Rudder Jam

Inadequate rudder stop.


This rudder stop on a Kitfox was barely touching the rudder horns and was close to imminent failure, which could have caused binding of the rudder, most likely at the most inopportune time. Welded tabs used as control stops on tube-and-fabric aircraft such as these are fine, but they usually require some fine-tuning once the aircraft is completely assembled.

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Vic Syracuse
Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.


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