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Old 09-14-2015, 09:15 AM
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Default Bird strike

On Sat, while returning home after a breakfast fly out, we had an unfortunate encounter with a big large black bird while approaching our home airport in our RV7a.



This is the leading edge outer panel in the right wing on an RV7a.

The insurance adjuster is coming out Tuesday afternoon to start the claims process. Anyone in North Texas interested in the repair, contact me via PM or email.
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Old 09-14-2015, 09:37 AM
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Huge bummer, Tom. Glad you're unharmed.

From a couple prior posts, it sounds like Jay Pratt might be up for a project:

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=129445
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:17 AM
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That sucks. Let us know how the repair is going if able Tom.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:24 AM
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Sorry it happened but glad it wasn't worse.
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Old 09-14-2015, 10:45 AM
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Wow! I can imagine how loud that "Bang" was. If it had been me, I think I'd need to change my drawers after a strike like that. Hope the repair is good and timely and your back in the air in time to enjoy the fall weather flying.
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:15 AM
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Default Glad you are ok

What did you notice in flight characteristics after the bang
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Old 09-14-2015, 11:20 AM
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how did the plane fly afterwards?
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Old 09-14-2015, 02:29 PM
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I guess the question I have is - have you picked up the -10 yet from South Dakota? Or ar you now the proud owners of TWO "down" planes at the same time?

Glad you're OK!
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Old 09-14-2015, 02:48 PM
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That's really scary! I hate birdstrikes! I've never had one of any significance in a light single but I've had way to many in the pointy nose machines. I wonder, does having the shredder up front cut down on the risk of a bird entering the cockpit? I'd hate to have a bird that size hit my prop of course but if it kept that monster from coming through the canopy that would be far preferable!

Glad you are okay!
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:37 PM
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Yes, we did pickup the RV10 two weeks ago, I guess I should update the summer travel post, and flew both home last Tuesday. So this was the first flight with both of us in the 7 in three weeks. The bird strike occurred 5 miles from our home airport, so did not have alot of time to analyze the flight changes, but while it was a big bang and was very noticeable event, the plane flew home just as you would hope. Sure happy it was not the windshield or a fuel tank hit. So we had both airplanes flying for two weeks. The insurance adjuster is coming tomorrow to start the claims process. Sure glad we have a hot spare.
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