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    Spring loaded Ailerons

    We just bought a 1974 Beech Sport that had been used for flight
    training by the Univ. of Illinois. The ailerons and rudder are self
    centering with rather heavy springs. All my previous time has been in
    a Piper Warrior.

    Was the Sport normally configured with self-centering ailerons or were
    they an option? Can they be removed without an STC? I had planned to
    add an autopilot to the plane, but with the springs, it would quickly
    burn out the servos.

    Any information and comments would be appreciated.

    A Mouse Newbie!!



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    Spring loaded Ailerons

    The springs are not to center the ailerons, but to couple the ailerons and the rudder. When the nose wheel is on the ground it appears to center the ailerons because the rudder can't move. It is actually quite nice because you can steer with either the wheel or the rudder pedals when you are in cruise flight. You need both for aggressive maneuvering, but shallow turns can be done either with no hands or no feet as you choose. I have never heard of an STC to remove the springs and I doubt that one exists. I would not recommend it if it did exist.
    Willis, Mouse owner for 14 years.

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    Subject: [musketeermail] Spring loaded Ailerons

    We just bought a 1974 Beech Sport that had been used for flight
    training by the Univ. of Illinois. The ailerons and rudder are self
    centering with rather heavy springs. All my previous time has been in
    a Piper Warrior.

    Was the Sport normally configured with self-centering ailerons or were
    they an option? Can they be removed without an STC? I had planned to
    add an autopilot to the plane, but with the springs, it would quickly
    burn out the servos.

    Any information and comments would be appreciated.

    A Mouse Newbie!!



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    Spring loaded Ailerons

    There is also a spring behind the instrument panel on the yoke to center
    the ailerons. There are many mice with autopilots, both electric and
    pneumatic. They seem to work well. I don't think the springs really
    hinder them, as you really don't put much control input in, in cruise
    flight. They add to the incredible stability of our planes. Enjoy them.

    Joe


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    Spring loaded Ailerons

    S-tec autopilot STC instruction for the 19A Sport require the installation of the centering spring and cable on the column behind the panel. From memory I do believe it was a service bulletin.

    Tony

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    There is also a spring behind the instrument panel on the yoke to center
    the ailerons. There are many mice with autopilots, both electric and
    pneumatic. They seem to work well. I don't think the springs really
    hinder them, as you really don't put much control input in, in cruise
    flight. They add to the incredible stability of our planes. Enjoy them.

    Joe




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