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Realistic behavior The download is textures only. The Cessna Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in , more s have been built than any other aircraft. Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna is the most successful aircraft in history. Cessna delivered the first production model in and as of , the company and its partners had built more than 43, The aircraft remains in production today.
Cessna introduced a retractable landing gear version of the in and named it the Cutlass RG. The Cutlass featured a variable-pitch, constant-speed propeller and a more powerful Lycoming OF1A6 engine of horsepower kW. The RG did not find wide acceptance in the personal aircraft market because of higher initial and operating costs accompanied by mediocre cruising speed, but was adopted by many flight schools since it met the specific requirements for "complex aircraft" experience necessary to obtain a Commercial Pilot certificate the role for which it was intended , at relatively low cost.
Between and RGs were built, with a small number following before production ceased in VC with semi-transparent left yoke. The Piper PA Cherokee is a family of light aircraft designed for flight training, air taxi, and personal use.
All members of the PA family are all-metal, unpressurised, single-engine, piston-powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. They all have a single door on the co-pilot side, which is entered by stepping on the wing. The PA series has had many variants and seen plenty of marketing name changes.
The models gained new paint, improved interior and a new avionics package. First certified on 30 August In Piper first introduced PAR Cherokee Arrow which featured a constant speed propeller and retractable landing gear. The engine was powered by Horsepower Lycoming O engines.
In the engine was upgraded to horsepower, and the designation of the aircraft was changed to PAR Changes to the design included the same With greater rear legroom and more baggage capacity, it is larger than its predecessors and has a larger horizontal tail and dorsal fin fillet. All series of Piper Cherokee family are all-metal, unpressurised, single engine Piston powered aircraft with low mounted wings and tricycle landing gear.
Piper designed the PA to compete with the Cessna UK Direct use these aircraft for training, lease for self-flying businessmen, and as air taxis. First certified on 2 December Custom made xml-gauges, LOD's, camerapositions etc.
Developed from the mid s, the Seminole is a twin engined development of the PAR Arrow series, with the Arrow's single engine replaced by two counter rotating kW hp Lycoming Os, plus a new T-tail and semi tapered wings. The first flight of the prototype was made during May , and production machines, designated PA, were delivered from May The Seminole is still in production today but has modest sales.
Just point it to your root FSX folder. It will install seperately to the default Baron so will not disturb it. The default model, sounds and panel are used. The file also includes extra camera views and additional sounds. The Beechcraft Baron is a four to six seats, light, twin-engined piston aircraft. Barons come in three basic types: The larger, more powerful Baron 58 was developed from the Baron 55, introducing club seating, double aft baggage doors, and new gross weight of 5,lbs.
The lengthening of the fuselage increased rear baggage space, as well as providing more comfortable six-place seating over the Baron 55 and 56TC. G58 Baron Introduced in , currently in production. Essentially same aircraft as the 58 Baron, with Garmin G glass cockpit avionics.
Includes model, panel, VC, sounds. FS9 compatible but must be installed to a blank folder and manually moved into FS The Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander is a s British light utility aircraft, regional airliner and cargo aircraft designed and originally manufactured by Britten-Norman.
Design of the Islander started in and the first prototype BN-2 first flew on 13 June The Islander is a high-wing cantilever monoplane with a rectangular fuselage and two wing-mounted engines.
The fuselage, which has a conventional tail unit and fixed tricycle landing gear, will usually accommodate one pilot and up to nine passengers. The production Islander first flew on 24 April and was certified in August An improved version, the BN-2A Islander, first flew in It incorporated aerodynamic and flight equipment improvements as well as changes to the baggage arrangements.
Improvements included increased carrying capacity and propeller modifications to reduce noise levels. Options included a long-nosed version for increased baggage capacity, raked wingtip auxiliary fuel tanks and twin Allison B17C turboprop engines. The Beechcraft C was developed directly from the Beechcraft Super King Air , the obvious change is the longer fuselage.
Other improvements include more powerful engines and improved tail. The first flew on September 3, The entered service in February , with the first ExecLiner corporate version delivered in The improved C developed into the D. The main changes on the D was the substantially deeper fuselage with standup headroom. In addition it also introduced larger passenger and freight doors and windows, twin ventral strakes and auxiliary horizontal fixed tails. The B is designed to carry passengers in all weather conditions from airports with relatively short runways.
It was designed, and is primarily used, as a regional airliner. It is also used as a freight aircraft, corporate transport, and by the United States military and other governments. A total of Beechcraft aircraft were built, making this airliner the best-selling 19 passenger airliner in history. With market trends favouring larger to seat regional jets, Raytheon ended production of the Beechcraft in October Many airlines continue to fly the Cruise kts Ceiling 25, ft Range 1, miles with 10 pax, UK Direct typically flies the over shorter distances mainly on internal domestic flights with higher seat occupancy.
Accurate and pleasant flight dynamics. When Fairchild exited the aircraft manufacturing business in after about 40 units, Saab continued aircraft production under the designation A and units were built. The first improved development of the Saab was the B. More powerful engines improved hot and high performance, while other changes included a greater span tailplane, a higher max takeoff weight and better range. All the Bs also had the active noise control system.
The final third generation version, the B Plus, was delivered for service in and incorporated improvements that were being introduced at the same time in the Saab The production run of Saab s typically seated between 30 and 36 passengers, with 34 seats being the most common configuration. There are also several military variants. Saab ceased and production in Functional Virtual cockpit Orignal prop sound Ground service animation included.
FSX DX10 preview compatible. VC only, no 2D panel. While the DC-3's and DC-4's civilian careers were interrupted by WW2, the opposite applies to the DC-6, which started off in response to a military airlift requirement, and went on to become Douglas' most successful four engined piston airliner. The DC-6B was the epitome of the radial piston engine passenger aircraft. Powerful, noisy and smoky on engine start-up, the DC-6B was flown all over the world and opened up air travel on every continent.
The aircraft was a true success story, with some of the aircraft that were built still in service today, predominantly in cargo roles. However early service was not smooth with the fleet grounded for four months from November that year after two internal fuselage fires in flight, one being fatal, caused by fuel venting entering the cabin heater ram air intake. Production ended in with airframes delivered.
Payware model available from here: The ATR was the third development of the base model and improved hot and high performance; certificated in early Passengers board using the rear door which is rare for a passenger plane as the front door is used to load cargo.
A tail stand must be installed when passengers are boarding or disembarking in case the nose lifts off the ground, which is common if the aircraft is loaded or unloaded incorrectly Cruise speed: All models produced after include the Active Noise and Vibration Suppression ANVS system designed to reduce cabin noise and vibration levels to nearly those of jet airliners.
These were marketed as the Q series Q, Q, and Q In April , Bombardier announced that production of the Classic versions Series , , would be ended, leaving the Series as the only Dash 8 still in production. Full documentation including key bindings for animations included. Model by AlphaSim The C Hercules is the longest continuously produced military aircraft at over 60 years.
The Lockheed C Hercules is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed now Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.
The C entered service with the U. The initial production model, the CA, was powered by Allison TA-9 turboprops with three-blade propellers, The first flight of the prototype was made on 23 August from the Lockheed plant in Burbank, California.
The C's lack of range became apparent and additional fuel capacity was added with wing pylon-mounted tanks The CB model was developed to complement the A-models that had previously been delivered, and incorporated new features, particularly increased fuel capacity in the form of auxiliary tanks built into the center wing section and an AC electrical system.
Four-bladed Hamilton Standard propellers were fitted as well as uprated engines. This model is the newest version and the only model in production. Externally similar to the classic Hercules in general appearance, the J model has new turboprop engines, six-bladed propellers, digital avionics, and other new systems. Fokker's largest aircraft, the Fokker is a seat jet airliner based on the F Fellowship, but stretched and thoroughly modernised. In August , Fokker aircraft remained in airline service with 47 airlines around the world.
Range with passengers and Tay s km nm. The Fokker is a seat jet airliner and the largest member of the family. Design work on the CRJ by Bombardier started in and the programme was officially launched in January Seating ranges from 66 to The CRJ features a new wing with leading edge slats and a stretched and slightly widened fuselage, with a lowered floor. Depending upon payload, the CRJ can travel up to 2, miles 3, km with current engines, and a new variant with CFC5 engines will be able to travel up to 2, miles 4, km.
The CRJ comes in three versions: Series , Series , and Series The is limited to 68 passengers, the to 70 passengers, and the to 78 passengers. The ER version has an increase in fuel capacity as well as maximum weight, which in turn increases the range. The LR increases those values further. Maximum speed is Mach 0. Its improvements and conic nozzle enhances fuel economy by 5.
The airplane is loosely based on the CRJ series with a few major improvements. The CRJ competes with the Embraer , and is more efficient per seat-mile, according to Bombardier. The wing is wider with added leading edge slats, the tail is redesigned with more span and anhedral. The cabin floor has been lowered 2 inches which gains outward visibility from the windows in the cabin as the windows become closer to eye level height.
Its maximum ground takeoff weight is 84, pounds. The engines are controlled by FADEC digital engine control instead of control cables and a fuel control unit. The environmental packs have a target temperature instead of a hot-cold knob. The cabin has a recirculation fan which aids in cooling and heating.
In typical service the CRJ can cruise 8—10, ft higher with a slightly higher fuel burn and an average true airspeed of — knots, a significant improvement over its predecessor. The ERJ is the largest of the group. Each jet in the series is powered by two Rolls-Royce turbofan engines. The family's primary competition comes from the Bombardier CRJ regional jets.
UK Direct employs these jets primarily on short-haul international and UK domestic turns for which they are ideal. Around regional jets from the ERJ family delivered by Embraer are currently flying on five continents and are operated by more than 30 airlines.
They are not shrunk from larger or stretched from smaller designs. The prototype first flew on 12th March Service ceiling 41, feet: The BAe is a short haul jet of which were built between and in passenger, pure freighter and quick change versions.
From , aircraft feature EFIS displays. The QT is a separate model with side opening cargo door. Panel and sound is aliased to the other BAe on this site. If that is not installed you will need to manually add a panel and sound. The QT Quiet Trader is the cargo variant. The based Avro RJ85 was the first member of the new family to fly, on March 23 The biggest member of the family, the based RJ, first flew on May 13 The based RJ70 was delivered from late but due to low customer interest, only 12 were sold.
Weight and drag savings were introduced in The RJ was also offered as the RJ with extra emergency exits to seat to in a high density six abreast configuration. None were built however. The RJ series was originally manufactured and marketed by Avro International Aerospace, a separate British Aerospace company, so named as RJ production was undertaken at the former Avro factory near Manchester most s were built at Hatfield.
The last RJ was delivered in Range with max fuel km nm , range with max payload km nm. The Airbus A is a short- to medium-range wide-body jet airliner. Launched in as the world's first twin-engined widebody the AB4 the 9th A first flew on 25 December Alarmed by the success of the A, Boeing responded with the new Boeing A technologically advanced plane it influenced later subsonic airliner designs.
The highlights include Advanced wings by de Havilland later BAE Systems with supercritical airfoil section for economical performance and advanced aerodynamically efficient flight controls. It was the first airliner to be fitted with wind shear protection, Advanced autopilots and Electrically controlled braking systems. Later As incorporated other advances such as 2-man crew by automating the flight engineer's functions, an industry first, Glass cockpit, and wingtip fences first introduced on the A The basic fuselage of the A was later stretched A and A , and shortened A The final production A made its initial flight on 18 April , Airbus has announced a support package to keep As flying commercially until at least The A family eventually sold with around still in service.
Freighter version of the AB First delivery occurred in , but only very few were built as the AF was soon replaced by the more capable AF official designation: Cargo capacity main deck 15 pallets, lower deck 23 LD3 containers Cruising speed Mach 0.
Uses FSX default A sounds, virtual cockpit and panel. For FS use version below. The A is a minimum change, shortened derivative of the highly successful A The A family share a wider fuselage than the competing Boeing and has a thinner, longer wing for fuel efficiency.
The A has the longest range of any type in its size range. Other changes included reducing overwing exits from four to two and a smaller aft cargo door. Minor software programming changes were made to accommodate the different handling characteristics but otherwise the A shares the same fly-by-wire flight controls and state-of-the-art cockpit as the other A Family members meaning the A, A and A can all be flown by pilots with the same type rating.
The A flew for the first time on August 25 from Hamburg in Germany. Seats passengers in a typical two class configuration eight premium class and economy class. Range with passengers in a two-class configuration extends to 6, km 3, nmi. Cruising speed Mach 0. It is the most successful of Airbus' aircraft with over 7, delivered and 5, on order as of June The first member of the A family—the A—was launched in March , and first flew on 22 February The A was the first civil airliner to include a full digital fly-by-wire flight control system.
At the time of the aircraft's introduction, the behaviour of the fly-by-wire system equipped with full flight envelope protection was a new experience for many pilots. Its design also included a full glass cockpit rather than the hybrid versions found in previous airliners. Typical Cruise Speed at 37, feet: The simplest way to install is to use the Aerosoft Livery Manager.
An A is also available on a separate page. The Airbus A family consists of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus.
The As are also named Aceo current engine option since December , when Airbus announced a new generation of the A family, the Aneo new engine option. The Aneo offers new, more efficient engines, combined with airframe improvements and the addition of winglets, named Sharklets by Airbus. The largest of the A family the A was the first derivative of the successful A, the major change being a stretched fuselage acheived by two fuselage plugs.
Other differences include larger engines and tyres, strengthened undercarriage and some wing improvements. The cockpit remains the same and shares the same pilot type rating. The A was the first stretch of the A but as the fuel tanks were unchanged it had a shorter range so Airbus soon launched the with additional fuel tanks.
The A flew for the first time in December from Hamburg in Germany. There are in service with orders for an additional correct as of March Seats high-density seating 1-class, maximum 1-class, typical 2-class, typical Range 3, nmi 5, km; 3, mi Cruising speed Mach 0. The AF is a long range, shortened development of the standard A, developed in part as a replacement for the AR and a competitor to the ER.
Airbus launched development of the A in November , followed by the first customer order, for 13 from ILFC, placed in February The A is based on the A and shares near identical systems, airframe, flightdeck and wings, the only major difference being the fuselage length.
The AF is an all-cargo derivative of the A capable of carrying 65 t , lb over 7, km 4, nmi or 70 tonnes , lb up to 5, km 3, nmi. The A is the first Airbus aircraft with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer.
Its variants seat to passengers in typical three-class seating layouts. The A is positioned to succeed the A, and compete with the Boeing and The prototype A first flew on 14 June from Toulouse, France. On 15 January , the A entered service with Qatar Airways, the type's launch customer.
The tons MTOW A is the first A model and typically seats passengers over a 8, nmi 15, km range. There were 81 A aircraft in service with 13 operators as of 30 April FS package available separately. It is the world's largest passenger airliner and due to its size, many airports have had to expand their facilities to properly accommodate it. Designed to challenge Boeing's monopoly in the large-aircraft market, the A made its maiden flight on 27 April and entered initial commercial service in October with Singapore Airlines.
The aircraft was known as the Airbus A3XX during much of its development, before receiving the A designation. The A's upper deck extends along the entire length of the fuselage, with a width equivalent to a wide-body aircraft.
This allows for an A's cabin with square metres 5, The A has a design range of 15, kilometres 8, nmi; 9, mi , sufficient to fly from New York to Hong Kong, and a cruising speed of Mach 0.
As of January there had been firm orders for the A, of which 69 have been delivered. The largest order, for 90 aircraft, was from Emirates. All mdls are multiplayer compatible by default. A short to medium range narrowbody airliner.
As it turned out, 1, were delivered. In all its variations, 1, of the s were sold. The last to be delivered was a F to Federal Express on Sept. Some s have been retro-fitted with winglets for improved performance.
Range with max payload km nm Service Ceiling 40, feet For checklists, etc: Model design by Hiroshi Igami. Flight dynamics design by Nick Wilkinson, with assistance from David Biggar. Master textures by Kyle Schurb. They are short- to medium-range, narrow-body jet airliners. This aircraft, the 2,rd built, first flew on February 9, with pilots Mike Hewett and Ken Higgins. The was the first of the Next Generation series when launch customer Southwest Airlines ordered the variant in November The variant was based on the and entered service in It replaced the in Boeing's lineup, and its direct competitor is the Airbus A It typically seats passengers in a two-class cabin or in all-economy configuration.
Typical cruising speed Mach 0. This is a repaint of the default FSX model. As an alternative you could use the Kittyhawk version listed under FS downloads below, which includes a UK Sun livery too. Produced since by Boeing, the NG is sold in four sizes seating typically to passengers. The seats passengers in a two-class layout, or in one class, and competes with the A A HUD is optional. BBJ style winglets are offered as an optional feature for the Unlike the other Next Generation s, the and introduced new fuselage lengths.
The prototype rolled out on June 30, and first flew on July 31, Upgraded and re-engined models in development as the MAX series will eventually supplant the NG. Max certificated altitude 41,ft. Maximum Range 3, nautical miles 5, km [2-class with winglets]. P3Dv3 and v4 Compatible. Be careful out there with these geared alternator installations. It is interesting to note that this was indeed an elastomeric coupler configured alternator.
Stay tuned for further reports as the failure analysis on what caused this type of failure moves forward. The current thinking thus far is that this was a gear lash setting problem. Stay tuned for additional data and results of the anaylsis.
Here is a Beech Talker Ed B. Based on the gear photo it appears that the gears were too closely meshed. Yes, that would most likely be cause by the alternator being mounted too far back, i.
As we discussed a few weeks ago, one would need to do a measurement and tolerance stack up study of the parts to find the real culprit. However, to do that would require access to the engine design drawings. Short of someone being kind enough to offer those up it seems that it would take a subpoena to get a peek at them.
Dimensioned surfaces that come into play are all of them that affect the gear interface, e. As for measuring the lash, it does seem to be a PITA. As mentioned above, PlastiGuage could be a candidate. I have also read that Experimental builders employ lead solder to accomplish the task.
The problem with both of those methods is that the alternator needs to be removed after the lash is checked, which provides another opportunity for error during reinstallation. Plane-Power describes the best lash measurement procedure that I have seen for a gear driven alternator, albeit not an IO They require that lash be verified at the alternator fan after the alternator is installed. They cite a measurement of "typical lash.
Rough math says that that would translate to a lash of about half that, or about. That's huge and indicates to me that the ring gear is expected to come forward about. A gear lash of. Not rocket science either, but it does take a little finesse to properly install that alternator. It's not a "plug-and-chug" deal. I have seen another instance where this resulted in the entire crankcase breaking open, removing the alternator and a lot of oil from the engine.
Although the damage to the ring gear was nowhere as obvious as Jim's, upon engine teardown, the crankshaft was found to be damaged and had to be replaced. TCM had a period when some engines' alternator mounting pads were improperly machined resulting in an overly tight fit when installing the alternator. This was discovered when trying to locate the source of a minor oil leak that found its way to the windshield. Here is another way that a geared alternator comes apart - putting washers in the assembly that don't belong in there!
The pilot attempted an emergency landing at the Fairmont Hot Springs airport in B. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. Read the whole story HERE. As evidenced by the above images, improper geared alternator coupling assembly can lead to an in-flight engine trashing disaster! One of the watchouts is the cotter pin installation.
This pic was found in the TCM service bulletin regarding abnormal lifter wear. I'll refrain from categorizing my thoughts about this part.
What's wrong with this picture? The above image and following pirep comes to us from C35 Bonanza owner Doug G They had done a bunch of work on the return collar his Hartzell and completed the test run was a success. At one point I came out and happened to look down at his nose gear and saw something that made my stomach turn into a knot see the photo.
The bolt had cracked and the head and much of the shoulder departed the aircraft. A shorter bolt was quickly slid in from the right side and any plans for flying until the gear was thoroughly gone through were scrubbed. I bring this up as something we can often overlook on a plane we are very familiar with. As you can see in the picture it has been loose for some time and the control arm has become oblong.
You might want to put an eye on yours. You should be able to see it from the left gill door. If you can help Eric, contact him at BeechTalk. This picture is courtesy of BeechTalker, Mark O.
He's moving to a sealed Concorde battery after this event. See a battery box refurb narrative HERE if acid had destroyed or damaged your battery box. Well if so, keep an eye out for weakening in this area as well as all other areas of this critical engine component. I didn't think so! Here's another exhaust failure that was caught in the nick of time before it melted scat hose and potentially let CO into the cabin.
Here is an exhaust system that went waaaaay past it's useful service life. This exhaust system failed at 8,'. Fortunately the pilot realized something was amiss and landed quickly. It might be a good idea to give these old exhaust pipes a squeeze when cold from time to time and if they don't "feel" rigid enough to you - get something going to find a replacement! It's also a great idea to have some form of CO detector in your cockpit. Above is a find on an A36 during an annual. A good idea to move that tygon tubing back a little every once in a while to take a peek at the condition of the cable end.
Manifold Pressure Gauge Leak. Baron C55 owner Steven F. I have a C55 Baron with 's and have noticed that the MP needles during run up were off about an inch of pressure. Over a few months they were a little more than an inch of MP during idle, run-up, and in landing config. I helped with the annual as always and paid extra attention to the induction hoses, making sure they were all tight and in good condition.
I also removed the ball valves in the induction tubes, cleaned and replaced. It did not make any noticeable difference on the next flight. After the 4 hour return flight from Sun N Fun I placed the mixtures rich, props forward, with the throttles around 17" of MP to land, I got a gear warning horn.
I had about 5" less MP on the left engine compared to the right side with the gear not down it was enough to cause the gear warning horn to sound. Talked to my IA again and he still believes it to be a MP problem. I plugged the ball valves on the induction tubes and conducted another run-up, no change. At TO power and rolling with everything forward I'm at 2, on both and 28" on both. After much troubleshooting, here is what he found behind his panel in the area where the hard line gauge plumbing came in contact with defroster ducting: Applying some PVC tubing split down the middle or other hose material held on with wire ties will do wonders for eliminating these kinds of issues.
On my last annual I was on "chafe patrol" in the area of the landing gear where the fuel lines come in from the wings. Here are the results of that "patrol". There are some very close places in that area for those hard fuel lines to rub on! This is what was found after a shop disassembled a Beech Talker's engine 71 hours after a complete top overhaul!
While not confirmed, several engine gurus have commented that this looks like an incorrectly sized oversize piston placed into the cylinder bore. I guess blindly slamming cylinder components out of the box onto an engine is not such a good idea? At about hours since engine overhaul in I think it has been eroding for some time.
Plane had new mags and plugs installed during last annual in November, about 20 hours ago. It's been run to failure and the armature is toast. If your gear motor has been in service for a very long time, pull it out and have it serviced by a professional motor shop. Don't get stranded and have the extra expense of NDA charges to get back to being airworthy again.
Years ago I annualed an old CA for a guy whose long time "mechanic" had passed away. The plane was towed last night with a rudder and yoke binding gust lock in place. I flew the plane two days ago with no problem. I am about 15 hours out of a fresh annual. Don't even think about what would have happened if this screw had not found its way into the pulley on the ground and had done it somewhere in flight! My personal practice for over 10 years has been to remove my own floorboards and reinstall them myself as well as all the other owner allowed items as well as other items under IA supervision during my annual.
While doing so, this affords me an ideal opportunity to get my head down in all those areas and look for and vacuum up any and all FOD in the belly. It also insures that I am the guy who eyeballs all the screws going into the floorboards to insure that a LONG screw does not go anyplace that it shouldn't be going. If you've ever stuck your head in your airplane when the floor is up if you haven't you really owe it to your pilot credentials to do so, IMHO , you will see that the control surface cables and pulleys run very close to the floorboards in some areas.
If you put a LONG screw in the wrong place you can contact a cable or a pulley. Where was I, Oh yeah, by putting the floorboards in myself, I can insure that after I put the screws back in, I manipulate the controls and listen for any scratchy noises or resistance in the controls. David Rogers that outlines another near disaster as a result of a control system blockage. Pay close attention to this one folks as you will learn the importance of keeping absolute clearance around the whole of the control arm scissors that live under your glare shield and behind your panel.
Mechanic Leaves Flashlight in Airframe. The above images and below narrative come from a Beech Talking Bonanza owner who wishes to remain anonymous. Someone working on my airplane left a flashlight on the shelf above the main landing gear adjacent to the wing bulkhead. It was not visible from the regular viewpoint one gets during the pre-flight inspection of the gear. In order to see it, I had to stick my head all the way up into the top of the gear well and look down on it.
I was able to get a better angle on it by sticking my camera into the space. In the photos, you can see a metal hose being compressed by the flashlight: Amazingly, the gear was able to completely retract and extend thank goodness! My first clue was during the flight, when I was unable to pump fuel from the tip. My second clue came after landing, when I saw fuel dripping all over the gear assembly. The first image is looking from the front of the plane aft, with the wing bulkhead on the right of the picture, and the top of the gear assembly to the left.
The second picture was taken by me sticking the camera up into the top of the well and pointing it down to see the flashlight. You can clearly see the fuel stains on the bulkhead and the shelf. The submitter states that this was the second "forgetful" mechanic event to his airplane in a couple of months!
Lastly this gem of a mechanic subsequently left a flashlight in the submitter's tail cone, which was found during an ABS service clinic later that same year! The second flashlight was sitting right between the elevator and rudder control cables, and was only detected when the tail cone was removed for the service clinic inspection. It was not possible to have caught it during a regular pre-flight since it was inside the tail cone. Thank goodness it didn't wedge into a control cable!
We are pleased to report that, thankfully, this mechanic is no longer in the employ of this shop! If, for whatever reason, you find that you need to use a shop for your maintenance and many do , please consider a very good look over your airframe before it is buttoned up for the first flight after maintenance!
If you've got maintenance pictures worthy of this "Rogues Gallery" Please E-mail them to me with your details! The messages I took from this were: Here are his photo results: Here are additional pics from this analysis: Bonanza owner Ron V.