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Feature Article: Tie Down
Given a choice of where to tie down, always face into the wind.
A crosswind tie down means that the aircraft will be trying to
weather vane into the wind thus creating side loads on the landing
gear. The rudder is the most easily damaged control surface. Cessna
rudders will flop and bang in the wind unless exterior gust locks
Since hydraulic systems can be influenced and damaged by external
heat it is not a good idea to park with the parking brake locked
on. Freezing weather may freeze the brake pads to the brake disk,
If the ropes or chains are supplied at fixed anchor points
it is best to have about 45 degree angles to the aircraft tiedown
ring. If the ropes or chains slide on a cable they should be vertical
to the aircraft. A tight rope is standard but it will lift the
cable and poise a hazard to foot traffic. Chains usually have
two hooks. The end hook goes into the aircraft tiedown eye and
the other hook is used to shorten the chain. Ropes require that
you become familiar with tying a bowline or half hitch.
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