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How many of us have an extra rudder?

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Frank Giger
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#1 Posted: 1/28/2011 08:31:55

I've got mine!  It'll look great on the wall once I cover and paint it - who doesn't want a Nieuport 11 decoration, after all?

First attempt at building and a great "proof of concept" effort, it just doesn't quite make my personal grade for actual inclusion on my aircraft.  I was lucky enough to have the local AD show up at the EAA meeting when I brought it around and he made frowny faces before saying it was okay - and was relieved when I said it was a practice piece.

Talking on other forums it seems I'm not alone in this regard.

Anybody else, and what was it originally designed to fit on?

 



Jim Caron
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#2 Posted: 2/2/2011 14:28:56

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CH801 flying rudder. Maybe one day we'll buy the rest of the kit and finish the plane, but I'm looking for a smaller plane for a first completion. If we don't use it on a plane... probably find something else to do with it. It'd be a great sign for a small FBO building, or part of a wind indicator.

 



Brad Cohen
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#3 Posted: 2/3/2011 19:42:44

Yes, of course.

I'm building a Zenith Zodiac 601XL taildragger

I have an extra rudder, stabilizer and elevator. I also have an official FAA reflective GA ramp sign, the remains of the tail feathers from my first solo, etc, etc.

I figured everyone has this kinda stuff hanging around

 

 



Ken Duncan
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#4 Posted: 2/4/2011 00:56:49

Jim and the group,

My wife and I built a 750 rudder last year at Zenith and I have it proudly mounted on the wall in our hangar along with our 1929 Stennech 80in wooden propeller for future use.  We were very impressed with the Zenith operation, but at that time we did not feel we had the time/ambition to do a 600hr build so we took an easy way out.  I found a 88hr Savannah VG at a very reasonable price.  It has similar characterstics to the Zenith 2 seater but has a 300 hr build time, more headroom, and a softer stall.  Flying slow at 60mph at 501ft AGL is a blast.!!! (that is as low as we are supposed to fly isn't it? ) I guess I really should get the altimiter re-calibrated some day soon.  I was used to pushing the throttle in and adding rudder to our Cherokee235 as we progressed down the runway.  With this Savannah VG, I do not use the rudder because before I can push the throttle all the way in (or count to 4) we are airborne, so runway directional steering is virtually non-existant.  I might get time in my life to complete our rudder kit some day, if we can stop flying enough.  Right now our rudder is OK neat on the wall.  There is a flying 750 and a less than one year 70% built 801 at our airport which with my very limited rudder building experience, I can appreciate the time and craftsmanship they have put into them.  Ken KGCM Claremore, OK.



801Driver
Ken Duncan
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#5 Posted: 2/4/2011 01:45:53

Ok, it is getting late, but in my area a 3in snow is a lot.  I have 11-12 inches on the flat part of my yard, so I am not getting my gate open or out of my driveway even with my 4WD Suburban, especially over the roadgrader's 4ft hump that he left behind to get to the airport tomorrow where they had 16 inches of snow on the runway.  With that I have just one last thought ----

 

                                   A RUDDER ON THE WALL IS BETTER THAN NO RUDDER AT ALL

                                                          (At least you have been thinking about it)

 

Thank you for the forum entertainment and knowledge (most of the time), and good night. to all.  This is a unique forum topic.  It is nice to know there are other "overly propwashed" people out there that think about odd things that are unusual and sometimes interesting.)



801Driver