This is series #8 in our Belite Aluminum Ultralight Aircraft Cabin Construction articles.
It's back to work on the aluminum cabin for a Belite ultralight airplane! We're going to be working on the internal details now.
BTW, your cabin should now be covered. You'll need to take care as the cabin is worked on, in order to not tear or scratch the dacron fabric. This is critical because you'll be slitting the fabric and mounting the landing gear center brace through the fabric.
We've taken the liberty of additionally covering our cabin with turquoise Oracal, which is our fantastic covering method.
Our two tasks today are closely related: we'll mount the landing gear cross brace, and we'll build and mount the control stick mount box.
There are two landing gear cross brace plates. They look like this:
|Landing Gear Cross Brace Plate for Belite Ultralight Aircraft.|
After bending each piece, and slitting the fabric on the bottom of the cabin, the pieces are inserted through the slits and riveted in place.
|Landing Gear Cross Brace Plates inserted through slits in fabric|
|Landing Gear Cross Brace Plate riveted in place|
|Landing Gear Cross Brace Plate with tubes clamped in place.|
|Rivets in place on Landing Gear Cross Brace Plate|
|another view of Landing Gear Cross Brace Plate|
Now collect the three pieces of metal which comprise the control stick support box.
|Control Stick Support Box sides|
|Control Stick Support Box top.|
|Side with tabs bent. Use a brake, or a vise, or wide jaw pliers, or helpful friends.|
|Top with bend|
|Box with clecos.|
|Box with rivets.|
|Box clecoed to cross box.|
|Box riveted to cross box.|
|Bearing for pivot assembly.|
|Bearing bolted in place with two AN3 bolts. Do not overtorque!|
|Closeup of AN3-17 bolts used to attach bearing.|
The control stick pivot should rotate with complete freedom.
|Another view of assembly, complete.|