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Old 10-03-2020, 12:37 PM
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Hello all: I am new here, thinking about an RV-14, but at 6 foot five I would first like to try one on for size. (I tried an RV-7 last week but just too tight). I fly out of KLCI in New Hampshire and am wondering if there is anyone in the New England area with a 14 who might be willing to let me take a look. Not for a demo flight, just to get a feel for the cockpit. It would be much appreciated.

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Old 10-03-2020, 02:44 PM
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I'm 6'2" and have plenty of room. The seats and the pedals are adjustable. At 6'2" I'm using the second position on the seats and the pedals forward position.

It's a very comfortable airplane for giants like me

Unless Vans has changed the part,and if you'll even remember at that point in your build, you'll need to fabricate new steel connection linkage for the rudder cables. Not a complex part, but you can't really use aluminum and steel really can't effectively be machined with the tools you'll purchase for the build.

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Old 10-03-2020, 03:02 PM
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David, welcome to VAF
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Old 10-03-2020, 04:26 PM
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Welcome David-

14 is a fantastic plane! but, I am 6'4" and while my 7A isn't flying (so close!) yet I fit well. I added the "almost a 14 mod" from Anti Splat and moved the rudder pedal assembly forward. I'll definitely use the aft seat back position but have lots of leg and plenty of head room (well, as much as I have in most cars/planes).

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Old 10-03-2020, 04:42 PM
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What is the "almost a 14" mod? Does that refer to the rudder pedals or something else? And I had never heard that the rudder pedals are adjustable, is that ground adjustable or does it require some variation during construction? I am looking at either buying used or new construction and I wonder if I might be able to apply some adjustment to, say, an RV-7 (which would be more affordable than a 14).

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Old 10-03-2020, 04:48 PM
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The almost 14 mod is made by anti splat aero. Hes on this site quite often. I think it refers to a seat back mod.
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:07 PM
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The rudder pedal are ground adjustable but not something you would want to do often. Six bolts and you would have to stand on your head to move them. You select the position you desire during construction but if someone was to purchase an RV-14 the position could be changed.
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:05 PM
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Does the option to re-bolt the rudder pedals apply to an RV-7 as well? And how much extra legroom could it get you; that is, what is the total range of pedal positions? If I could fit into a 7 I think that would be preferable to a 14. Thanks to all this is all good information.

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Old 10-03-2020, 06:20 PM
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If you're that tall and looking at 7's don't look at or sit in a 14 they are considerably more comfortable ...
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Old 10-04-2020, 03:15 AM
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Well, back to my original question then: Any 14s in the New England area? I'd love a chance just to try the cockpit on for size.

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