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Frequently Asked Questions
Many aircraft already have one large control wheel installed. If this is the case, you will need Cygnet's Option 1, which includes one dual control arm and one control wheel. The second most common configuration is Cygnet's Option 2, which includes one dual control arm and two control wheels.
The introduction of the 'new' wheels was roughly the 1970 timeframe. Many of the older aircraft have been upgraded along the way to accommodate the avionics that are now available. The wheel grips have ample room to install push-to-talk switches, auto-pilot disconnects, trim switch, map lights etc. The center cavity allows the installation of digital chronometers. The easiest way to determine if a large wheel is installed is to look for the three screws that attach it to a triangular plate.
Yes, as long as it is the large Ram's style wheel, and has no cracks etc.
Depending on which version Beech wheel is presently installed, there may be a slight variation in color. The earlier Beech wheels that have the cracking and peeling type coating tend to be a little on the gray side. The later Beech coatings are the same materials used by Cygnet, and match very well. If your wheels don't match you can economically have Cygnet recoat your old wheel to match your new one.
The basic installation is roughly an hour or less. If you already have a large control wheel on the pilot's side, and you aren't changing or modifying any of the avionics, then this wheel will simply be removed and reinstalled on the new dual control. If installing two wheels with the dual control additional time will be required to address avionics specific to that aircraft. Consult your avionics shop or aviation maintenance technician for an estimate for your specific aircraft.
Yes, a logbook sign off is required.
No. All our parts are FAA-PMA, direct replacement parts.
Yes, and it is encouraged. There is generally no need to purchase a new aileron trim, if you presently have one on your single control arm, and it is working. The only caveat with reusing your aileron trim, is knowing how to remove it. We provide directions on our Tips page included with your order. Click here for aileron trim Hints & Tips.
The early aileron trimmers have a poor method of spring retention. This makes repair of these early trimmers very difficult. What often happens is the spring and retention is a dimple in the inner diameter. When the spring is over tightened and jumps out, it creates a groove that when reinstalled, will cause it to easily jump out and fail again. The new trimmers have a broached slot and a slightly different style spring end, preventing the problem with the earlier trimmers.
If your parts are broken or worn out, you will be further ahead spending the extra money and purchasing a new trimmer. The actual parts are very difficult to locate. Raytheon no longer stocks individual parts for the trimmer.
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Yes, we have Cygnet Aerospace products in stock. Many of our parts are assembled, packaged and ready to go. With our location on the West Coast, we can often ship the same day, if you call us before lunchtime PST.
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