View Full Version : aerodynamic rudder balance

07-10-2009, 11:46 AM
Howdy all,

I have an experimental type stretched Tri-Pacer and have enjoyed reading all about the others out there that are making the same. I have incorporated a lot of the mods that I see on here, and would like to ask the forum readers to weigh in on an ideal / modification of the rudder. There is some that think the aerodynamic balance part of the rudder is not needed and may even become a hazard in a spin. What is the opinion out there for or against the ideal to place the rudder balance part back on top of the fin and have a straight rudder line?

jay heil
07-10-2009, 06:59 PM
shes perfect just the way she is

Steve Pierce
07-11-2009, 06:07 PM
I like the rudder authority of the long wing and short wing Pipers. The rudder is something I think Piper got right and would leave alone. Having flown a Taylorcraft quite a bit lately which has an unbalanced rudder I have noticed a lot more need for good tail wheel steering and brakes because of lack of rudder authority on the ground. Seems fine in the air.