Aileron Actuation

Hours Worked = 4.5

The ailerons on the RV10 are connected to the control system by push rods. This gives them a tight, connected feel, with a light touch and no slop… compared to a wire and pully system in some other planes.

I started by creating the main push rods that go from the wing root to the bellcrank, then the push rod that goes from the bellcrank to the aileron. Next, I needed to fabricate the torque tube that sits at the root of the wing. The directions tell you to connect a WD-1014C torque tube collar to another piece. The problem is that you need to fabricate this part, and the instructions don’t tell you what to make it from, or the dimensions of the part. Luckily, searching some fellow RV10 builder’s sites let me to the answer. There is some raw tubing that simple gets cut in half to create the two WD1014C’s.

Next, I worked on installing the bellcranks into the wing. I had some additional work to do on this step as I’m installing a TruTrak autopilot servo in the right wing. Again, the instructions for this were pretty straight forward.

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5 thoughts on “Aileron Actuation

  • February 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Thinking along the lines of “Absolute Reliability” and low maintenance….I don’t know about that little electric motor thingy….doesn’t look up to the task. Doesn’t look like it will last at all?

    Is it coupled to a reduction gear box?

  • February 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Is that a Chevy Volt in the garage?

  • February 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    The electric motor that you are referring to is the servo that the auto pilot uses to steer the plane when it’s active. It’s not a direct part of the control system, and if it fails, will fly the same… I’ll just have to hand fly it myself. It’s actually designed to stop trying to control the plane if I push on the controls hard enough.

  • February 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Hi Billy!
    Why yes, that is a Chevy Volt in the garage. That’s mine:) I just got it in December. Since I was driving 60+ miles per day for work now I decided to retire the Ford Explorer. I have a plug in at work too now so it’s pretty efficient!

  • February 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I see….that makes sense.

    I’ll be interested in your opinion of the Chevy Volt over time and I applaud your preference to buy American!

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