September 21, 1995
Elevator Idler Bell crank Mounting Bolt
Models 1, 2, and 3 Only
SkyStar Aircraft Engineering
have received two reports of Kitfox™ owners experiencing failures of
the bolt which attaches the elevator idler bell crank to the fuselage.
One occurred during takeoff rotation and the pilot was able to abort the
takeoff. The other happened during flight, however, and the pilot was
able to control the pitch of the aircraft by reflexing the flaperons.
Fortunately, thanks to the quick thinking and skill of both pilots, no
injuries or damage to the aircraft resulted in either incident.
continued operation of your aircraft, replace this bolt with a
new AN3-15 bolt, lubricating it generously prior to installation. Also,
avoid over-tightening the nut when installing it on the bolt.
to the critical nature of this component, continue to replace this bolt
after every 50 hours of flight.
you have any questions regarding this bolt, please contact our Technical
Support Department at 208-454-1443.