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From: William Halverson <william at netpros.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 16:33:09 UTC
Dear Group - Two replies so far: 1. "I have a Para-Cushion seat 304 which came with the plane. It is very uncomfortable. It hurts my butt and back due to the way it is designed. I have added butt and back cushions and have it less uncomfortable. It was so uncomfortable that I have ordered a Softie seat pack with Silver Parachute that is custom made with aerobatic harness and an inflatable/adjustable lumbar support and 2 inch cushion built on the seat of the chute. I believe it will be much more comfortable. We will see. Good luck and think comfort." 2. "Whichever chute you select, make sure it is manufactured to at least the C revision of the TSO. The C revision requires performance and safety testing to a higher dead weight load and higher deployment speeds. The B revision is just not quite enough for a big guy and high speed opening. I personally like the folks at Strong. They are used to manufacturing for the military and the quality control spills over to the sport and emergency chutes they make." I think I'm learning that parachutes are really hard to generalize about. Each airplane's cockpit combine in a unique way with each pilot. In my case I have long legs, so I have to wedge my knees under the longerons that form the top of the cockpit. So there is almnost no theigh area to distribute my weight over, just the pointy shape of my butt and lower back: | | ^ | instead of | / \ | /-------/ / \ | / \__/ / As I get anymore info I"ll pass it on to the group ... Safe flying, Bill