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Old 10-18-2021, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Geico266 View Post
After 30 hours I thought VAF might be interested to see what wear looks like on the pitot tube. Not much at all, just a little buffing.

Today I did my third annual at 105h TT and noticed some excessive wear on the pitot tube where it gets in contact with the bushing. Similar to the quoted image but significantly deeper with 0.008 inches or 0.2mm. Consequently there is also a little play between the bushing and the pitot.
Does anybody have the same and more importantly how did you fix this.
I never used lubricants as per post from Van's
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Old 11-05-2021, 10:12 AM
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Going through my condition inspection now as well. I have wear too at 164.5 hrs TT. I'll snap a pic when back to airport.

Maintenance Manual (section 11-2) says to replace both the bushing and the pitot if wear damage is found on pitot. So, I ordered both a new pitot (part# FF-1202) and new bushing (part #S-1207). About $50 before shipping in parts.

Not a big deal and easy fix, but I won't hold my breath for how long parts will take to get here

After posting pic, I'll be curious if folks think it's safe to fly until the parts arrive or if I should just wait it out.
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Old 11-05-2021, 03:21 PM
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From what I see from you photo I would call that minimal wear, there's going to be contact on the bushing and tube so yes there's going to be some wear.
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Old 11-05-2021, 05:27 PM
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Default I have a bit worse wear

Here’s my pics. New pitot and bushing on order.
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Old 11-05-2021, 05:47 PM
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After 330 hours my pitot tube looks just like Chris's, GEICO266, pitot tube after 30 hours. I have used no lubrication. I think Scott at Van's knows what he is talking about.
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