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Old 01-26-2019, 02:01 PM
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Default And this is why you do condition inspections...

My relatively new (< 2 years old and about 120 hours of use) Sensenich ground adjustable prop surprised me this morning when I was inspecting it as a part of the condition inspection:





No, I haven't had a chance to discuss it with Sensenich and yes, I'll be on the horn first thing Monday to do just that. Just posting this as a heads up that anyone flying one of these might want to take a close look before next flight.
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:12 PM
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HOLY COW, That would have killed you. Excellent catch.
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:12 PM
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Look at this way, at least you caught it. That could have been a catastrophic failure.

If that’s carbon fiber advise replacing the blade. Repairs don’t seem to work out well on carbon fiber blades.

At least its a Sensenich and purchasing a single blade should be doable.

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Old 01-26-2019, 02:13 PM
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That would probably be found on a good pre-flight. Don't wait until condition inspection to give your prop a close looking-over.
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Old 01-26-2019, 03:35 PM
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I concur that this sort of damage to the prop should be caught at the pre-flight inspection. This damage may have occurred during the last flight prior to the OP's CI so I am not pointing a finger. It just takes me right back to my original thread last summer about plane ownership and complacency of a thorough pre-flight inspection because of ownership which seemed to strike a nerve with some of the forum members here. You need to do it and be serious of doing it right. http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=161135
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:47 PM
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Good grief...all I wanted to do was let others know....
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:56 PM
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I personally like post flight inspections myself, you have to get the bugs off anyway so thats a good time to look things over closely while your wiping it down.
That way you also have time to deal with issues you find and are less likely to let things go because the wife is sitting in the airplane waiting on you
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:56 PM
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Default Appreciate the post

Mark, thx for the post. I hope the response will not scare the next person from showing his findings that could save someone?s life.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:09 PM
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I also like postflights for the lack of any pressure to fly to meet a plan and less stress if parts or supplies need to be ordered.

I also really appreciate folks that post any such findings. In the Sq we'd remove nametags and discuss foibles, fouls and follies over beverages- no attribution left the room.

We can't do that here in anymouse/anonymous style- so please, tread lightly when anyone post such findings rather than keeping it private.

If a composite expert could explain if this is a single event result found on what happened to be an annual CI, but happened on the previous flight or flights, I'm sure more than one here will benefit from the education.

Is that where the extreme fibers receive the most tension stress?
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:40 PM
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Thanks for posting and bringing this type of issue back front of my thinking for the future. Always good to be reminded of issues that pop up in the RV fleet.
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