Static balancing controls is always a safe addition to the plane, but is still 
an addition of weight.  

It's probably worth noting that the plans do not call for static balancing the 
elevator.  I have flight tested the original design elevator to 225 mph IAS 
with no indication that it might flutter.  I have the newer designed stab and 
elevator on my plane now and have flight tested it to 215 mph IAS and 225 TAS, 
also with no indication of a desire to flutter.  Both tails have been flown 
well in excess of the designed VNE.  As far as I know, there has never been an 
incident of flutter in the elevator of a KR with either tail design.  I should 
probably note that I have pushrod controls from the stick to the elevator, so 
there is no slack in the elevator control.

I was going to add counterbalances to my elevator when I built the new tail on 
my KR, but just couldn't bring myself to add more weight to the plane, so 
didn't.  I'm not going to criticize anyone for adding a counterbalance to the 
elevator, but realize that it's there to make you feel good as flight testing 
has never shown a need for it on the KR.

-Jeff Scott
Los Alamos, NM

> At 09:34 AM 5/21/2014, you wrote:
> >What is the objective, to center the elevator with no stick input?
> >Larry Bell
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> The objective of balancing any control surface is to eliminate 
> flutter, not to "center" a control surface.
> Larry Flesner 

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