Last Minute Surprise!

by Patrick on December 22, 2010

For some reason tonight I decided it would be a good idea to pull the cowling off of Charlie Banana and take one last look.  I changed the oil Sunday night, but I don’t have to remove the cowling for that.  I pulled the spark plugs and cleaned them and looked inside the cylinders just out of curiosity.  Everything looked great!  I broke out the flashlight and started looking at odds and ends and then I saw something that caught my eye.  The bolt that holds the generator on looked like it was about to fall off.  Remember, I have only owned Charlie Banana for 3 weeks and I’ve never done an annual on her so I’m not all that familiar yet, but this didn’t look right.  After a little more investigation I quickly realized the bolt had sheared off, it probably would have held the generator on just long enough for us to get out of the country!   The bolt on the left is supposed to look like the bolt on the right.  For you airplane nerds out there it is an AN5-12.

Needless to say this had to be fixed ASAP.  Luckily, I ordered an aircraft mechanic’s hardware kit last week because I’ve been caught like this before, and you can’t run down to the hardware store and buy aircraft hardware.  For you non-airplane nerds every nut, bolt, washer, screw, etc on an airplane is supposed to meet a mil-spec.  On top of that the threading is different than automotive so it won’t work even if you try.

I have decided to pack a hardware kit on the trip along with my tool kit.  I will post about this tomorrow.

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Bill Booth December 22, 2010 at 5:51 am

Err, if this bolt has sheared – doesn’t that put ALL other bolts / fixings in doubt??
Something to think about when you’re at 10,000 feet . . .


Becky a/k/a "The Mom & Aunt Becky" December 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Do you really have to put any more stress on Aunt Becky than she already has??? Please, please get that “annual” done between now and Dec 25! I love you all!!


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