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Old 09-18-2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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I would be interested in knowing where the retaining bolts are placed in the wing. Please!

The NexSTAR had one dowel at the front of the wing and used one nylon bolt on the rear of the wing (turned into what they called the Pivot Flex mounting system).....worked great. I did change out the nylon nut in the pivot mount for a 1/4 inch steel jack nut (way stronger)....makes for a very clean. uncluttered trainer look.


I crashed mine 2 years ago and miss the old bird. I had converted it to a taildragger and removed the dihedryl from the wing and it flew frikkin' awesome.

I have been seriously considering getting another one and modding to a dragger and removeing the dihedryl again. Only this time, I would power it up with a GMS.61 2st instead of the OS.46FXi that it came with (besides, that engine resides in my UltraStick now)
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:29 PM   #12
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Just some food for thought here on the subject of wing securing methods.

The whole purpose of holding a wing on with elastics or nylon bolts is to create a week link so that in a bad take off, landing or high speed taxiing incident, the hold down will give before the wing or fuse gets damaged.

So a balance must be achieved between protecting the plane in minor bumps and having the wing part company with the rest of the plane in the air.

On planes with elastics, my practice has been to pick the plane up by the wing and shake it up & down vigorously & add elastics until you can't separate the fuse from the wing. Then I add one more on each side just in case one fails in flight.

On a .40 size trainer that works out to between 6 & 8 #64's total & is more than adequate for normal trainer flight loads.

Bolt on wings are harder to judge but on my Senorita, I have two dowels on the front & a single 10 x 24 nylon bolt on the back. I have had two incidents with this setup, one where the fuse saddle broke out & one where the nylon bolt sheered so I am just on the ragged edge of getting it right!

A few years ago we had an Eagle II bump the fence on landing & the wing broke in half! On examination the center section of the wing was crushed just like someone had stomped on it! we counted 18 #64 elastics holding the wing on! It's amazing that the wing didn't fail in flight! That is a pile of force!

Over the years I have witnessed numerous trainers come back to the pits with one wing sheared off & the elastics still in place! Again, too many.

I have talked to many guys who don't believe in the elastic system at all because "I had the wing come off in flight"! Could have been too few or too many! The results are the same.

Hope that is some help. Merv
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