Topic-icon ATA 27-13, Aileron LVDT Replacement

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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 3 months ago #219 by Mark D Francis
Inbound write-up of a "Single Auto-Pilot" and "Single Land" Level 1 warnings. The #1 A/P would not engage.

A flight fault review showed a Left Inboard Aileron fault of "AIL ACT-LIB".

A FCC #1 return to service test for just the ailerons showed "AIL MOD LVDT-LIB".

There are two LVDT's installed in each type of flight control actuator: elevator, aileron, and rudder. One is the RAM LVDT which is "not" line replaceable. A failure of this component is a actuator change. The MOD LVDT "is" line replaceable. (It's actually easier to change the damn thing than to install a M.E.L. on the auto-pilot system.)

View with access panel down.




A little closer shot. Rod end can be seen protruding at end of housing.




Four Allen screws.... and off she pops. The screws are "not" safety wired.
The AMM does not mention changing the movable rod. I never have and I would be concerned about placing any type of tool on it to loosen it up.

All previous changes of just the outer housing have performed correctly.




Old housing with (unused) new rod.



A return to service test after LVDT housing replaced was normal.

MD-11 AMM 27-13-24-4
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4 years 4 months ago - 4 years 4 months ago #220 by Mark D Francis
A nice explanation of LVDT's can be found here .
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3 years 1 month ago #435 by Mike Forti
Great info Mark! Looks easy to R&R.

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