The chair started life as a Bowflex weight bench. I work out 6 days a week, but it turns out I use a few dumb bells and body weight; the bench never got used. So, I need to either get rid of it or make some other use of it.
It makes a nice, reclining fighter seat.
If I need to get in and work on the rudder pedals or something, I can recline it to horizontal (not in this pic):
I made the pedestals with 80/20. It’s really one horizontal beam that runs under, and attaches to, the seat. It’s built in such a way that I can raise or lower either side with about a 4" stroke. I think I first built this in 2011 and it has been modified many times.
Entry and exit through a step stool gives the sensation of climbing into a cockpit:
I can swivel the monitor to the other side of the desk, throw the mouse and keyboard over and do real work (or something resembling it) on the other side.
Actually, you can see in that picture that the pit has a top and sides. At one point I had an overhead panel which has since been removed. It now serves as an access to some external, indirect lighting.