Category: Controls

Dismantle rudder pedals, install bilge pumps – 11/5/17

We took our rudder pedals apart to replace the defective rudder control blocks.  They were not made with enough material and several people have reported that the center block is cracking and failing during taxi or flight.  Then the rudder controls don’t work properly.  Not catastrophic but still dangerous. Here’s a picture comparing the old…

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Primed inside of hull, Rudder, Elevators 10/18/15

We sanded the inside of the hull and washed it to prepare for the 2 part epoxy primer that is the first step for the tuffcoat paint that we have chosen instead of carpet for the inside of the hull.  It is a rubberized, textured paint.  I’d read about one other Searey builder who had…

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Hull touchup, Build Elevators, build Floats 10/7/15

We worked on touching up the hull today and building the elevators and float attachments. The hull had some small gaps in the corners that we filled with West Epoxy Adhesive 610. The thinking there is that water could get in the crevices and damage the hull if it froze.  Someone on the STS site thought…

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Flap and Aileron actuators – 9/30/15

Did several different things today. Finished rudder pedal covers – got the needed longer rivets. Installed the vertical fin compression strut Installed the electric trim actuators and some of the linkages Installed the electric flap actuators and some of the linkages Put in the new aileron torque tube blocks with bearings – LSX upgrade –…

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Aileron conversion kit & rivet info – 9/27/15

We started installing the aileron control conversion kit today.  It uses different bearings and a push/pull tube vs. cables and it moves smoother with less force.   We’re missing the needle bearings for the post and asked PA to send.   rudder cable pulley It was difficult to drill holes through the rudder pedal, is…

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Airplane Controls – 8/29/2015

Worked from 3pm to 7pm on airplane controls, landing gear. Put bone tangs in to hold control cables. riveted control tube oversleeve. Installed LSX improved gear leg bushings on pilot side. Had to drill larger hole to adapt. Riveted push/pull oversleeve in place           Installed bone tangs and clips for control cables…

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