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NEVER AGAIN

again would we make the preflight rounds
without checking the gear!
You know what happens next: The
engine has to be torn down looking for
damage. Months later it was returned to
us and everything was fine-until one of
the owners noticed a few drops of oil on
the hangar floor.
"Probably just a nut that needs tightening," said our friend at the Salinas FBO.
"Fly her down, have lunch, and we'll send
you on your way."
After a thorough preflight (including checking safety wires on the gear) we
headed south to Salinas, had lunch, and
returned to find the cowl off the 182 and
two techs with flashlights looking in.
"What's the trouble?" we asked.
"Ah, someone at the rebuild facility forgot to torque the nuts that hold
the engine cases together. Look, you can
unscrew them by hand."
Once again, you could have heard a
pin drop (oh, I used that cliché already),
while Dan and I contemplated a gearup landing in the Pacific Ocean with the
engine departing the airplane in pieces to
the left and right.
Months later, the airplane was back at
San Rafael. We were considering another
flight with two admonitions fresh in
our minds: Never again trust the POH
as the only requirement for preflighting the airplane, and never again trust
some well-meaning tech to tear down the
engine and almost completely put it back
together.
AOPA
RON WREN is an advertising and public

relations professional who learned to fly
at age 60 when an FBO client said, "How
can you help my business if you don't
take some lessons?" He and his pinchhitter wife, Jan, live in Walnut Creek,
California.
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