Questions and Answers – Anthology

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July 2012

This month, we’ve compiled some of the most useful tips from Q&As published in Cessna Flyer over the last year. The questions and answers you’ll see here are abridged; refer to the original publication for complete information, including photos, drawings and company resources. —Eds.


Q: Hi Steve,

My 1966 182 J doesn’t fly straight. How did my 182, which everyone swears shows no evidence of any major damage, get out of rig? What has to be done to fix it?

—Flying Sideways

A: Dear Sideways,

I’m not surprised at your report that your 182 is out of rig. In fact, I would bet that eight out of 10 Cessna singles that are more than 15 years old are out of rig.

The first step in rigging any single-engine Cessna is to set everything back to neutral. On your 182 this means the rudder, flaps, and ailerons; the nosegear centering block; the rudder cable whiffletree; the nosegear steering/rudder trim bungee length; the rear wing attach point eccentric bushings; the control wheels; the rudder pedals; the aileron bell cranks; the aileron push rod lengths; the flap actuating tube on the flap motor jackscrew, and the flap cable bell cranks; the flap, rudder and aileron cable tensions; and the flap actuating rods must be adjusted in accordance with the specifications in the aircraft service manual.

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