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Culver General Discussion / New wings for the Culver Cadet
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:35:10 PM »
Hi Culver Pilots, This is Neal again, with some thoughts you might want to investigate. Are there Culver owners that would like to strap a new set of wings on their airplanes?? Those 70 year old wings are holding up a lot of precious cargo. I have flown those old wings through some heavy turbulence and I cringe every time. The wings were designed for 21/2 to 3 G's under old part 23 using casein glue. The wood is still in pretty good condition but the holes through the wood to support al the metal pieces are of unknown condition. So much for the negative outlook, lets look on the bright side. I love to fly this little airplane and I believe that many of you out there would like to know it is safe. The only way to be sure is to start with new wings. I have the drawings and would like do my part by giving them to the forum. There are requests that go with this donation. Some one will make a parts list of material and do a cost analysis on what the cost will be to make new wings. (If we use all the metal parts on your present wings costs could be decreased.) Should a professional wood working shop make all the wood parts?  Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Documentation / Wing Jacks
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:18:02 PM »
Hi Cadet Pilots, I have drawings for wing jacks. There is a removable fitting that attaches to
the lower landing gear spar fitting, this provides the jackpoint. A 10 buck bottle provides the jacking force. see Bill Poynter.

Modifications / Prevent Tail wheel shake.
« on: February 14, 2012, 11:19:58 AM »
Hi Cadet pilots. Aligment of the tail wheel is important to prevent exssive loads to the fuselage tail wheel mount. One of the  most important points is to make sure the pivot angle is vertical with the ground when the airplane is loaded. Changeing this angle effects the caster of the tail wheel, which may cause ossliation and extensive loads on the stearing cables. Neal

Modifications / Change the size of retract wheel.
« on: February 08, 2012, 02:51:49 PM »
When you install 500X5 wheels and brakes the torque required to raise the gear is increased.
Solution: Purchase a pulley wheel larger in diameter than the origonal wheel. insert a hose in the V grove and wrap with cord. Drill the hole to fit the shaft, secure and you have decreased the amount of effort to retract the gear. Neal

drill tha

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