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Old 06-02-2013, 02:30 PM
paul330 paul330 is offline
 
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Angry Disaster!

So, today was supposed to be a great day - move the aircraft to the hangar for final assembly. A colleague loaned me a trailer but, unfortunately, it wasn't quite wide enough. So, I decided to take off one gear leg and build a dolly to transport it. It worked out really well until we were half way up the trailer. At that stage, we had to remove the dolly because of the geometry with the trailer ramp. I had some big strong boys so we thought we could support the weight temporarily. Unfortunately, as we moved the aircraft up the trailer, it tipped back suddenly under the weight and we lost control. The aircraft tipped off the side of the trailer and ended up on its side in the driveway.

I was just speechless - my beautiful fuselage dead in my drive......

With an engine hoist, we managed to get it back upright and with more care and support got it on the trailer and to the airport.

So what was the damage?

- Left step slightly bent - easily fixable provided the underlying structure hasn't been bent
- Some scuffing on the left door Perspex - should polish out OK
- One rocker cover bent - new one OK provided it hasn't damaged the valve gear underneath
- Worst looking is the front fuselage skin behind the lower engine mount. An area about 6" by 4" is buckled. Looking at it, I don't think the underlying structure is damaged (probably one of the strongest parts of the aircraft). If so, I should be able to splice in some new skin with a doubler.

All in all, it could have been a lot worse. We managed to control the fall and it more sort of rolled off rather than dropped. I have had a couple of stiff drinks and will go back tomorrow to check it out closer and make sure I haven't missed any other damage.

So, beware. When you move your aircraft, it is a lot heavier and more cumbersome than you think. Make sure everything in chocked and blocked so it can't move. Don't think you can support anything by hand however strong your team. I wouldn't want anyone to go through what I have today.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:16 PM
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I do not drink, but if that happened to me probably I would start. Hopefully it will not be so bad and you'll get it fixed soon.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:28 PM
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Sorry to hear this Paul. I have been thinking about my move to the airport which should be within 3 weeks. Deciding whether to use a trailer like we did with the Cozy MKIV or hire a flatbed wrecker with a winch and rolling/tilting bed. Flatbed it is. Doesn't sound like your damages were too bad though so be grateful for that. Its a setback for sure but you will be more determined than ever now to get it done.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:02 PM
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The aircraft tipped off the side of the trailer and ended up on its side in the driveway.
Oh my, I'm so sorry Paul. I'm glad you didn't include a picture, because the one I have in my mind is haunting enough. Like Ron, I don't drink, but I'm spooked enough by your story that I'm tempted to take it up on your behalf!

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Old 06-02-2013, 04:08 PM
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So sorry, I will have a drink with you, thank you for the warning.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:52 PM
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I do not drink, but if that happened to me probably I would start. Hopefully it will not be so bad and you'll get it fixed soon.
I don't either, but I'm thinking about taking it up after the story....
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:55 PM
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Oh that's a bummer. I can see how things would go quickly from all fine to disaster. And who knows how many of us have narrowly escaped similar fate.

If the skin buckled near the firewall, please inspect carefully the longerons. They are very critical, and easily bent by side impacts. Might need to replace whole fwd-lower longeron?
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:41 PM
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Sorry for your loss. I felt sick just reading it .
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:47 PM
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When I was putting my wings on, a gust came and started to blow one of the wings off the rack... I caught it just in time. I feel for you man.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:46 AM
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If the skin buckled near the firewall, please inspect carefully the longerons. They are very critical, and easily bent by side impacts. Might need to replace whole fwd-lower longeron?
Thanks. I realize the importance of the lower longeron and am really hoping it isn't damaged. Replacing that would be a huge job. As I said, it didn't take a big impact and it looks like the skin has just crumpled around the longeron when the curved bottom corner contacted the ground. I'll know more in a few hours when, instead of fitting the HS/VS and wings, I'll be de-riveting and cutting away the skin.............
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