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Old 06-30-2022, 09:19 PM
RV10Pilot RV10Pilot is offline
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Default 330 Pound Passanger

I checked may weight and balance. The gross weight and CG is easily within limits with me and a 330 pound passenger in the front seats. Should I have any other concerns? Will they break the step, dent the wing, crush the seat?
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Old 06-30-2022, 09:21 PM
AviatorJ AviatorJ is offline
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Push that seat back to keep full range of motion on your stick. Or just remove the passenger stick.
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Old 06-30-2022, 10:06 PM
RV8JD RV8JD is offline
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Similar, recent thread on the subject:
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Old 07-01-2022, 03:14 PM
N427EF N427EF is offline
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Should I have any other concerns? Will they break the step, dent the wing, crush the seat?
I think the seat will be fine, all other concerns are valid.
If you must take up a 330 lb bubba, provide a step stool with 2 steps to get him up to wing level. Make sure he'll step on the black taped wing walk and no place else.
The step would be my biggest concern, I am sure it can handle a one time load but a crack will start with a heavy load and go from there.
For me it would depend a little on what kind of shape he is in??
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Old 07-01-2022, 05:00 PM
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I flew several times in a 65 HP Luscombe with a guy that was 300#. I only got 1/3 of the seat.
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Old 07-01-2022, 09:41 PM
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Seat belt /shoulder harness may not fit. Full control stick movement may not be possible.
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Old 07-02-2022, 07:30 AM
Avengerboss Avengerboss is offline
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Default 300lb passenger

I’ve flown my buddy many times in the front and back, he hovers at 310lbs. I’m 210 my wife 125. No problems.
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Old 07-02-2022, 07:42 AM
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This thread puts me in mind of an interview I saw Greg Hughes do, explaining the RV-10 and RV-14 as being airplanes that were designed for “modern Americans”.

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Old 07-02-2022, 08:59 AM
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My pastor was 325 and he had to do some acro to get in the front but his enthusiasm helped.

Vic told me to watch the step weldment and that he place his foot as close to the weld as possible getting in.. So far, so good…and the CG was OK.

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Old 07-02-2022, 09:29 AM
Dan B Dan B is offline
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There comes a time to just say "NO" to a passenger. That time for my RV9 is 250lb (sometimes less), depending on the passenger's physical health. I get very concerned if a person cannot physically ingress or egress the cockpit easily. Secondly, I am not interested in having to repair steps, canopies, or other aircraft parts that may be over stressed by a large person.
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