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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:31 pm

Joe I have done the ailerons this way on my last three Highlanders and yes they work much much better than the stock Highlander ailerons. The ailerons were one thing that I actually did like about the Superstol.

We just recently completed a builder assist with a guy on a new Highlander built like my Highlander and he was telling me yesterday it’s not even like the same model of airplane it works so much better than the standard Highlander that he had before. It really is amazing what a few simple modifications do for a Highlander. He liked his standard Highlander so much that even after wrecking it he knew he would not be happy with anything but another Highlander. He is just amazed at how much better the Highlander built like mine is then a stock one.

No matter how you guys fly your Highlanders you really should get our leading edge cuff even if you just land at airports. You should pick up one or two miles an hour in cruise and be able to land it about 5 miles an hour slower than without the cuff.
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby moving2time » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:15 am

Sorry to belabor the details but, am I correct in assuming that the aileron is completely rebuilt and the false spar is also modified? Unfortunately I didn't get to take any photos last year at Oshkosh. I only figured out where your plane was after the first night of the STOL competition and later that night I received an emergency call from home and drove home through the night. Missed talking about your engine and modifications. Very disappointed. Such is life. Hopefully I will have better luck this year. Joe B
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby AV8R Paul » Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:59 am

Since Steve said he used the modified Ailerons on his last three Highlanders, I went and looked at his Web Sited Build photos. He’s got a really good photo of the flaps in construction & the ailerons. One has a fiberglass leading edge that is rounded, the other has a leading edge with an Aluminum leading edge. It looks like he bent the leading edge to the desired shape, and the bent aluminum wouldn’t need a false spar. If you go down about half way through the pictures you can find the photos. There is also a couple of good photos showing the mounting & positioning of the Leading Edge.
http://www.wildwestaircraft.com/galleri ... g-the-new/
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby moving2time » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:34 am

Just blasted through the hundreds of photos I have on my compute. Clearly one thing I was confused about was the false spar. While going through the SS photos, I found that I thought the false spar on the SS wing was curved to match the movement of the pointed leading edge of the aileron. After review I see that the false spar in front of the aileron is flat not curved and the flaps have the curved false spar for the newer flap geometry on the SS. So that answers the false spar question on the Highlander which appears to be flat the entire length of the wing.

I did find one photo in Steve's 2016 build photos that shows the modified aileron using a bent metal leading edge instead of the molded leading edge that comes with the kit. Looks like a fairly simple modification to the aileron. Crazy thing, in all the photos I have taken in my collection and in all the others that people have posted of their build, almost all of these photos of the wing or control surfaces that show the false spar at all were focused on the area in front of the flap. Virtually no detailed photos of the aileron area of the wing with the false spar installed. Just coincidence but surprising. Joe B
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Re: Wild West Aircraft

Postby taildrgfun » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:37 am

Back when I had my Superstol I was extremely disappointed with it until I squared off that curved area in front of the flaps. It just always really bothered me how it felt like it was dragging its tail through the air all the time. Like it never quite wanted to get up on the step. Every Superstol that I ever flew was the same way too, it was not just mine. With it squared off it feels more like you’re flying in cruise with one notch of flaps but without the drag of having one nach of flaps in.
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