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Date:  2-4-2009
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Ailerons - Cleco Skins Fix Issue

My brother said, "have you determined that if you take the clecoes out of the rib, the skin won't straighten?" No I hadn't. So I removed the clecoes around the skin to rib and sure enough the skin straightened and fit fine. The holes between skin and rib are off a little, probably because my bend is not exactly the same as the CAD model and so the holes miss alighn slightly. But after I clamped and match drilled them they all fit fine. You can see the photo below the holes mis aligns about 1/32 in. Match drilling, carefully, fixed this issue. I clamped the rib to skin with clecoe clamps and carefully drilled the holes at high speed with very little force so I wouldn't disturb the perfect trailing edge.
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Skins fine without clecoes to rib

Skins fine without clecoes to rib

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Holes miss aligned a little

Holes miss aligned a little

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Clamp and match drill will fix it.

Clamp and match drill will fix it.

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