Re: canard replacement

Peter Harris <peterjfharris@...>

I have removed and replaced an LS1 canard and it worked out well as follows:
1. Cut into the canard as close as possible to the hull using a pad saw by hand. do not damage the hull. May need to use an angle grinder near the trailng edge when cutting through the "spar" stiffener.
2. Turn the aircraft over and repeat.
3. Remove the underside skin.
4 Dig out the foam exposing the upper skin inside the cockpit and cut this around the hull also.
5 I used an angle grinder with stiff wire brush to strip unwanted glass from inside the firewall and from the hull inside and out. With care can strip one ply at a time.
6 Now the opening in the hull would suit a replacement GU but you want to fit an LS1 .You could use the BL 15 LS1 template to approximate the opening.
7 The new canard was fitted by bedding into the hull in flox while the aircraft was supported upside down. Set up the main wing horizontal using a WL tube. Using a smart level accurate to =/- 0.1deg measure the inclination at main wing at BL 50. The level line is 5.5deg above this surface therefore calculate the required reading for the canard meas at BL48.8.
8 Important...When constructing the canard leave say 4 level slats attached to the canard underside . These are temporarily glassed in place while the canard is in the bench jig.
9. The canard is positioned so that it is horizontal by WL , parallel to the wing by measurement, and levelled using the slats item 9 adjusted for the BL50 wing reading taken in item 7 above.
10. Remove or radius any excess flox and have several beers.
You will need to finish the job next day by glassing into the hull according to plans,then turn the bird rightway up and glass inside the cockpit into the hull and reinf. We did this from outside using a brush attached to a telescopic handle.Order more beer.

----- Original Message -----
From: James Postma
To: Q-LIST@...
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2004 4:24 PM
Subject: [Q-LIST] canard replacement


What procedure would you follow to replace a GU canard. My concerns are:
How to best cut out the old canard (tools and method) and install the new canard.
How to align the new canard properly (incidence, lateral level, skew).

James Postma
Q2 Revmaster N145EX
Q200 N8427
Steilacoom, Washington
(253) 584-1182 9:00 to 8:00 PDT
May your header tank be always full and your wings right side up.

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