Corked Nose Wheel

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Re: Corked Nose Wheel

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Any update on success of a new fin from Bret yet, or anyone able to mock up a 3D printer version?
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Re: Corked Nose Wheel

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I wonder if the OP got some unwanted attention from the FAA on this. They take unapproved parts seriously.
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Re: Corked Nose Wheel

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My friend in Zimbabwe came up with a solution as on page 1 of this thread. Took him 2 x 2 hours of work as he explained

1. Remove the nose gear fairing and reassemble the two halves.
(1a - polish and wax the fairing)
2. Wrap this in thin plastic film to protect the paint.
3. Laminate a "hat" out of fiberglass and polyester resin on the trailing edge side
4. Make a "shark fin" as on the picture above from lightweight plywood (1 cm or .4 in thick) and shape it to approximate an airfoil section
5. laminate this into position on the fiberglass hat. This is the critical point: the assembly must be stiff and strong.
6. Once everything is cured, pop out the hat, reinstall the fairing on the nose wheel minus the rearmost screw and simply push the fiberglass part into place. It will fit snugly...
7. Reattach the screw catching the part in position and apply some tape to the front side.

Sadly this only works legally in Zimbabwe, as the ZAA is very tolerant of homegrown solutions to stupid problems that the TC holder won't address. WARNING: If you do that, you will void your airworthiness! I do NOT encourage you to do it. Just fly with your foot on the rudder pedal. It is safer and much more legal.
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Re: Corked Nose Wheel

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Mark, any success on 3D modeling a fin?
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Re: Corked Nose Wheel

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anyone still working on this project?
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