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Ailerons
The ailerons are similar in construction to the elevators and rudder. There is a main spar with inboard and outboard ribs with stiffeners attached to the skin. The Aileron is different in that it has a pre-formed leading edge that contains a piece of galvanized pipe for a counter balance.

November 25, 2001 - 6 hours
Started the ailerons by knocking off the edges of all the ribs and stiffeners. Got the old door out and drilled all the stiffeners to the skins and started deburring the stiffeners.

Here's a shot of the aileron stiffeners drilled and clecoed to one side of one of the ailerons.

November 26, 2001 - 2 hours
Finished deburring and dimpling the aileron stiffeners. Started getting all the aileron parts ready to prime.

November 27, 2001 - 1.5 hours
Got the rest of the aileron parts deburred, dimpled and ready to prime.

December 2, 2001 - 4.5 hours
Primed all the aileron parts. Backriveted the stiffeners to the aileron skins, formed the trailing edge bend and started assembling the skeletons.

Stiffeners riveted to an aileron skin.

December 3, 2001 - 2.2 hours
I took down the emp/wing jig and cleaned up a little. Worked on the forward aileron skeletons some more.

December 9, 2001 - 6 hours
Drilled the ribs and spars of the right aileron, drilled and countersunk the counterbalance pipe, dimpled and countersunk all the holes and assembled the aileron. Also bolted on the hinge brackets.

Close up of the aileron counterbalance pipe riveted to one of the leading edge ribs.

Aileron spar, rib and counterbalance assembly.

Once all the clecoes are in I had to build up under the aileron to hold it straight while I finished drilling.

Riveting the top of the aileron was much easier once I clamped the spar down to some blocks to hold it steady.

Inboard side of the aileron. Notice the hole that had to be cut in the rib to access the nut that bolts the hinge bracket on.

Right aileron finished.

December 10, 2001 - 2 hours
Installed the right aileron on the wing and started drilling out the reinforcement plates on the left aileron.

December 11, 2001 - 1.5 hours
Finished putting the reinforcement plates on the aileron spar, riveted the leading egde ribs to the spar and riveted the counterbalance pipe to the ribs.

I clamped the aileron to the table as I drilled and riveted the counterbalance pipe to the ribs to help keep it from twisting.

December 12, 2001 - 2.1 hours
Finished Drilling all the holes in the left aileron and started deburring, dimpling and countersinking everything.

December 15, 2001 - 4.5 hours
Finished deburring and countersinking all the parts for the left aileron, and finished riveting it together.

December 16, 2001 - 2.5 hours
Mounted the left aileron to the wing. Cut, primed and assembled both aileron control rods. Installed and adjusted the control rods to the ailerons.

Close up of the Rod End assembly of the aileron push rod.

Completed aileron push rod.

Detail of the inboard hinge/push rod connection.

This shows the bellcrank and the push rod assembly with the bellcrank jig (the blue thing). The jig holds the bellcrank in the neutral position while the length of the push rod is set.

February 22, 2002 - 2 hours
Cut, cleaned and etched the aileron push tubes.

February 23, 2002 - 0.5 hours
Primed the inside of the aileron push tubes with the DuPont two part epoxy primer.

February 24, 2002 - 1.2 hours
Riveted the aileron push tube together.

Ends of the aileron pushtubes.


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