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Frequently asked questions
What is the most commonly installed dual yoke and wheel configuration installation?
How do I know if my control wheel is a new one or an old one?
The introduction of the 'new' wheels was in late 1967 starting with D-8336 and after. Many of the older aircraft have been upgraded along the way to accommodate the avionics which are now available. The wheel grips have ample room to install push-to-talk switches, auto-pilot disconnects, trim switch, map lights etc. The center cavity allows the installation of digital chronometers. The easiest way to determine if a large wheel is installed is to look for the three screws that attach it to a triangular plate on the back mounting surface of the control wheel.
Can I reuse my control wheel?
Yes, as long as it is the large Ram's style wheel. You can supply your own wheels and purchase only the control arm.
Will my existing control wheel, match in color to the Cygnet control wheel?
Depending on which version Beech wheel is presently installed, there may be a slight variation in color. The earlier Beech wheels that have the cracking and peeling type coating tend to be a little on the gray side. The later Beech coatings are the same materials used by Cygnet, and match very well.
How long will it take to install the dual yoke and new wheel?
The basic installation is roughly an hour or less. If you already have a large control wheel on the pilot's side, and you aren't changing or modifying any of the avionics, then this wheel will simply be removed and reinstalled on the new dual control. If installing two wheels with the dual control additional time will be required to address avionics specific to that aircraft. Consult your avionics shop or aviation maintenance technician for an estimate for your specific aircraft.
Does the installation require an A&P Mechanic?
Is a 337 required to install a dual control?
No. The dual control is FAA-PMA, direct replacement part. Other installed components may require a 337. Please check with your mechanic.
Can I reuse my aileron trim?
My aileron trim is not working. What's going on?
The early aileron trimmers have a poor method of spring retention. This makes repair of these early trimmers very difficult. What often happens is the spring and retention is a dimple in the inner diameter. When the spring is over tightened and jumps out, it creates a groove that when reinstalled, will cause it to easily jump out and fail again. The new trimmers have a broached slot and a slightly different style spring end, preventing the problem with the earlier trimmers.
Where can I get parts for my aileron trim?
If your parts are broken or worn out, you will be further ahead spending the extra money and purchasing a new trimmer. The actual parts are very difficult to locate. Raytheon no longer stocks individual parts for the trimmer.
Do you have products in stock?
Yes, we have Cygnet Aerospace products in stock. Many of our parts are assembled, packaged and ready to go. With our location on the West Coast, we can often ship the same day, if you call us before lunchtime PST.