The balance margin is so narrow that unbalancing could result from repainting the ruddervators
without rebalancing afterward.
[delta] = [[[[delta].sub.th], [[delta].sub.ar], [[delta].sub.al], [[delta].sub.fr], [[delta].sub.fl], [[delta].sub.er], [[delta].sub.el]].sup.T] is the control input vector, which includes the throttle, the right aileron, and left one, similarly, followed by flaps, the ruddervators
(V inverted tails).
The US Navy's MQ-4C Triton differs from the RQ-4B basically in equipment, but the wing and "ruddervators
" are modified to avoid flutter at the relatively high airspeeds used in descending to low altitude to investigate surface contacts.
A boom operator, sitting in the old tail gunner's position, could actually "fly" it via a small wings termed "ruddervators
." The receiver aircraft maneuvered behind the tanker and flew formation; the boomer would then fly his probe into the other aircraft's receptacle.
Going back to Bonanzas for an example, the V-tail models have a push rod actuating the ruddervators
. The "normal"-tail versions use a similar linkage.
Recent tests have focused on natural icing trials, which have led Cirrus to add a pneumatic de-icing boot with a urethane material on the leading edges of the wings and ruddervators
, as well a bleed air system for the electrically heated engine inlet for ice shedding.
are the primary control surfaces for both pitch and yaw and are made of aluminum, and each has a large trailing edge pitch trim tab.
The balance margin is so narrow that unbalance could--and has--resulted from repainting the ruddervators
without rebalancing afterwards.
The two major variations of "ruddervators
" resulted in final ADs, one for 1947-1950 models and the other for subsequent models.
In a world where a Cirrus CA.PS parachute repack starts at $10,000 and reskinning a couple of ruddervators
on your Bonanza can be breathtaking, spending around $40,000 to get what amounts to a zero-time airframe, plus modern urethane paint that.
Biggs Aircraft in Oklahoma specializes in Barons and Bonanzas, including the V-tails, whose ruddervators
need precise balancing.
The big news here was the engine: The C33A was fitted with the V35 Bonanza's 285 HP Continental IO-520-B/BA, making it for all intents and purposes a straight-tailed Bonanza (although Bonanza purists maintain a "straight-tail" Bonanza is one of the early V-tail models, with narrow-chord ruddervators