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    Unable to apply full flaps during flight and cannot reach electric fuel switch.

    The last C42 was OK, but this one must have a different seat type or position because even with the shoulder straps loose, in flight I cannot get purchase on the flap lever sufficiently to lower the second stage. Also, the fuel switch is just out of reach. Swapping hands on the control stick during final approach is hairy to say the least. I am five feet ten tall with long arms and legs. The owner/instructor has no explanation, does anyone else, please?


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    Might I suggest the use of a cushion to move you a little further forward in the seat? My Thruster came with a thin (3/4") cushion designed for use in a car seat. The small difference in position makes a surprising difference to my perception of the location of controls.
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    We have a new C42 at my club and its a bit longer and the pedals are further away. I have 34 inch length trousers so not the shortest of people and I wouldnt want the pedals any further away. The mag switches are on the limit of my reach and I do have long arms to match my long legs

    I am surprised that Comco have done this as I think it makes the C42 unsuitable for a lot of pilots.

    Regarding the flaps try and deploy them at a slightly lower airspeed it makes a big difference.

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    Are the seat positions not adjustable? Even the humble Thruster has a choice of seat positions.
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    non adjustable as the seat is part of the bulkhead

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    This one has fixed seats, attached to the cockpit frame. Unfortunately, according to the Owner's Manual, this is how they are.


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    Looks like a job for a car seat type backrest cushion.
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    In car racing we make a backrest to suit driver ,it's basic ly a black bin bag we fill with special expanding foam you sit in seat with it behind while it sets in a few mins fitting you perfectly and you just take it with you and place behind back,very comfortable,Dave

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    I have tried cushions, a lower airspeed, and (under my instructor's supervision) learnt to lower full flap with crossed hands smoothly. I can also now reach the electric fuel switch. Progress!
    Thank you all for your help.


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