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 Post subject: Bad day in the Mk I
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:58 am 
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I had just done my first engine rebuild after a steep learning curve and several flights where most things went well except for occasional engine overheats and was taking the new engine out for a run from Lydd to Shoreham.

In my defense 2 mph is very like a full stop after flying at 250 and performing aerobatics. I thought I had fully stopped and applied the parking brake only to nose over and total off my new engine!

Oh well, accidents happen, so new rebuild again and time for a run up. Only the bloody mechanic crewmen decided to say, "Sod this for a lark!" and pissed off to the pub just as I was running the engine up to 5lb thrust to test the prop feathering! I was just looking down at my checklist for a second when, BOOM! Another brand new engine totaled off!

I must have inadvertantly waved them off is all I will say in their defence.

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 Post subject: Re: Bad day in the Mk I
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:43 am 
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lol, at least its a click of a button 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Bad day in the Mk I
PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:05 pm 
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Don't you just love the way she punishes the slightest inattention on the ground!
It's ages since I banged a prop but, as you've found, it always just that heartbeat away.

Just be thankful you didn't do this :

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 10570.html


Oh, and don't worry too much about tipping up on landing, even Carolyn Grace did exactly that last year!

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 Post subject: Re: Bad day in the Mk I
PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:23 am 
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Took her out for a circuit last night under the blood moon over Dungeness and everything went perfectly. I am guessing the glass of wine helped my concentration.

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