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Date:  1-29-2013
Number of Hours:  1.70
Manual Reference:  p 7-10
Brief Description:  Left Aileron

Tonight I completed the bend on the replacement left aileron skin. It's been 6-7 weeks since I last bent an aileron skin, and I'd forgotten how close to spar the skin must be bent to get the proper profile on the trailing edge. Photo 2 shows the skin clecoed to the spar after being bent to within 1/4" of the spar with the skin relaxed. I thought that would be "close enough", but just that 1/4", when clecoed to the spar, caused a bulge in the trailing edge very similar to the "WRONG" illustraton in figure 5-7 in the construction manual. After a good bit of effort, I got the skin so that it just touched the spar when relaxed. The trailing edge now matches the "RIGHT" illustration in figure 5-7.
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Left aileron skin ready to bend.

Left aileron skin ready to bend.

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"WRONG"

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"RIGHT"

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