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There has been a snag in the repair process

59H's engine mount-nose gear had a mistake in its fabrication, and another one is expected to be received this week. There are adjustable stops in the nose gear that limit how far the nose wheel can turn, and one of the stops was out of position and at the wrong angle and could not be adjusted properly.

The nose gear is on the critical path now, because it has to be installed so that the plane can be towed to a different hangar where they can paint the plate that was riveted over the dent on the bottom of the cabin and the fork that supports the nose wheel.

Surprisingly (to us and to the mechanics as well), it turns out that the bent prop can be straightened. It is currently at the prop shop, with no estimated time for it to get shipped back to us.

So that's that. We're getting out of the good flying weather anyway.

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planegirl
Nov. 16th, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
Wow. I have never heard of unbending a prop and reusing it before!! Something new everyday...
szasz
Nov. 16th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think the idea of that is making me more nervous than how they're repairing the engine mounts by sawzalling off the bent sections and welding on new ones. I know in theory welds are even stronger than the metal they're joining together, but I keep worrying that the engine is going to hit some particular vibration harmonic some day and something is going to go all China Syndrome on me.
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