Thanks Mike. You know, I didnt know that standard procedure was to turn it off in rough conditions. But my mindset was created as follows, when I bought that plane, i asked my EAA chapter president, and experienced builder aviator, about getting an electric horizon in case of an unexpected loss of visibility, top stay right side up and fly out of it. he suggested why not go right to an autopilot, I didnt give it much more though and went with it. Installing it and having it work first try was a real achievement. I am careful and weather-respecting, so never had that contingency (or even come close). But when I eventually have a KR, I always thought that an AP would be the safety net for such a loss of visibility situation. When this cheaper trim tab solution came up here, I wondered if it would have the authority needed to be that safety net.
Now you've got me questioning the original premise although an AP certainly could help if visibility became an issue with not so much rough air. As to the other part about stressing the plane, at least in the case of a KR, they are pretty tough and in any case there is always staying below maneuvering speed in which mode supposedly then plane cannot be broken with control inputs. That's why I love this group, I learn new things with each post! _______________________________________________ Search the KRnet Archives at https://firstname.lastname@example.org/. Please see LIST RULES and KRnet info at http://www.krnet.org/info.html. see http://list.krnet.org/mailman/listinfo/krnet_list.krnet.org to change options. To UNsubscribe from KRnet, send a message to krnet-le...@list.krnet.org