Executive Associates at the Wiley Post Airport in Bethany, Okla., is introducing four new Control Locks for PiperSport and SportCruisers, all Van’s Aircraft, except the RV8/8A, and nearly every other plane with a control stick, according to company officials.
The new control lock is designed to protect the ailerons and elevator from being damaged by the wind or being blasted by another airplane while parked outside. The new control lock weighs 3.5 ounces and is made of aluminum, anodized bright red. It locks the control stick with the controls in the neutral position, eliminating the need to secure them with the seat belt. This is accomplished by special miniature quick release locking pins on the underside of the instrument panel that can only be released by the pilot. When not being used it collapses and can be stowed out of the way.
The new control lock sells for $44.