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Old July 27th 09, 05:41 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
D Ramapriya
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Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.

Thanks,

Ramapriya
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Old July 27th 09, 05:52 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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D Ramapriya wrote:
Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.

Thanks,

Ramapriya


Of course -- that's why pre-flight inspections exist!

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Old July 27th 09, 05:52 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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"D Ramapriya" wrote in message
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Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.

Thanks,

Ramapriya



Leaking brake caliper along with one of the brake linings worn completely
down to the back plate :-)

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Old July 27th 09, 06:14 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default On pre-flight inspections

On Sun, 26 Jul 2009 21:41:07 -0700 (PDT), D Ramapriya
wrote:

Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.

Thanks,

Ramapriya


yes. carb heat came out way too far in the hand. the butterfly
actuator arm had fatigue failed of the end of the pivot shaft.
(poor design that had lasted 23 years in service)

dont stop doing them. years of successful action does not predict the
onset of a fatigue problem.
Stealth Pilot
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Old July 27th 09, 06:46 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Dudley Henriques[_2_]
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On Jul 27, 12:41*am, D Ramapriya wrote:
Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.

Thanks,

Ramapriya


Yes; a stuffed bear in the carb intake duct. Removed bear, made
flight.
DH
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Old July 27th 09, 06:59 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
D Ramapriya
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On Jul 27, 9:14*am, Stealth Pilot
wrote:

yes. carb heat came out way too far in the hand. the butterfly
actuator arm had fatigue failed of the end of the pivot shaft.
(poor design that had lasted 23 years in service)



If something lasted 23 years of continuous service, poor design it
certainly can't be, what?


years of successful action does not predict the
onset of a fatigue problem.
Stealth Pilot



Yep, that's the nature of the fatigue beast. I've known it in my own
industry (construction) for yonks.

Ramapriya
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Old July 27th 09, 07:03 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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On Jul 27, 9:46*am, Dudley Henriques wrote:
On Jul 27, 12:41*am, D Ramapriya wrote:

Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.


Thanks,


Ramapriya


Yes; a stuffed bear in the carb intake duct. Removed bear, made
flight.
DH



Probably sucked in during post-landing taxi to the apron from the
previous flight?

Ramapriya
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Old July 27th 09, 07:36 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Dudley Henriques[_2_]
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On Jul 27, 2:03*am, D Ramapriya wrote:
On Jul 27, 9:46*am, Dudley Henriques wrote:

On Jul 27, 12:41*am, D Ramapriya wrote:


Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.


Thanks,


Ramapriya


Yes; a stuffed bear in the carb intake duct. Removed bear, made
flight.
DH


Probably sucked in during post-landing taxi to the apron from the
previous flight?

Ramapriya


Nope. Saw the child who did it, although didn't actually see him do
it. He was being carried by his father on the line at one of our show
sites in 1971. Have used the incident in a hundred safety lectures on
pre-flights. I had preflighted the airplane for my next display and
had run across the ramp to grab a coke from a snack wagon. Saw the man
and his kid before I left. Came back and re-preflighted the airplane
again because it was out of my direct sight since I had done the last
one.
Caught the bear in the carb tunnel on the second preflight.
Rule number ONE for display pilots, and for all pilots for that matter
as far as I'm concerned anyway! ANYTIME the airplane is out of your
sight for ANY reason after you have done a preflight inspection, do it
again!
Dudley Henriques
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Old July 27th 09, 08:04 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Ron Garret
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D Ramapriya wrote:

Has any of you has ever discovered something during the pre-flight
inspection that necessitated a significant deferrment of your flight
plan or a cancelation altogether? Just curious, that's all.


Depends on what counts as "significant deferrment" and what counts as
"pre-flight". I've been delayed by an hour or so a couple of times, and
had to cancel once because of a rough engine during the run-up (turned
out to be lead fouling on the plugs, but we didn't find that out until
the following day). The delays were caused by a sheared bolt on a wheel
faring, and prop nick that had to be filed down. Those are the ones I
can remember offhand.

rg
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Old July 27th 09, 08:13 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
D Ramapriya
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Default On pre-flight inspections

On Jul 27, 10:36*am, Dudley Henriques wrote:

Probably sucked in during post-landing taxi to the apron from the
previous flight?


Ramapriya


Nope. Saw the child who did it, although didn't actually see him do
it. He was being carried by his father on the line at one of our show
sites in 1971. Have used the incident in a hundred safety lectures on
pre-flights. I had preflighted the airplane for my next display and
had run across the ramp to grab a coke from a snack wagon. Saw the man
and his kid before I left. Came back and re-preflighted the airplane
again because it was out of my direct sight since I had done the last
one.
Caught the bear in the carb tunnel on the second preflight.
Rule number ONE for display pilots, and for all pilots for that matter
as far as I'm concerned anyway! ANYTIME the airplane is out of your
sight for ANY reason after you have done a preflight inspection, do it
again!
Dudley Henriques



Nice story

If only the two pilots on that fateful Aeroperu 603 had done one, 70
souls + an entire company + a nice 757 would all still have been alive
and functional.

Ramapriya
 




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