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Date:  9-3-2014
Number of Hours:  6.00
Manual Reference:  ch 16
Brief Description:  Rudder cable fabrication begins

Well, I'm sure there are fancy shmancy tools out there for bending music wire with precision but only needing 4 of them doesn't justify the cost. Instead I spent $1 on a set of 3, .047 rods and finally figured out a good technique after ruining all 3. :) The 4 wires complete the compression spring requirements for the internal rudder mod. Hobby Lobby is out of music wire so I'll have to wait till Friday to get more so I can finished the springs. Instead I ran cable from the firewall forward to the pedals and finished both ends. The job took 6 hours simply because I'm not a pilot that flies feet on the floor and plan on using the rudders constantly. More than that I took several measurements to ensure that both pedals had identical throw and symetry when moving the firewall bellcranks. It's VERY important that both rudders move in sync when the pedals are depressed in sync. I've gone up to some of the most gorgeous canards and when moving the rudders found all kinds of slack and binding, some of which wouldn't even spring back to center after moving them. This shows a builders laziness and makes me wonder what else is compromised under that $15,000 paint job...
After the compression springs are finished IDENTICAL to each other, they will be installed between the panel and F22. They will most likely never need maintenance in this location rather than behind the firewall.
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A learning experience

A learning experience

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no corrosion allowed. ever!

no corrosion allowed. ever!

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Cable end for nose anchor

Cable end for nose anchor

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