Interference with Pitot Plumbing
I am wondering what other folks have done regarding the conflict between the aileron bellcrank pushrod and the pitot and AOA plumbing that exits the pitot mount. I spent a lot of time thinking about the location for the pitot and ended up putting it in the same spot (almost) as the location that Vans recommends for their basic tube. There really isn't another feasible location for the pitot either inboard or outboard.
The problem is that with a heated pitot/AOA mounted inside a streamline tube the plumbing that sticks up into the wing out of the pitot mount runs exactly into the same space as the bellcrank pushrod. The obvious answer is that you have to bend the plumbing tubes to avoid the pushrod, but I don't see how you can do that because there is no way to thread bent tubes through the pitot mast after the bottom skin and mast have been installed. You could cut the tubes really short so that you wouldn't have to bend them, but Garmin says you need at least 8" so that the heat from the pitot doesn't melt the plastic tube plumbing. No matter how I think about this it seems an impossible task, but clearly it isn't since there are a bunch of people (more clever than me) flying with Garmin heated pitot/AOA hardware.
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