153 – A Flying and Maintenance Adventure at Ravenswood WV

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By Dean Showalter. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Josh recently purchased his 1963 Beechcraft Debonair and needed some help, so I flew to his airport and spent the good part of a day with him. We replaced a broken exhaust support angle on the right exhaust tailpipe, and then we took a good look around the airplane.

It surprised me when we discovered missing cotter pins in the left and right main landing gear uplock cable clevis bolts.

Toward the end of our time that day, we borescoped the exhaust valves, and they were all in very good condition. Here’s the exhaust valve in cylinder #1:

This is the appearance of a very healthy exhaust valve.

I flew the little Cessna 150 home and got it tied down before dark… what an adventure!

If you’d like to talk about the possibility of having me come to YOUR AIRPORT for some consulting and training on your airplane, send me an email, and we can set up a time to talk. Even if it’s across the country, I can hop on the airlines if necessary. Don’t hesitate to contact me, and we can make a plan.

Contact me at dean{at}airplaneownermaintenance{dot}com.


Final tip for today: Check your ignition switch and make sure you cannot remove the key unless it’s in the “OFF” position… watch for the condition in the following video, which is VERY DANGEROUS if the key is removed with one or both mags on, and the prop is rotated!


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