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Stabilator Question For The Gurus  
User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1661 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

I am tasked with finding out what a stabilator is and I don't mean the CONTROL SURFACE that everyone is familiar with, but something like a FLIGHT INSTRUMENT from the early days of aviation, say the 20's.

I have done some google searches but everything always pops up as the control surface.

I asked some mechanics as well and they can't recall such a thing.

Can anyone help me out? I figure there are thousands of years of combined experience here on the website, someone is surely going to know.

Thanks!


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User currently offlinetdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
I am tasked with finding out what a stabilator is and I don't mean the CONTROL SURFACE that everyone is familiar with, but something like a FLIGHT INSTRUMENT from the early days of aviation, say the 20's.

What's the source that's asking? In other words, what's the context for referring to a stabilator that *doesn't* mean the control surface?

The closest thing I know about is a flight display to show stabilator position, but that probably isn't what you're talking about.

Tom.


User currently offlineAKiss20 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 651 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

This is a real WAG, but could it be something related to an AOA sensor? AOA sensor sorta looks like a mini stabilator...


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User currently offlinezeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 9229 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2438 times:

Quoting flanker (Thread starter):
I am tasked with finding out what a stabilator is and I don't mean the CONTROL SURFACE that everyone is familiar with, but something like a FLIGHT INSTRUMENT from the early days of aviation, say the 20's.

The early Sperry autopilots were called a gyro stabiliser apparatus, early flight article http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1915/1915%20-%200075.html



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User currently offline737tdi From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 933 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
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I am thinking that the question is about floats and hulls. I.E. Seaplanes. I have zero experience with seaplanes but something here rings a bell. Of course this isn't a flight instrument but if we are talking "20s" float and seaplanes were the plane of the day. Just a guess.

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