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Old 09-13-2020, 07:53 PM
artrose artrose is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: San Antonio area
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I had a close friend (passed on now) with a similar situation, which left him unable to climb in and out of my 6A slider. We flew together almost every Saturday morning for more than a decade. Either his plane, or mine.
I installed a light gauge wire rope on my small electric engine hoist, giving it more reach. I anchored the winch to the hangar floor, and run the cable thru a sheave attached to the hangar rafters. I used a medical sling, similar to what you've described, and fabricated a rigid crossbar.
I placed the sling in a swivel chair, my friend sat down in the sling. I attached the winch cable to the sling, hoisted him high enough to clear the side rail, wheeled the airplane into position, and let him down into the cockpit.

Unhook the winch cable, go fly. Reverse the process when we were done flying.
Sounds more complicated than it is.

The smile on his face was absolutely worth the little bit of extra effort it took to make this work.
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:11 PM
leok leok is offline
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Location: Clarkston, MI
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Sorry guys, the RV10 has gull wing doors. You need to come in above the wing and under the doors to get in. A winch from above won't work
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Old 09-13-2020, 09:38 PM
Rick S. Rick S. is offline
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Location: Las Vegas
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Default Have you looked into a extendable boom forklift

We use these to load drywall pallets into open windows. They are readily available for rent. Here is a link to some images.
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:46 AM
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Default Transfer Belt

Have you considered using a Transfer Belt? It is put around the waist and it has handgrips for assisting movement for semi-ambulatory patients in hospitals and nursing homes. At less than $30, it would be a less expensive option that cranes and pulleys and could be used to assist with bathing or bathroom visits.
I'm about 3 inches shorter than the U.S. average male and (back in the 1980's) much thinner, but in my years as a Trauma Tech, I could easily help post-CVA patients of 200+ pounds to ambulate.

My 2. (YMMV)
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:22 AM
flyguy61 flyguy61 is offline
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Location: Dexter, Oregon
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Not sure if this is a good idea or not, but here it is: Get a tarp, drape it over the wing root close to the fuselage as possible. Lay your Dad on the tarp and drag it up to the door, Then pivot his legs in and lift and help him into the seat. Not sure that would work but its a thought.
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Old 09-14-2020, 09:56 AM
myv65 myv65 is offline
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Location: Beloit, WI
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Jack, you have my sympathy. My dad suffered a massive stroke at 66 y/o, and lost his right side and virtually all speech. In the years before he passed away, we got him in any number of vehicles, but no planes. For your situation, if it's a one time thing the easiest is to find as many people as it takes and man-handle him in and out of position. A lift belt or harness certainly helps.

If you're looking for a longer term solution, I'd recommend something along the lines of a zip line harness. Combine that with a manual lift/pivot beam and you could literally drop him into the seat still wearing the zip line harness, strap him in and fly, then lift him right back out again.

The manual lift/pivot beam I'm picturing is really just a teeter-totter on wheels. Make a suitable frame with sufficient wheel base, and use a beam long enough that you can balance him from the opposite end while you wheel the contraption the few feet from "hook in" to "drop in". If you want to build in some safety, counter weight it for his weight in advance and put travel stops on it to prevent lifting too high inadvertently. If you've got any engineering background, you can figure out how strong a beam you need.

You just need a snap hook / carabiner to connect the zip line harness to the lift beam, and the lift beam should be roughly center chest height. He'd probably grab the beam with his good arm to maintain orientation during the move, and likely could disconnect himself once you set him in the seat.

Best luck to you and your dad.
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Old 09-14-2020, 11:05 AM
markarfarms markarfarms is offline
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Location: SULLY
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Fix a pallet for him to sit on and use a forklift to reach over the wing. That would probably be the most stable and safest way.
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Old 09-14-2020, 05:58 PM
mikesmithstormlake mikesmithstormlake is offline
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How about using a c shaped devise to get around the open door. Top Part of the c above the door and Dad hanging from bottom of the c. This would allow lifting from ceiling. Could be build fair easily out of square tubing. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 09-14-2020, 06:36 PM
artrose artrose is offline
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Location: San Antonio area
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I think the winch and sling concept could work if you fabricate a quick release for the gull wing door hinge.
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Old 09-14-2020, 06:45 PM
Jonathan Alvord Jonathan Alvord is offline
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Location: Prosser, WA
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Could you rent a Hoyer lift from a medical supply store? They may even let you borrow it if you are really nice.
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