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.
Cracks can be found running from the Spinner across to the intakes.
Anti-collision lights are wobbly.
Throttle friction nut is inoperable
Rust is evident on the Undercarriage leg/fairing.
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