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Old 07-24-2022, 07:38 AM
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Default RUDDER BENT @ OSH - HELP

Worse damage I found nearby my row 315 is Larrys RV14A. He had a gust lock on it but 50+ kts twisted it anyway. Pix will be below. Hes looking for ideas from those that know more as to temporary fix, if needed, to get home 1800 miles away. Hes asked me to post this and will watch for replies. If anyone can help please reply here.
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Old 07-24-2022, 08:13 AM
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Hes adjacent to me, and imo needs a new rudder.

Is there a local -14 builder with a complete rudder or rudder kit s/he could part with?
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Old 07-24-2022, 08:16 AM
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Randy Richmond (A&P) has a flyable rudder from a 7A in Texas that we can get up here if somebody closer doesn’t have a solution. You’ll need to pop rivet the rudder cap on the bottom using the existing.

Standing by…


7/9/14 have same rudder
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Old 07-24-2022, 09:42 AM
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For educational purposes it would be nice to know exactly where/how this was gust locked, to have resulted in such damage.

And that is so awesome somebody has a rudder to lend already.
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Old 07-24-2022, 09:49 AM
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I agree…I’m having a hard time envisioning how that damage occurred. Was it taped like that before, or after the storm?
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Old 07-24-2022, 09:49 AM
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It had a home brewed lock on the counterbalance. I dont know that anyone saw the failure in action. Either the gust lock held and the rudder twisted or the gust lock failed and let the rudder slam hard over, causing the rudder to twist.

The home brew rudder stop was similar to, but IMO less sturdy than the commercially available padded clamp type with a strap that holds the clamp halves against the counterweight.
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Old 07-24-2022, 10:52 AM
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Default FOD?

Really sorry to see the damage to any a/c. I'm having trouble imaging the gust lock contributing to this one. Of course, you guys are there and I'm sure your assessment is spot on. But from the photos, it almost looks as though the rudder was impacted by something, or am I seeing it wrong?

That kind of wind could have hurtled something into the rudder, perhaps? Looking at the TE, it looks like a FOD strike. I am curious because I also use a counterweight style gust lock on my 7.

In any case, very sorry to see this sort of thing, but huge cudos to the VAF community for help and support. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Old 07-24-2022, 11:14 AM
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Default Replacement rudder on its way

Keith, tell your 14A guy Randy is boxing it up today and it’ll be shipped via UPS tomorrow. I’ll have more information down the road.
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Old 07-24-2022, 11:19 AM
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If you zoom in on the first pic there looks to be a hole punched in the rudder from hitting the RH elevator. Probably slammed then unzipped
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Old 07-24-2022, 11:22 AM
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Man, Im really sorry that happened
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