and an occasional Mountain lion. Don't leave home barefooted. This airplane has seen a paved runway 2 times.

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The plane looks good. You ought to contact Kitplanes or EAA Sport Aviation and see if they would do an "Affordable Flying" article about
your airplane.

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Yeah Pops. Do you have another thread about it?
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