Re: Q2/200 configurations

Jim Patillo


I think it’s a matter of personal preference based on whether you have toe brakes or finger brakes already installed And are flying with them. As a practical matter, toe brake cylinders are much harder to install and service and I think that deters  a lot of people. I love having toe brakes so my hands are free for other things. To each his own!

Also as Paul stated, if the tail rod brakes you still have total control of the rudders and brakes with our Jim/Bob bellcrank modification.

N46JP -Q200
19 years flying my Q

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From: <> on behalf of Bruce Crain <jcrain2@...>
Sent: Monday, December 2, 2019 6:23:00 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Q2/200 configurations
All true.  The pivot in the tail cone splits to separate the rudder from the tail wheel.  Great control results from that mod!

On Dec 1, 2019, at 10:59 PM, Paul Fisher <rv7a.n18pf@...> wrote:

Good point Bruce, thank you for adding that!  My mistake overlooking that point.  

However if you do the Jim/Bob six-pack with the pivot in the tailcone, I believe the toebrakes will continue to work even if you break the tailspring.


On Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 22:54 Bruce Crain <jcrain2@...> wrote:
I have toe brakes but Paul failed to mention if  you are a tail dragger and your tail spring breaks you won't have directional steering if you have toe brakes but finger brakes will still work.  Just and extra thing to think about.

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From: "Paul Fisher" <rv7a.n18pf@...>
Subject: Re: [Q-List] Q2/200 configurations
Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2019 22:48:22 -0600

I have the dual finger brakes (~1600 hours over 29 years).  My master cylinders are just forward of the instrument panel where they are very easy to access.  I can't imagine having to climb down under the panel to work on them if I had toe brakes.
Bottom line is I like the finger brakes because of ease of maintenance (because you WILL have to maintain them!).  Operationally either will work fine.  
Paul Fisher
Q-200 N17PF


On Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 22:36 n7000t via Groups.Io <> wrote:
Hi everyone,
Could people weigh in on toe brakes versus the split lever brake system.
Maybe Sam Hoskins and Jim Patillo could weigh in as they seem to be on the opposite side of my question.
thanks in advance!

mike Q200wannabe 

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