I'm a student pilot at a flight school that primarily flies RV-12s as a trainer. We had one day that through a booking error meant that all the RV-12s were booked so we had to use their Ercoupe 415-C instead.
I was surprised at how easy the plane was to fly and asked my CFI about the "characteristically incapable of spinning" placard on the front panel. He explained that the rudder pedals weren't necessary because the plane maintains coordinated flight by connecting the ailerons to the rear rudder.
I think this is an amazing innovation for the Ercoupe and I'm surprised it's not a design that I can find on any modern small aircraft designs.
Maintaining coordinated flight with rudder pedals isn't a complicated task for a trained pilot but it is another task that the pilot needs to perform. It seems like removing flight tasks from the pilot would make for a safer aircraft so why do manufacturers not include designs similar to Ercoupe's models?
Is it a weight/cost/drag issue, or are spins not as huge of a killer as they were in the 40s-60s?