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Aircraft Model
ZODIAC XL
Project Status
Nearly done
Building From
Kit
Building Experience
Have worked on airplanes before
Flying Experience
Commercial / CFI
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usn retired

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At 9:37am on September 17, 2011, Roger Lambert said…

Bill:

 

I got this concerning the ailerons:

Cables have been used in light aircraft controls for many years because (amongst other reason) they have the wonderful attribute, when properly routed, of being minimally effected by motions of the structure due to aircraft loads.  This is not true of pushrods, which have to be very carefully designed, routed and installed to achieve the same response.    I might venture a guess (and only a guess) that when the wings are loaded, they deflect enough so that the mechanism is not working as designed?

Considering that the 601XL has notoriously heavy ailerons in the stock configuration, the idea of making them even heavier is a bit scary.  And usually the dual-stick airplanes, which have a higher mechanical advantage than the center stick, feel lighter.  My cable-actuated, dual-stick airplane has large spades (aerodynamic counterbalance) specifically to make the ailerons lighter and more in line with the elevator forces (which I made heavier by adjusting the linkages and adding a damper).

 

FWIW,

 
 
 

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