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Old 10-02-2013, 06:54 PM
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Default Baffle Rubber Done Perfectly Wrong

Walked past this Cessna in a maintenance hangar the other day.

The only baffle rubber not pointing the wrong way apparently never touches the cowl at all. However, some genius did give it a tuneup with a spray can of silver paint



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Old 10-02-2013, 06:59 PM
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Well, it probably starts out pointing the right way... Those Cessnas fly at such a blisteringly fast speed, they couldn't hold up and just flipped over the other way...

On the other hand, maybe this is why it's in the maintenance shop in the first place...
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:51 PM
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" . . . but it was signed off by an A&P!? "

Just sad.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:40 PM
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The blue paint on the starter ring gear is a nice custom touch too.
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:37 PM
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The blue paint on the starter ring gear is a nice custom touch too.
But Alex, c'mon...that paint it so well done!

The things we didn't know that we didn't know as renters, eh!

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Old 10-03-2013, 06:15 AM
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At least they did a nice job of sealing around the crankcase.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:14 AM
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Those Cessnas fly at such a blisteringly fast speed
That's it! It IS pointed the right way - the high pressure area is below and the air comes up and exits through the front!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:29 AM
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It is fliped that way to bleed off excess cooling air to help the CHT's get up into the normal range as it is getting cooler here in the south
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:40 AM
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Clearly the bad baffle sealing has been found acceptable during several past annuals. This sort of non-sealing is very, very common in certified GA aircraft, which is why I don't give much weight to RV builder statements like "My CHT's are high, but my mechanic has checked the baffles and says they are fine". You've seen my usual response: "Post pictures".

Please allow some clarity; I don't wish to paint all A&P's with a broad and ugly brush. However, I do have a question, and it's just as applicable to RVs as any other bird. Is this or is this not considered an airworthiness issue? Is the mechanic who signs off such an obvious fail putting his license at risk? Or is this just something a mechanic must sell to an owner to get it done?
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:56 AM
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What'd you say to the A&P, Dan?

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