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New elevator!

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I followed Joey's lead on this one and over the past month I modified my elevator to MKiv specs.  I haven't flown with the new elevator yet because the birds have been walking the past few days but as soon as the weather breaks I'll take it for a spin!  It will be nice to not run out of elevator at slower speeds and also be able to trim off the stick forces.  I have a 15 lb weight hanging from one of my tow bar attach points to help with the stick force, hopefully this mod will allow me to remove it.  We'll see! 

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Nice I think you are going to really like it especially when in slow flight. Did you do the trim tab too?

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I did.  My set up is a mirror of yours.  Although I believe Lowell's fabric skills are a touch better than mine.  This was the first time I did any covering, I did have a few imperfections and wrinkles in the tapes.   

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I flew the Avid with the new elevator for the first time today!  What a difference.  I only flew for about half an hour, but the results were dramatic to say the least.  I have plenty of trim authority for cruise and climb and descent.  I am going to have to get used to not having to haul back on the stick all the time especially on final!  On a bright note I did all the flying without my 15 pound ballast weight on the towbar attach, so that thing has a new home gathering dust on the shelf in my hangar.  I did a few stalls power off and on and noticed that the stalls are sharper and more crisp, which with more pitch authority was expected.  The tail comes alive almost as soon as power is applied on the takeoff roll.  I'll do some more flying later today and explore it a bit more.  But so far I have nothing bad to say about this mod.  

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Sounds almost exactly like my flight report! I actually have more up trim authority than I need. I forgot to reset it once for take off and I had a handful of airplane on takeoff! My takeoff setting is 3 bars down on the indicator from the top. One thing I haven't done and probably should is trim it full nose up and see how it flies in case the motor ever runs away. I think if that ever happened I would have to pull on flaps to get the nose back down. Glad your happy with the results. I know it was the best mod I've done to my plane so far.

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