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Old 11-09-2008, 01:38 AM   #1
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Default Air Retracts nose gear help

I am working on a new plane that I want to install some air retracts in.
My question is how to hook up the steering on the nose gear, I am using
Robart retracts but they do not include instructions on how to hook up
the nose gear steering. I was told they use cables, how do you keep the
cables from getting tangled up when the gear is up? Does anyone have
some pictures they could post to help me out? I have some ideas, but I
am always looking for some better ones.

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Old 11-09-2008, 06:44 AM   #2
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Haven't seen any in a long time (!) but if I remember the ones I saw used a ball soldered on the end of the cable and a ball point pen spring against the steering arms to allow the cable enough tension for reasonable steering but keep the cables taught when retracted. When they were "down" the cables pulled the ball and flattened the springs against the steering horns - so that the cables were tight enough to steer the gear - then in retracted mode - the spring would tension the cable keeping it taught in the "up" position. There may have been a ball and spring on the servo end also to allow more travel - I just can't remember as it has been a while since I have seen that setup. Hope that helps.

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