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Old 09-27-2018, 10:33 AM
wrgway wrgway is offline
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Question Does this pose any structural safety issues?

I need to test fly my RV-7 to determine if there is a problem
in my AP with a new ADS-B. Id like to leave the baggage compartment
rear panels off to facilitate a few tests. Anyone see a structural issue
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:39 AM
rvbuilder2002 rvbuilder2002 is offline
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They are consider structural elements of the fuselage.

Will the airplane come apart just because it lifts off the ground with the covers removed? Not necessarily, but it will be flying with the strength of the fuselage compromised to some (unknown) level.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:39 AM
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The baggage bulkhead IS structural. Do not fly without it.
I know it doesn't look very structural but it is. It adds torsional ridgidity to the fuselage.
Mel Asberry..DAR since last century
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Specializing in Amateur-Built and Light-Sport Aircraft
North Texas (8TA5)
RV-6 Flying since 1993, 172hp O-320, 3-Blade Catto (since 2003)Sold
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:43 AM
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If you need to see what's going on in the back, just put a video camera (and light?) back there.
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Old 09-27-2018, 05:24 PM
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I know one guy who did fly his -6 without that bulkhead cover in place. He told me that he had no doubt he was going to get it back on the ground again but his question where exactly that was going to be.

He told me he could feel the entire aft fuselage twisting in flight (it was a bumpy day).
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