P&D Enterprises has introduced the Rib Alignment Tool (R.A.T. Tool), which has been specifically designed to enable aircraft mechanics to perform fast and accurate repairs to damaged flap, aileron and elevator ribs.
“Whether it’s a result of ‘hangar rash’, mishandling or just wear and tear, the majority of all general aviation aircraft have some type of misalignment damage to their control surfaces,” said Dan Harris, CEO and inventor of the R.A.T. Tool. “While this type of damage is prevalent in all aircraft, it’s especially problematic in high-wing Cessnas. From what I’ve seen, I’d say about 80% of these aircraft have some level of control surface damage.”
“While it’s hard to see, this type of damage results in changes to the airflow and will have a noticeable impact on the aircraft’s performance including its airspeed and control responsiveness,” he added. “The R.A.T. Tool is a fast and inexpensive way for pilots to get back the performance they’ve lost.”
The R.A.T. Tool uses two outside manipulating rods and two inside stationary rods. Once correctly inserted into the trailing edge of the control surface ribs, it’s a three-step process to straighten and align the ribs.
For more information: RATTool.com or 864-949-6666.