Post-Maintenance Test Flights, Flight Controls Part 1

It was an invaluable lesson to get hands-on experience (under the direct supervision of an A&I) with the inner workings of a conventional cable-and-pulley flight control system. Removing worn components and reinstalling new ones provided great insight into the many possible failure modes of wear and fatigue that could eventually lead to flight control malfunction.
Credit: Patrick Veillette
Perhaps many of you can relate to my “retirement goal.” I hoped to enjoy flying a simple taildragger out of an uncontrolled field. For four years, two able partners and I worked to restore an Aeronca Champ. I couldn’t have asked for better partners. Both were retired captains from a major airline...

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