Hey Pops, I'm assuming--yes, dangerous, I know--that the armrests are as much for MENTAL comfort and security as anything else. I was thinking a real light cable suspended, aluminum tube "U" shape mounted just behind the seat. It could rotatate up, out of the way while you mount, then rotate down, stopped by a cable. I flew a buddy's S18, and, man it was disconcerting being strapped to what appeared to be nothing. I don't think I'd get the same "too exposed" feeling from the Ranger though. I flew another airplane called a Ranger, one designed by The EMG designer, and it was kind of straddled and had leg fairings. It felt fine with no armrests, and was a HOOT to fly.