TupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2210 posts, RR: 25 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2426 times:
I realise that some of my queries may seem stupid and that I'm getting far too worried about nothing, but I have found some unnerving sights whilst conducting my pre-flight walk-arounds of the PA-38. Many may be superficial, but worrying nonetheless. My question to you engineers and maintenance personnel are highlighted below, these are issues that are the same every time I fly the aircraft, and maybe one day they won't do any good. For example...
Whilst ensuring the trimmer is operational, some loud groaning sounds can be heard whilst switching from fully aft to fully fwd.
Small and worn down dents are evident on the leading edges of the propeller blades.
A panel that covers the fuselage and base of the Vertical stabilizer is wobbly.
These are just a few of the things that slightly worry me, and as I've said earlier, I've done 15 hours in the aircraft and i'm still alive and well. Are these "Problems" problems at all? Or can these issues be found amongst hundreds of other airworthy GA aircraft?
Thanks for any help in advance. Those new DA40's are looking more attractive every time I fly
Ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
Personally, the throttle friction nut isn't a problem if you can still freely move the throttle, but in the checklist you do need to set it to finger tight for take off, then loose after landing. If it's tight enough on take off, i don't really see the problem but on/after landing you don't need much power anyway because you have to ride the brakes once you get it going.
The rest, i would be a little worried about though. Take it up with your FBO especially the groaning trim wheel and rust on the undercarriage. Don't really want an uncontrollable plane at 2000 feet, or a wheel snapping off on landing. Oh and as well, the security of the light on the exterior are a part of the checklist so that's definitely a worry.
Then again, i'm probably not the best person to ask because i only have 4 hours in a tomahawk.
That is the gelcoat on the fiberglass cracking, not uncommon in older aircraft, especially hard working ones like trainers. Keep in mind that spot right there is very close to all the waves coming off the prop and the vibrations off the engine. So a lot is happening right there.
There are definately set standards for how big of nick is allowed before you have to redress the prop. A nick can be a stress riser and a crack can proprograte from that point causing eventual failure of the blade. But that being said it is amazing how nicked a blade can be or how much can actually be removed when dressing one. Can I assume that since you live in the UK you have never seen an airplane that has operated off gravel? It is amazing how beat up those props get.
Screwed on or does it use quarter turn fasteners. Again, you are simply not going to get a very tight fit on a panel if it uses quarter turns and there is a rubber gasket behind it...it is going to wiggle a bit.
TupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2210 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2389 times:
Quoting L-188 (Reply 2): That one does bother me a bit more because it is a primary control, but I would be more worried about it binding the control.
It's never worked in this particular aircraft (G-BVHM). I've never had a problem with unwanted throttle movements.
Quoting L-188 (Reply 2): A little surface rust probably isn't unexpected either, especially if you live near the coast. There should be standards for the aircraft set by the manufacturer on how much is allowed.
The aircraft is parked about 100m away from a river mouth on the coast, so I guess that's understandable. I never took that into consideration!
Quoting L-188 (Reply 2): Can I assume that since you live in the UK you have never seen an airplane that has operated off gravel? It is amazing how beat up those props get.
Can't say I have.
Quoting L-188 (Reply 2): Friends don't let Friends fly fiberglass
Exactly what my instructor has said many times
Thanks for your very informative reply L-188. Has put my mind at ease, and for that I am very grateful!