Friday, August 15, 2008

Get well soon 46953.

My favorite airplane, and the last currently operational Cessna 152 at my airport, has been "squawked" - taken off the flight line due to a maintenance issue. Now, the other 152 is down for scheduled maintenance - usually an engine teardown and thorough inspection (which is a good thing). But it won't be available for many weeks. The sad part is that the weather is PERFECT for flying today.

I'm a little worried, because the abrupt nature of the extended maintenance downtime most likely means one of two things:

1. A serious problem with the engine was discovered. The ticking time-bomb type.

or

2. Some buck-toothed, knock-kneed, corn fed goat roper slammed the poor thing down on the runway and broke something important. My guess is #2, but we'll see.

So, I'm grounded for now. Updates to follow of course!

:(

4 comments:

Jock said...

Geez, they're having a hard time keeping those birds in the air aren't they.

Keith K. said...

They are routinely ridden hard and put away wet.

Gary said...

"Some buck-toothed, knock-kneed, corn fed goat roper slammed the poor thing down on the runway.........."

Yikes! I guess its best not to say I planted one pretty good after coming out from under the hood today. My instructor said it wasn't that bad but I had to have some make up time with our Archer. You know, wash time pledge the leading edges to keep the bugs off and that sort of stuff. She looked better and I felt redeemed.

Coming out from under the hood seems to move everything to fast forward on short final....all part of the learning process, I guess.

Keith K. said...

Ha, yeah, I'm pretty sure all pilots have had landings where they've inspected the airplane for damage afterwords, myself included. It turns out it was an engine issue anyway. The 152 landing gear must be made out of pretty stern stuff, considering it's taken 30 years of abuse by all manner of goat roper.