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Old July 22nd 19, 11:39 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Hello, I fly a 1979 Nimbus 2 carbon, and since a few years I hear a cracking noise behind me. That noise occurs more often after a few hours of flight, maybe related to temperature change with altitude. You can hear the cracking noise in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pke-...ature=youtu.be

Did you already hear that noise? how do you think I can fix this ? do you think it is dangerous?

Thank you for help and advice
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Old July 22nd 19, 12:22 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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It may be as simple as your fiberglass seat back rubbing against some part of the fuselage interior. Can you duplicate the sound while sitting in the cockpit on the ground?
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Old July 22nd 19, 01:22 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Le lundi 22 juillet 2019 13:22:57 UTC+2, a √©crit¬*:
It may be as simple as your fiberglass seat back rubbing against some part of the fuselage interior. Can you duplicate the sound while sitting in the cockpit on the ground?


I don't think it is the seat back, no sound while sittin in the cockpit on the ground. Maybe I will try with somebody else moving /shaking the wingtip while sitting on the ground to check if I can hear that noise...
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Old July 22nd 19, 02:04 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Another possible source of the noise might be the wing spars rubbing against each other. My Pegase made that sound, and then just to try to isolate it, I put a very light coat of cooking oil on any part of the spar that looked like it had been rubbed. Creaking noise was gone immediately, so I quit worrying about it.
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Old July 22nd 19, 02:23 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Sounds like the wings are about to come off.

Kidding, I would be looking for signs of rubbing anywhere. Canopy is always a good place to start as they expand and contract the most.
Spars are a possibility.
Seat back.
After that the options become less. Good luck hunting

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Old July 22nd 19, 02:27 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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At 10:39 22 July 2019, gregv wrote:
Hello, I fly a 1979 Nimbus 2 carbon, and since a few years I hear a
cracking noise behind me. That noise occurs more often after a few

hours of
flight, maybe related to temperature change with altitude. You can

hear the
cracking noise in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pke-...ature=youtu.be

Did you already hear that noise? how do you think I can fix this ? do

you
think it is dangerous?

Thank you for help and advice

Possible rubbing of the canopy frame? The plastic canopy will
shrink when the temperature falls after flying for a while, especially
at higher altitudes in the mountains. You may only be able to
replicate the noise on the ground in cooler temperatures.

RO

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Old July 22nd 19, 03:07 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Likely the canopy or spar. Clean the canopy rail and the area where it touches on the fuselage. A light coat of wax or a very thin open cell foam seal may help on the canopy. Check the spar for rubbing and wax any possibility areas.
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Old July 22nd 19, 03:29 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:39:11 AM UTC-4, gregv wrote:
Hello, I fly a 1979 Nimbus 2 carbon, and since a few years I hear a cracking noise behind me.


Count your blessings. I have a howling banshee in my tail boom.
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Old July 22nd 19, 04:01 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Le lundi 22 juillet 2019 16:07:24 UTC+2, Tim Taylor a √©crit¬*:
Likely the canopy or spar. Clean the canopy rail and the area where it touches on the fuselage. A light coat of wax or a very thin open cell foam seal may help on the canopy. Check the spar for rubbing and wax any possibility areas.


ok thanks, I think it is spar related, I will wax and check for rubbing
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Old July 22nd 19, 04:41 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Monday, July 22, 2019 at 4:01:58 PM UTC+1, gregv wrote:
Le lundi 22 juillet 2019 16:07:24 UTC+2, Tim Taylor a √©crit¬*:
Likely the canopy or spar. Clean the canopy rail and the area where it touches on the fuselage. A light coat of wax or a very thin open cell foam seal may help on the canopy. Check the spar for rubbing and wax any possibility areas.


ok thanks, I think it is spar related, I will wax and check for rubbing


I used to have a Nimbus 2c. It was a long time ago but I still remember what I think is the same cracking sound you are describing. Quite loud and sharp. It never bothered me. Like you I thought it came from the spar stub area when there was a bit of turbulence.
 




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