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Old 09-27-2021, 05:51 PM
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Default Gust Locks -- Redux

I was describing my solution to this problem to my friends at lunch last week, and they just couldn't grasp how you could use a beer can koozie as a rudder/elevator/aileron gust lock. So I had to show them...and show off the new paint too
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Old 09-27-2021, 07:06 PM
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Brilliant! It might take drinking quite a few beers to get adequate immobilization of the control surfaces......

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Old 09-27-2021, 08:08 PM
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Very clever ! & I Lov seeing a post with a second AC started in the background 😎
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I must be missing something......... It appears to me that you are depending on friction to hold the rudder. If a strong enough gust came along, wouldn't the rudder swing and release the "Koozie", which would then immediately depart smartly downwind?
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Old 09-28-2021, 05:19 AM
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I must be missing something......... It appears to me that you are depending on friction to hold the rudder. If a strong enough gust came along, wouldn't the rudder swing and release the "Koozie", which would then immediately depart smartly downwind?
It does rely on the interference fit/friction applied between the counterbalance arm and tip fairing. Granted, I haven't parked in gale force winds at angles approaching 90 to the wind; but for the average kite weather, winds 15G30, it works quite well.
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Old 09-28-2021, 05:28 AM
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Wow! That's the quickest response I've ever gotten on any forum!

I guess my response would be: "It will work well, ...... until it doesn't.

I would prefer something a bit more robust, myself. Probably just fine for an hour or two stop when you know the weather is fine.

But an unexpected TS can wreak havoc. YMMV, as always.
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Old 09-28-2021, 05:40 AM
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I guess my response would be: "It will work well, ...... until it doesn't.
True - there are limits to the operation of any system.

But hey, give it a try, and see what you think.
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Old 09-28-2021, 11:10 AM
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I like it, although I think I would prefer just using some scrap neoprene. A free beer cozy is just too tempting to those admiring that paint job!
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Any wind that is likely to damage your rudder will surely flip the cozy out. Not a great idea IMHO.
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