Flap and Aileron seals

Flap and Aileron seals

Has anybody fitted flap and aileron seals on a D model 172? I was wondering if you get much change, I'm happy enough with the slow speed handling. They say you get better rate of climb and slifghtly better cruise.

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Re: Flap and Aileron seals

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I've installed the flap gap seals. Customer said he got 200 feet a minute improvement. ??? I can't verify because I did not participate in a before and after flight test and do not know the enviromental conditions. A local pilot who is also an A&P installed them on his 172. He noticed a similar improvement in climb performance and a very slight improvement in cruise, however his mod was done in conjunction with engine major.
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You should notice better handling at flare and landing - it isn't the kind of thing that shows up in cruise numbers but is a definate improvement, and increases safety.

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I've been thinking of installing flap seals on my 150F and would like to hear more from Cessna owners about their take, on whether the expense and weight penalty make them worth it.

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What brand did you install ? and how long did it Take ?
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I've decided not to fit any, the Aircraft is a nice light one and I'm quite happy the way it performs at low speed. Hav'nt got many actual glowing reports so when in doubt leave it stock.

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Re: Flap and Aileron seals

I installed flap gap seals on my 172L last year and did NOT notice any significant improvement.

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