|If you fly for very long you will quickly realize the importance of locking your control surfaces when leaving the plane outdoors. Finally we have a solution. The AirGizmos Gust Locks are designed to quickly lock virtually any control surface securely. Its bright color and integrated flag reminds you to remove before flight. The rubber cushions ensure that your finish will be protected. They are lightweight and portable. Perfect for carrying in the plane wherever you go.|
I have been looking for years for a suitable rudder lock for my RV8 and this product has solved my rudder lock problem perfectly. I would highly recommend this. Easy to use, great non-slip surface which has yet to scratch my paint and ensures that my rudder stays locked when the plane is tied down outside. The bright red flag makes it impossible to miss on a walk around, so for me there is no chance of taking off with it still engaged. Thank you Airgizmos for another elegant solution.
Just received these gust locks well built easy to put on and take off, work well so far very light weight and the long strap is good signal they are on. i have them on ailerons and tail feathers of my maule.
I have been using these for about a year now and I am very satisfied.
Awesome and well built. A tad uncertain as to how well the lock mechanism will hold, it doesnâ€™t seem to lock up as tightly as expected, so Iâ€™m holding off on giving them 5 stars... but to be honest, they are holding well so far and Iâ€™ve had them on through 3 days of winds gusting in the 40 range.
So glad to have this after installing G5s, regular control lock doesnt fit. Not 5 stars since it came with the strap 90 degrees off, and had to be popped open and snapped back with great difficulty. I got it off and took to my young mechanic to get it snapped back together.
Agree with the other comments, and would add that the lock has a tendency to come off in rain/mist. I do have fabric control surfaces, though, which makes things more slippery. With that all said, I am reordering 2 new ones right now after the last 2 broke because of wear. Those lasted me two years.
Hey Bob, look in Accessories..they DO have the replacement straps.for the locks...or so it says...Cheers!
I have found these gust locks do the job as advertised. I had heard of them becoming loose in windy conditions but I have never experienced this and mine have held in some terrible conditions. Like Robert I am disappointed in the life of the straps, they just fell to pieces. Being in Australia I try to purchase all my supplies from one place to keep the shipping charges down but I see A/Spruce do not stock the replacement straps for these locks, disappointing!!!
I have one of these gust locks for my RV-7. I found that it does not grip the strap well. I threaded the strap thru the unit in different manners, there are only about 3 ways the strap can be installed. Not sure what the manufacturers intent is, I found one way that worked the best. That word being relative. The over-centering camlike lever has no teeth in it to grip the strap. The end result is like Dod F and Jeremiah have stated: The lock loses it grip. I spend about 3-5 minutes getting the gust lock installed, trying to get it tight, what should take 1 minute. I really cant see how they would have designed this unit without teeth, or a better cam to grab the strap better. The rest of the unit seems to be of high quality, hopefully the mfg reads customer reviews and goes back and redesigns the unit.
These are good for light use applications. Once you figure out how to take all slack out they clamp like nothing else. However, in our application with a large membership and multiple flights this has proven to not be made for heavier use. We purchased 3 of these for 3 different C-152's (rudder applications)and all have failed within a year. Total use between the 3 aircraft was about 650 hours. The plastic clamps have broken and the webbing, as stated, breaks down quickly. Not saying that it's a bad product. I just would not recommend this item for heavier use.
Yes, these are universal and will work great with the aircraft you mentioned.
Per AirGizmos: Yes, this will work on an RV rudder just fine. The best place to install this is at the top at the counterweight. On an RV-10 you may need a step stool to reach that high.
The strap orientation cannot be rotated.
These gust locks are not aircraft specific but they should work fine. They fit most general aviation aircraft and the Cessna 182 is a common model and should be a good fit for these locks.
No, these come as two halves as pictured.
This is universal and should work fine with the Mooney M20C.
We do not believe they would as they are not used while the aircraft is in use, like pitot covers, or cowl plugs. However, we always recommend confirming with an A&P whenever using or installing any item to a certified aircraft.