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Control Systems

Control Cables - Connecting a pilot's actions to the airplanes reactions

8/1/2000 12:00:00 AM By H.G. Frautschy (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 2000)

Materials used to build airplanes seem to have contradictory qualities. Take control cable. It has to be flexible and strong. A length of 1/8-inch diameter, 7x19 galvanized cable has a breaking strength of 2,000 pounds-that’s enough to sustain the weight of a fully loaded Piper Cub, with a pretty good margin left over

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Controlling Your Aircraft

5/1/1998 12:00:00 AM By Ron Alexander(originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1998)

In previous articles, I have discussed most of the hardware items needed to build your airplane. The last article in the April issue detailed rivets and their installation, aircraft screws, turnlock fasteners, and small miscellaneous hardware pieces.

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Control Surface Balancing in Homebuilts

12/1/1996 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, December 1996)

The obvious question comes to mind. Why balance control surfaces? Do they really need to be balanced?

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Rigging and Trimming Part 1

8/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1990)

Very few homebuilders know or understand what the term "rig" ("rigging") has to do with airplanes.

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Rigging and Trimming Part 2

8/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1984)

A less than discriminating pilot may not know or notice that his airplane is out of trim... however severe that condition might be.

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A Precision Quadrant Control You Can Build

4/1/1994 12:00:00 AM By Neil Bingham (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, April 1994)

Sitting in the "office" of a P-51 once, I concluded that I would have a throttle lever that worked as smoothly some day. No doubt I could not even afford the gas to fly it, let alone fly the P-51, but I figured I could build a throttle control that felt as good. I decided I could custom build my own and make it look like it belonged in my little KR "office."

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Control System Savvy

9/1/1993 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in Sport Builder, September 1993)

All pilots know how aircraft control systems work, and how to operate them.

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Push-Pull Tube Control Installations

11/1/1981 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, November 1981)

FIRST, LET ME set the record straight on one thing in the matter of push-pull control systems vs. cable control systems. Some very authoritative books and manuals state in absolute terms that the main disadvantage of using cables for control linkages is that their tension must be adjusted frequently due to stretching and temperature changes.

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Control Systems Cable Terminals and Connectors

10/1/1981 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, October 1981)

FROM THE EARLY days of aviation up to the present aircraft builders have been, quite effectively, transmitting control inputs from the cockpit to the control surfaces with control cables.

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How to Mass Balance Control Surfaces

8/1/1979 12:00:00 AM By Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, August 1979)

THE ASSUMPTION IS reasonable. Flutter in ordinary flap-type control surfaces can be prevented, at least in the speed ranges most homebuilts operate, by using properly distributed mass ballast to obtain a 100% balanced condition.

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