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Old 11-14-2020, 05:13 PM
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Thought I'd never need a parking brake on my 14 so didn't install one. Then on a trip to Cedar City UT.... late afternoon, no-one around on the empty ramp, winds gusting 30+ kt, the airplane wouldn't stay put to tie it down. Made the dumb move of waiting for a lull and jumped out just as the wind picked up again. It was a tail wind and I couldn't hold the airplane from the front and kept being slowly pushed back...very uncomfortable situation and totally my fault. Finally managed to kick off a shoe and push it under the nose wheel which held it long enough to get a rope on.

Expecting more wind on the way home I kluged up a temporary one-wheel fix with a 2X2 and a bungee cord. Seems to work ok, but thinking about getting the parking brake option :-)

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Old 11-14-2020, 06:23 PM
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Very rarely use mine, but it is really nice when I have used it. Cable airport in Southern California comes to mind.
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Old 11-14-2020, 06:30 PM
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Do you have a Bogart tow bar? Go find some sticks, duct tape them on the end of the tow bar. Put the sticks thru holes near the top of the brake pedals, push the tow bar handle down against the seat back, use seat belt to hold it down while you get out and tie down. When you get home replace the sticks and tape with something a bit nicer.
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Old 11-15-2020, 03:36 AM
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The Matco hydraulic line-lock parking brake valve is an excellent item to install. It's simple and very effective.

Yes, my airplane has a tendency to walk away from me if I turn my back on it on a windy ramp. It's a most disconcerting feeling to see it moving on its own. The parking brake is a godsend for windy or sloped ramps and parking areas.
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Old 11-15-2020, 08:03 AM
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For a while I was hangar'd at an airport (KCSV) whose self-serve AvGas pavement had a 3 to 5 percent slope. I was glad I installed the parking brake. (The Jet A ramp area was flatter).
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Old 11-15-2020, 10:15 AM
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Most of the RV14 brake packages we do are plumbed for a PB valve, as are the RV10s.

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Old 11-15-2020, 04:18 PM
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It was a tail wind and I couldn't hold the airplane from the front and kept being slowly pushed back...very uncomfortable situation and totally my fault. Finally managed to kick off a shoe and push it under the nose wheel which held it long enough to get a rope on.


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funny you mentioned the shoe trick. I did that once in Tucumcari.
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Old 11-15-2020, 04:49 PM
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Thought I'd never need a parking brake on my 14 so didn't install one. Then on a trip to Cedar City UT.... late afternoon, no-one around on the empty ramp, winds gusting 30+ kt, the airplane wouldn't stay put to tie it down. Made the dumb move of waiting for a lull and jumped out just as the wind picked up again. It was a tail wind and I couldn't hold the airplane from the front and kept being slowly pushed back...very uncomfortable situation and totally my fault. Finally managed to kick off a shoe and push it under the nose wheel which held it long enough to get a rope on.

Expecting more wind on the way home I kluged up a temporary one-wheel fix with a 2X2 and a bungee cord. Seems to work ok, but thinking about getting the parking brake option :-)

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Jake,

Good evening. It looks like you already have the upgraded Teflon brake line kit from us. Give me a call tomorrow, and we can discuss the upgrade process to the PB if you want to do the swap.

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Old 11-16-2020, 08:25 AM
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Reading parking brake threads I feel like the odd one out. I never considered not installing one. I seem to use them even if its a calm/clear day with/without chocks. Why not use it if its available? Stuff happens.

Of course the exception is if I park someplace with line services. Then I have that discussion with the line service or front counter to be aware the state of the park brake or if the airplane needs to be moved, and adjust accordingly.
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Old 11-16-2020, 08:57 AM
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Very rarely use mine, but it is really nice when I have used it. Cable airport in Southern California comes to mind.
You must mean the downhill by Maniac Mikes.

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