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Old 05-12-2017, 01:15 AM
RV fan RV fan is offline
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Default Rudder Fix during Parking

Hello Gentlemens

have you Ideas for me, what ist the "best" Rudder fixation for longer Parking during Cross flights...

It should be simple to Montage, Light, and should stopped and fixation the Rudders savely. (specielly Empenage Rudders)

Maybe you have Informations or Pictures for me. (I will do a Homemade Solution wenn it's Possible)

Many Thanks
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Old 05-12-2017, 03:18 AM
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This gust lock has worked well for me.

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Old 05-12-2017, 04:00 AM
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Default Very Simple

Take a long ( 12 or 14 inch) #40 drill and cut off the the end so you have only a smooth rod. Measure the distance from the rudder horn on one side and the rudder stop. Using heat on the rod, bend two 90 degree angles to form a "U" shape. Drill 1/8" holes in the stop and horn. The "u" should drop in thru the top. Make a bottom strap with two holes to slide onto the drill rod when it's in place. You can use aluminum for this piece as it doesn't need to be as strong as the rod. I have a "remove" banner tied to the "U" which I loop around the strap to hold it in place when the lock is on. Very simple, strong, and easy to use. If you need pictures, send me your email.
Terry, CFI
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:25 AM
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Default Mistake -sorry

Use a #30 drill (1/8")
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Old 05-12-2017, 04:25 AM
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Any hardware store carry something like this

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:47 AM
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Smile Rudder

I just stuff my passenger bottom seat cushion in between spar and rudder peddles works great for RV6.Seat belt on stick.
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve Melton View Post

This gust lock has worked well for me.

Same here, spendy, but so was the plane
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:42 AM
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Build it as a taildragger. That way, once the little wheel is on the ground, the rudder is locked in by the tailwheel.

That said, the AntiSplat lock is really nice.

Try using the search Advance Search feature, there are some nice homemade gust locks out there.
Bill R.
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Old 05-12-2017, 06:55 AM
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Gust buster is my choice...
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Old 05-12-2017, 07:04 AM
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I used a scrap piece of aluminum bar, bent to fit flush over the rudder horn and rudder stop and hole cutout to clear the rudder cable bolt head. Two small screws and wingnuts hold it in place. Put a big red flag on it, too.

Chris Johnson
RV-9A - Done(ish) 4/5/16! Flying 4/7/16
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