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Old 06-28-2016, 08:40 PM
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Default Bird or Bug?

Found this big splotch on the cowl while pushing the RV back into the hanger. Never heard or felt anything during my flight. Nothing on the prop.

I could not see anything in the air intake snorkel so took cowl off and opened the air box. All I found inside was a dragon fly wing.

So question still is: Bird or Bug?
Hard to believe a dragon fly could make such a mess to the cowl but no evedance of bird feathers.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:00 PM
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Default Mosquito!...

Montana breed. Hate the blood suckers! I will shoot you a pic after this weekend to compare.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:21 PM
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Bug. Cicada.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:08 PM
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Yup, I would be more prone to think it was a big ole' bug. Lots of times they make more of a mess than a bird strike since bugs go splat and a bird glances off, especially if you didn't hear a thud. Bird feathers tend to explode when struck, so I would expect to see more feather evidence too - snarge (so would the Smithsonian Institution Feather Identification Program!). Not to say bird strikes don't cause damage, they can really tear things up. We see bird strikes every day in the airlines and it's no big deal (unless you are the bird...) if there is no damage.
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:22 AM
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We see bird strikes every day in the airlines and it's no big deal (unless you are the bird...) if there is no damage.
That's what Sully and Jeff thought too.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:35 AM
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I think that might be Jimmy Hoffa.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:17 AM
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Sometimes you're the cowling... sometimes you're the bug.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:18 AM
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Default Already mentioned...

My mini dachshund eats them when she can get a hold of them. Crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside. The little bird hits I've had always left a few small feathers.


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Old 06-29-2016, 07:50 AM
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Pretty clear you need an "Anti Splat Aero" product of some sort...
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:31 AM
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Default +1 for cicada

Yep. It's that time of year. When you're in the back yard do you hear a constant drone that sounds like a flight of B17's flying over at low level? Cicadas. Or, as some mistakenly call them, locusts. John
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