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Rudder cable Fairings

posted Jun 24, 2011, 11:47 AM by Bill Thomasson   [ updated Apr 30, 2012, 11:18 AM ]
Don't do this now.  You have to string the rudder cables before adding the fairings.  See Rudder pedals
My plane will probably be on the ramp for it's first few years of life, unfortunately as I don't have the spare cash to pay for a $400 T-hanger and the payments I will be making on the engine.  The open slits where the rudder cables exited looked like an invitation for water and bugs to climb in.  The fairings also give a more finished look (AveryTools $14 for set).
I have seen some rudder fairings riveted to the outside of the skin, and others to the inside.  I am hoping that with a little epoxy fethering in the edge of the skin that the inside mounted ones will look better.  This involved cutting a larger hole where the exit hole was, and then riveting it in place.
I did this when building the tailcone, thinking it would be easier to do before riveting the top deck on.  If I were to do this again I would definately wait until I had mounted the rudder and could confirm exactly where it should line up. The access plates still provide enough room to get a bucking bar on the inside.  Hopefully when I mount my rudder I will not have to cut these out and reposition them.