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    I am studying Mark Goldberg's wing assembly manual, and have questions about the routing of the Aileron Control Cable. A little background, the Ailerons are controlled by a giant cable loop that runs up one strut to the bellcrank, then from the one bellcrank to the other bell crank passing over the top of the rear seat, then down the other strut back to the stick.

    The cable that runs from bellcrank to bellcrank passes through 10 ribs in one wing, thru the fuselage then 10 ribs in the other wing while also passing over Flap Dive Linkages and Support Frames in both wings. Does everyone run the cable straight and level out past the Flap Drive Linkage, then use a fairlead at Rib #10 to slope the cable to target the aileron bellcrank arm? I am thinking that keeping the aileron cable elevated will give the outboard Flap Arms and Flap Push-rod room to move.

    Brooks Cone
    Patrol #303
    Making plans for a Kit.
    Brooks Cone
    Southeast Michigan
    Patrol #303, Kit build

  • #2
    Hi Brooks. I have to hand it to you for preparation above and beyond most as well as understanding what is needed. The one thing not everyone picks up on is when running that cable in the aft part of the wing - that indeed the flap pushrod comes UP as you lower the flaps and the height of the cable run has to take that into consideration. There have been a couple builders who ran that cable too low so when the flaps went down the pushrod hits the cable. Not really too hard a problem to fix but better to get it right the first time.

    I use the plastic snap bushings where the cable goes through ribs where needed. We give you with the kit a fairlead tube welded to a piece of plate so that it can be riveted to a rib web so the builder can place the cable where it is happy. Usually that welded piece is used on one side or the other of the bay where the flap support frame is. Mark

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    • #3
      Thanks for the nice complement Mark. You confirmed my thoughts with your usage of Plastic Snap Bushings between fairleads.

      Reading your post forced me to ask "How much clearance will a parallel Aileron Cable have as it crosses the Flap Push-rod. So, I just took measurements off the plans and it will give 7/8" clearance above the the max height of the Outboard Flap Arms. It seems like the best method to drill these holes in a straight line from the wing root to Rib 6 is to....

      1) Make a template that captures the exact position of the Aileron Cable Fairlead at Rib #1. (Support Tube Fairlead... plans p15.)
      2) Use Template to position the Fairlead at Rib 6.
      4) Rivet the kit provided Fairlead Tube-Plate to Rib Web 6.
      5) Use Template to position Cable penetrations in Ribs 2,3,4,and 5.
      6) Install Fairleads inserts and Snap Rings where appropriate.

      After Rib 6, the cable will leave the parallel track, and take a slight descent for a straight path towards bellcrank. We can call this the Bellcrank Approach...We have the Wing Root Initial Fit, the Rib 6 Locator Outer Marker and the Bellcrank Final Approach Fix.

      Brooks Cone
      Patrol #303
      Planning for a Kit.
      Brooks Cone
      Southeast Michigan
      Patrol #303, Kit build

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      • #4
        You are much more methodical than me Brooks. Your plan is certainly good and would work. I just moved the flap mechanism to see how high the pushrod would go in the area where the cable passes over it - and drilled the rib hole accordingly. Mark

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        • #5
          Mark, per your method of using the fairlead tubes, I am a little confused. The plans show the cable going through holes drilled in the ribs. After our discussion, I thought you meant to use the fairlead to angle the cable to run through the large lightening holes, and not drill through every rib.

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          • #6
            No. I did not mean for you to run the cables through the big lightening holes. Some of the kits have the holes already drilled in the upper part of the ribs for the aileron carry through cables. If not, then you need to drill them. The parts I sent you are for you to make one of the holes (with a fairlead) through the rib closest to the flap pushrod. This hole needs to be high so the flap pushrod does not rub on the cable when you lower the flaps.

            Sighting from the aileron bellcrank to that weldment/fairlead in the wing root will give you straight line. But the cable needs to be higher right there near the flap pushrod. Not a straight line if you are looking from the rear. But it is a straight line looking at it from above. Hope this makes sense. Mark

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            • Mark Goldberg
              Mark Goldberg commented
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              You can use snap bushings on the other ribs if you want. MG

          • #7
            Thanks. Thats kind of what the plans show, so I was confused. The plans show a straight line horizontally, but it needs to stay a little higher to stay above the flap pushrod, and then angle slightly lower at each rib on the run to the aileron bell crank.

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