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a DIY Sunfish rudder build [video]

saw this video posted on the Sunfish Forum.

thoughts? it certainly is pretty creative.  also quite simple and fairly low cost.

I didn’t realize you could flatten PVC like that – but I’d worry about it’s long term strength. 104 more words




Section 7 is the construction of the plane’s rudder, the movable vertical control surface that induces or counteracts yaw. Yaw is a motion that is common to vessels moving in water and air. 777 more words


The 'Other' Rudder

“Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.”  - 592 more words

Set Your Sails

In June of 2012, an old but sincere desire of mine was fulfilled. I became the owner and captain of a small sailing vessel. A 13.5′ Sloop to be more precise. 1,016 more words

Rudder #2 - Day 17 - 2 hours

Wrapped up the rudder today (except the fiberglass tips and bearings to connect to Vertical Stab).

All that was left today was to roll leading edge skins. 143 more words


Rudder #2 - Day 16 - 2 hours

I have reached the point where I totally screwed up rudder #1. I’m determined to do this right. Riveted trailing edge today. Took my time a lot more. 57 more words


Crosswind Landings

Some ridiculous winds we’re having in Fairbanks this year!

The plan was to try and to finish my solo cross country flight hours today but at 6am, the clouds were too low, mountain obscuration AIRMET, yada (including an Alaskan volcano SIGMET – although it wouldn’t have been a factor for me). 564 more words