Pitch Autopilot

I went ahead and installed the pitch Autopilot.  Garmin sent a solid aluminum rod and it first had to be cut to size.  Then it needed a hole in the middle of it and then it had to be tapped to accept the fitting.  At first I couldn’t figure out how to drill the hole centered in the rod and Van’s suggestion was to use a lathe.  Perfect!  But that’s probably the only tool I don’t own, so I put the rod in a wooden block, clamped it on the drill press and carefully drilled the hole.  It worked perfectly.  Oddly enough the roll install kit comes with a rod that is already threaded.  If this didn’t work, I was going to order an additional rod and use it on the pitch, but it worked great.  Another skill learned!

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