Chapter 19 – Ailerons

Chapter 19 – Ailerons

6 June 2013 — Today I started off by Alodining 2 each aileron torque tubes.

For the aileron torque tubes I used 1 meter long PVC pipes capped on one end to Alodine the tubes, and then I simply hung one up to dry and clamped a dowel to the window ledge with the torque tube slid over it for the other one to dry.

Chap 19 - Elevator torque tubeChap 19 - Elevator torque tube AlodinedChap 19 - Elevator torque tube Alodined

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15 June 2013 — I started by marking up a P6 hinge and cut 2 each 8″ lengths & 4 each 6″ lengths out for the ailerons (enough for both wings).  The aileron hinges look offset in the pic below because they are: one side must be reversed because this is how the hinges are mounted to the ailerons & wings.

I also cut out a 4″ length for the rudder (which typically takes the smaller P5 size, so I’ll just trim it down to size).  For now I’ll wait on cutting the rest of the rudder hinges since I don’t have any P5 size hinges on hand, however, since I do have another P6 hinge set on hand I will probably rip it to width, and then cut the lengths out later on.

Chap's 19/20 - Aileron & Rudder HingesChap's 19/20 - Aileron & Rudder Hinges

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16 June 2013 —  I finished up the evening by taking the long aluminum “board” with sandpaper on the edge & giving the Left wing TE and a good sanding.  I also re-checked the measurements & shape of the TE.

I then measured, marked & drew out the aileron outline for planning.

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20 June 2013 —  I started today by pulling the peel ply from the Right wing root LWA7 layup & the aileron control tube channel.

I then razor trimmed the LWA7 BID layup.

I drilled a 1-1/8″ hole to expose the aileron control tube channel in the Left & Right wing roots.  I then used a 1″ sanding drum on a drill & a mini-drum on the Dremel tool to widen the hole diameter to around 1-3/8 inches. . . enough to slide in the aileron control bearings that I picked up from JD Newman at Infinity Aerospace (the same place I got the fighter style stick grips).

Chap 19 - Aileron Wing Root BearingChap 19 - Aileron Wing Root Bearing

I followed the directions JD sent.  First, I covered the main bearing assembly with cling wrap, then cleaned off the Clickbonds with Acetone, and finally roughed up the bottom attach surfaces of the Clickbonds with sandpaper in prep for floxing them on.

I then mixed a whole wopping 6 g’s total of wet flox slurry & mounted the Clickbond/ Bearing assemblies to Left & Right wing roots.  As you can see below I used a large screwdriver through the center hole on each assembly–duct taped in place to each wing–to keep pressure on the aileron bearing assembly, and thus the Clickbonds getting floxed onto the wing root surface.  I then let the flox cure.

Chap 19 - Mounting Aileron BearingChap 19 - Mounting Aileron BearingChap 19 - Mounting Aileron Bearing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 June 2013 — Today I started by finishing up the installations of the Aileron control system bearing that is mounted at the end of the aileron control tube channel that begins (or ends, depending on which way you look at it) in the wing root area. The original plans calls for simply glassing in a phenolic plate with a hole drilled into it to be used as the aileron control system bearing.  This is also what is called out in the plans on the fore & aft ends of the Chapter 16 control system tube that I mounted the brackets for inside the fuselage a week or so back.  Most newer EZ’s that I’ve researched have upgraded to the type of bearings that I’m using here, sold by JD at Infinity Aerospace.  The problem with phenolic is that it eventually wears out a little bit, widening the hole and thus allowing just a bit of slop in the control system.  Of course this slop, even a little bit, isn’t good but can be prevented by installing actual metal control system bearings.

Chap 19 - Aileron wing root bearing

Chap 19 - Aileron wing root bearing

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22 June 2013 — I started today by testing the clearance inside my Right wing root for the Aileron Tube Bellcrank (CS-132) that I purchased from the Cozy Girrrls.  There is a possible clearance issue if not enough foam is removed from the bottom edge of the wing root.  I mounted the the CS-132 to the aileron bellcrank bearing tube (CS-152) and then slid that into the aileron tube bearing assembly that I had just mounted to the wing root via Clickbonds (click here for info from the Cozy Girrrls on Clickbonds).

Chap 19 - Aileron bearing test Chap 19 - Aileron bearing test

Fortunately for me I had measured correctly so I had no clearance issues with my Aileron Tube Bellcrank, and it rotated freely in both directions.

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Project Update

Hey Guys,

I left my last project update for a while so everyone would have a good chance to read it.  

So this is it folks!  I hope for this to be the final push from now until Rough River to get the main assembly of the aircraft completed.  That’s my goal.  Is it an aggressive timeline?!  Oh, yeah!  After Rough River, I then expect the next few months to be finalizing any leftover punch list items and the finishing & painting! 

Over the past few months I’ve had some unexpected scope creep in my build, which is all well and good because the build is THE project.  As you know I rewickered Marc Zeitlin’s new AEX system which took a fair amount of time to implement, then I had planned on knocking out a good dozen electrical related items so that I could close up the nose.  I got a bunch of those completed, but kept finding myself not being able to really close out wire runs, confirm install spacing configurations such as the pitch trim unit, etc. because I couldn’t sit in the airplane and confirm what I had dimensionally without the actual pilot’s seat in place.

This drove me to move my immediate project line of demarcation from the instrument panel, back one more bulkhead to the pilot’s seat.  I was then going to knock out the pilot’s seat area –including the thigh support & cover– but there was a glaring prerequisite to doing so: I couldn’t get the pilot’s thigh support configured & installed without the fuel lines in place!  Thus, I needed to move the project line of demarcation back one more bulkhead and knock out the thigh support sump tank to get the fuel lines run in reality without merely estimating some more with a fake, mocked up install.  

So the immediate order of battle right now is to finish the fuel sump (including configuring the majority of the back seat area), and then the pilot’s seat area. These, in turn, will allow me to finalize the configuration of the nose components. At which point I will focus on the building the nose while concurrently finalizing the wheel pants install (nope, haven’t forgot about those!). Then the canopy install will be after that.

Hang on to your hats folks, it’s about to get busy all up in here!

Cheers!

 

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