A few answers from our February One Question Survey --
Articles regarding new products
The magazine which highlights the important information about our "type" aircraft. And the web site too.
All the knowledge I gain from reading the magazine.
I'm a new owner (3 years) of a Warrior and each month I learn a little more about my aircraft and what needs to be fixed or upgraded. AND...I love the monthly laughs I get from reading Kevin Garrison's articles.
As a new pilot and hope to be plane owner, the association does an excellent job of providing general information related to cessnas
The step by step technical projects articles. The text book instruction articles regarding flying.
Opportunities for social interaction with fellow Cessna owners.
Availability of info on the Cessna that I rent.
The magazine - especially Kevin Garrison's column!
Practical discussion of chronic Cessna aircraft issues.
Being part of a like-minded community with the same (aging aircraft) interests.
Access to information pertaining to vintage Cessna 172's. The links, web addresses, informative articles, and AD awareness. Great job done by the staff! Love the magazine!
Everything. Especially Jen. She is the best. Kent is pretty clueless, but what would you want from a Canadian.
That's good news.
I'm glad you asked the question--I hadn't heard to Precision before I started searching.
FWIW, When I talked to Kim he told me that the parts would not be painted when they were returned.
Hi Thanks for the pointer.
I spoke with Kim there and he said that they can do the work.
Since we might be the first Aztec part he has repaired it would take a bit longer as they would ship the part to an engineering lab to test the materials and then he would have to do some FAA paperwork to get the part number added to their approved list. Once that was done then they could do the work and ship back a yellow tagged repaired part. As the first guy it would be about a month start to stop for the engineering, faa, and repair work.
The next person would have a much shorter period of time....
Kim seemed knowledgeable and the pricing was reasonable (in aircraft monetary units).
Trunnion would be around $1200. The collar would be around $350
These are March 2021 ESTIMATES...
The best information I could find is this company:https://www.precision-welding.com/trunnions.
Their website says it has approval to do many Piper Trunnions; unfortunately I didn't see the Aztec on there but I would call them and see if the website is out of date.
I would start by checking to see that the valve core is the correct type.
There are two types of valve cores--the kind that is used in tires and the kind that is used in struts.
The ones used in struts have a little "H" on the plunger pin. H for high pressure.
After servicing a strut I always spray soapy water around the bottom of the trunnion where the strut comes out and around the valve core.
Obviously bubbles signal a leak.
If no bubbles how up at the core or strut, then spray down the trunnion.
I was going to say Granville, but you've already done that.
It's certainly possible that the O-ring seal was damaged during installation. If you can't find any leaks, that's the next step.
Let me know what you find.
I would next check for air leaks through the holes in the fuselage skin at the fuselage-to-wing junction.
The flap control rod (on each side), the aileron cables, the pitot and static tubes and the fuel line from the fuel tanks (on each side) go through these holes.
The fresh air vents/shutoff valves are all functional. These are the 2 grills that are on the front face of the bench seat that (should) take air out from the cabin, thru the battery wing box and discharge from the vent hole in the belly, instead it’s back flowing in thru those non-closeable vents.
Further info, today I taped off the leading edge fresh air inlets on the inboard wing (the inlets you mentioned) the backwards airflow is still there, question is, where is it coming from?!
Hello, I'm wondering if there are any places that can repair the nose wheel trunnion for a D Aztec.
The one I'm looking to buy has damage from being turned to far left and right. probably ground handling mistakes.
Great news. Keep us informed.
Hi Eric, Congratulations on your Special Issuance! I know you have been waiting for that. Good luck on your 1st Class. Back to work.
Finally the good news I have been waiting on... The FAA has approved my Special Issuance for my medical. I'm scheduled to take my FAA 1st class on Monday. So the first thing I will do is call the airline and get off sick leave. Second will be to fly the Apache (at least once the weather is good enough!).
Love the color scheme. Exciting!
The left main strut is leaking. No visible fluid leaks. Strut has been resealed. Recently serviced with Granville kit.
Valve has been tightened and checked using a solution to detect leakage and so far nothing is obvious.
Takes about a week to leak down. Should I have another shop install new seals? Is it possible they were damaged during a servicing attempt.
TTAF is about 5500 hrs. No history of flight trading or damage history.
Thoughts anyone on next course of action.
First air beneath her tires in a while!
Good to hear about the progress!
That old Apache is being resurrected. Good job and I have to give you a medal for your fighting spirit. The yearn to fly is strong in you.
Great job on taping things off. More prep that time painting. When she is in the sunlight share a photo.
Got a decent weather day yesterday. I’m located in Southern Maryland.
It has taken quite a while but it looks like the "year long annual" may be coming to an end. We are doing some nice cosmetic fixes while we finish out. The plane is on jacks now and we will do retract tests and service the brakes and pack the bearings. At that point we should be done! The picture is while we were painting the glareshield and and instrument panel. We had to make a new glareshield and so needed to paint it as bare aluminum was going to be a bit too bright on the glare! Since we were in painting mode we decided to freshen up the look and cover most of the tan and brown on the panel. The picture is taken in the middle of painting. We have more done now and only have a little touch up left.