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Culver General Discussion / Tail Feathers
« Last post by Bill Geipel on December 15, 2021, 08:17:02 PM »
My tail feathers, horizontal stab. flaps like they are trying to take off. Does anyone else have loose surfaces, is a certain amount of play acceptable, how do you tighten it up without crushing the wood.

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Parts For Sale / Re: Culver parts
« Last post by Flyingcranch2007 on March 05, 2021, 11:04:48 PM »
I’m looking for a left wing .... drop me an email. or give me a text@ 817-528-6545 , as I work in a loud environment and can’t hear it ring ! Thanks
Maintenance and Repair / Continental Vs Millennium (Superior) Cylinders
« Last post by Paul on February 25, 2021, 01:40:03 PM »
Hello All

I'm rebuilding an engine and will be purchasing NEW O-200 cylinders.  Anyone have experience, good or bad, with Superior Cylinders Vs Continental. 

Thank You
Parts For Sale / Looking for a Rudder
« Last post by Jason Somes on February 21, 2021, 06:39:53 PM »
Looking for a rudder for my LCA.

Jason Somes
Culver General Discussion / Re: S/N191
« Last post by Jason Somes on February 21, 2021, 06:37:44 PM »
Nice to meet you.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you with the project.

Culver General Discussion / Re: S/N191
« Last post by Louis Hudgin on February 09, 2021, 12:19:10 PM »

  Sorry for the slow reply. I don't check in very often.

  Congratulations on buying your Culver. I have seen your airplane at the Casa Grande fly in several times and always admired it. I own N29295 S/N 164. It has sat for many years and since I recently retired I hope to get at it in the near future.

  Louis Hudgin
Culver General Discussion / S/N191
« Last post by Jason Somes on October 04, 2020, 03:51:48 PM »
Just bought S/N191 N29398.
Flown it about 8 times now and I absolutely love it!

Maintenance and Repair / Re: Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by JoeB on September 07, 2020, 01:07:16 PM »
There are two 7/8" thick spars in the horizontal stabilizer, ribs are located as follows: rib 1 centered , rib 2 6” from center, rib 3 11” from center, rib 4 22” from center, rib 5 33” from center, rib 6 44” from center, the leading edge is a 5-ply lamination and then the entire upper and lower surface is covered in 1/16" plywood and fabric.  The horizontal stabilizer is very strong and I have not heard of any failures.
During a thorough inspection of an airframe, the horizontal stabilizer can be fairly easily removed as it is bolted to the fuselage. Remove the elevator trim, trim cable cover and the stabilizer fasteners and off it comes.
I would not open the stabilizer up for inspection unless it sounds (glue rattling around inside), or feels (spongy plywood bond at the ribs), suspicious.
Maintenance and Repair / Re: Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by Paul on September 07, 2020, 10:11:10 AM »
Joe, thanks for your information. I was wondering how the horizontal stabilizer spar is inspected while on a flying Cadet, does it have to be removed? Have there been accidents due to rear spar failures?

Maintenance and Repair / Re: Tail Spar Inspection
« Last post by JoeB on September 06, 2020, 11:39:36 PM »
Hi Paul,
Without some surgery you're not really able to inspect anything on the vertical stabilizer, I have not heard or know of any issues there. 

You will want to inspect the longerons in the fuselage where the horizontal stabilizer attaches.  These longerons can have broken glue joints from handling or even be broken from over-torquing of the horizontal stabilizer attachment points. Reference Service Memo #12 found here:

While the stabilizer is off the airplane you'll want to inspect/feel the 1/16" plywood bond to the ribs with gentle squeezes and light taps with your knuckles.  Also rotating/shaking the horizontal stabilizer around while off the airplane listening for loose glue rattling around inside there.  If you hear rattling, hopefully it is just the drips of glue that have broken loose from the sides of the ribs.  On my airplane I removed the lower plywood skin to inspect and found loose drips of dried glue and two ribs that had broken glue joints to the plywood. 
Easily repaired but the process is a little time consuming with cleaning, replacing all the loose gussets and everything.  Do it right, when it goes back together it needs to be good for another 80 years!

I hope that helps answer your question!
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