Chapter 13 - Step 6

This step involves the installation of the rudder pedals.

New Pedals from Oelmann September 26, 2002. Here is a shot of my new rudder pedals from Dennis Oelmann. He recommends using AN4 bolts instead of AN3 bolts joining the parts together so I need to order some new parts for that. The other thing I hadn't realized is that I now need to open up the 1/2" holes in the NG-30's to 3/4" for these pedals. This would have been much easier upfront had I known this.

Right Pedal September 29, 2002. Here is the right pedal attached to the fuselage side. The .2" foam has been floxed into place but needs to be trimmed to be flush with F-22. The nutplate has been 5-minute epoxied into place using the pedal and bolt to put it in the exact place it needs to be.

Left Pedal September 29, 2002. The left pedal was mounted the same. However, you can how much more forward it is on the pivot block.

Co-pilot Pedals September 29, 2002. Here are co-pilot pedals temporarily mounted in place. One thing I quickly realized is that if the pedals are not mounted just right, the outside pedal will hit the fuselage side when the pedals are pressed. I asked and the general concensus is that the pedals will move about 1 3/4" total. 3/4" of this is for rudder travel before the brakes even kick in. The brake cylinder is reported to move 1/2" to 1" total at max braking. I will most likely mount the brakes so I have about 2" of travel before the brake interferes with the fuselage side.

The pilot pedals will need to angled back even more for two reasons. One - they are mounted more forward so they will hit the fuselage side sooner, and two - again, since they are more forward, they need to be tilted back to make the foot tabs even with each other.

Pedals Roughed In September 29, 2002. Here are both sets of pedals roughed into place.