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    Looking to buy a wing rotator.

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    Default Re: WTB Wing Rotator

    I converted an automotive engine stand into a wing rotator without much work.
    "You can only tie the record for flying low."

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    Default Re: WTB Wing Rotator

    I built my own but Wag Aero makes a nice one. https://www.wagaero.com/deluxe-wing-rotator-kit.html

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I am not sure I want to put $800 into the rotator.
    I have an engine stand holding up the root end and I can rotate the wing with some effort. However I can't seem to figure out how to hook one onto the wing tip end. So I thought I would try to find a used hoop type rotator to go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theo View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. I am not sure I want to put $800 into the rotator.
    I have an engine stand holding up the root end and I can rotate the wing with some effort. However I can't seem to figure out how to hook one onto the wing tip end. So I thought I would try to find a used hoop type rotator to go with it.

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    I made a plywood base on small wheels. Attached a 4x4 post. Attached a 1/2 inch steel pipe sticking out 2' cross wise at the top. Since I did not have the wing tips on it held up the out board through the rib. I have an out board stamped rib. If I had a truss rib, I would fasten plywood flat to the rib with a hole for the pip to go through. I wish I had a picture.

    Put weights on the base to keep it stable.

    Plus, my set up is on wheels so I can move the wing.

    Check out the Stewart video's, they have a similar one which hooks on to the wing tips light bracket.
    Last edited by Stephen; 11-19-2017 at 11:34 AM.
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    Default Re: WTB Wing Rotator

    Piper had holes in the tip bow to spar fittings for this purpose.


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    Steve do you just patch the holes after the wings are installed?

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    I did the same thing with the rotator on the wing tips and butt. The nav light brackets cover the front holes, and I found some plastic automotive type plugs to fit the rear ones and painted them to match.


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    I use a hoop at the strut attach fittings. Piper did like Zac posted, nav light and they used a platic washer a little bigger than a quarter. You can save the inspection hole cut outs and use a gasket punch and Stewart's glue to patch the holes.

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    Steve, I made the brackets like yours. how do I attach them to the brackets the bolt goes through? It just doesn't seem very strong
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    Last edited by p5744d; 01-12-2021 at 07:13 PM.

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