|My son, Sam, and I at the SIL hangarYaounde, Cameroon|
From chief pilot, Rob:
We did have to replace 1 cylinder due to low compression and I am working with JAARS to…
...expedite the repair to two more cylinders that I expect to need changing by the next 100hr inspection.
We have now changed 4 cylinders since getting the operating temperatures down. Those cylinders are doing well. The one we replaced at this inspection was replaced at 250 hr (Jan 2012 I think) but after 250 more hours at the high temps, [it's ready to be changed].
|From the inside of the tail looking forward-|
an annual inspection is very invasive!
ODDS & ENDS
|Cabin interior- seats removed; all panels open!|
SHOWING HER AGE
Our impression is that the fuel tubing (rigid aluminum) is aging. We have already replaced some of the lines at previous inspections and I may order additional tubing so that we can continue to refresh certain lines – especially if the connections we addressed at this inspection continue to give us problems.
We rebuilt the nose strut with new seals. It was starting to show hydraulic fluid on the strut. As good news, we didn’t have to replace any wheel bearings or races at this inspection. Hangaring the airplane is helping!"
|WIth Rob (right), chief pilot, chief of maintenance,|
Bongolo base manager… and the list goes on!