360 rudder stop
- My new paint job was getting banged up at the rudder cable connector
and the fuselage from the wind (tied down-no hangar). I contemplated
building a sleeve that goes over the top of the vertical stabilizer
and rudder but didn't want to do that for a variety of reasons
including eventually mucking up the paint.
So I found a simpler and better solution that seems so obvious I
figure everybody else already knows about it. But just in case
someone needs this solution here it is.
Materials needed: One 5/8 or 3/4 inch PVC pipe about 18" long, One
PVC "T", One crutch tip.
The T goes on one end of the pipe and the crutch tip on the other.
The PVC pipe is cut to the distance between your rudder pedals and the
front of the seat. The T fits nicely in the indentation between the
rudder and brake control. The T is just wide enough to catch both
rudder pedals. The crutch tip provides a nice friction stop against
the front of the seat. Whole things weighs a few ounces and you can't
navigate on the ground until you take if off so you can't forget top
remove it before flight.
I suppose something similar could be made that is adjustable but it
probably easier just to adjust the rudder pedals to fit the rudder
stop if you have different pilots with different leg length and rudder