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Old 01-12-2021, 03:07 PM
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Default First flight of the year! ... flat tire :-(

Shirley and I went out for our first flight this year. Sunday was not the best day for ceilings, however turbulence was low and we had a nice flight.

Upon our return (CYRP), our landing was fine and we long taxied to the taxiway, but something did not seem right. Needed a little more power than usual and some strange vibration. Stopped near the threshold of 04 so as not to impede any other traffic and stepped out to check on the tires. Yup, front tire is flat. Called the FBO to let them know of our predicament and that we were going to get some tools from our hangar and attempt to inflate the tire.

A hangar neighbor Jeff offered us a dolly in case the tire would not inflate or remain inflated long enough for the taxi back to the hangar. Jeff actually took the screwdriver from my hands and eagerly started working on the wheelpant. Thanks Jeff Whaley.

After removing the nose wheel pants, we tried tire inflation and the indications were that there must be a large leak. Lifted the nosewheel and strapped it to the dolly. Used the towbar with a McGyver'd tow attachment to the trailer hitch. A slow walking pace back to the hangar ensued while being very attentive to cracks and ice on the ground (the castoring rollers on the dolly are small and hard offering no suspension).

I have the nosewheel at home now and will take a look in the next few days. The rim is fine, though the tire will need replacing due to rubbing marks. I am sure the inner tube is toast as well. Made for an interesting day... if you take a positive spin on it. Jeff and Matt were there to check up on us and offer assistance. On tow back, we had ourselves a convoy.

Edit: Jeff sent me a video of the towing back to the hangar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM3N...ature=emb_logo
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Old 01-12-2021, 04:13 PM
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Congrats on first flight of the year Alfio! Itís a good thing the flat happened at home airport
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Old 01-12-2021, 05:08 PM
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Had my first flight of the new year today. It just so happened that I thought it was time to check tire pressure again. Glad that I did. Cold temperatures always lower tire pressures and a little preventive maintenance is always a good thing. This time of year I recommend checking pressures at least every other month.
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:22 PM
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Yes, checking tire pressure more often is the key. Glad it happened on home turf.
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:26 AM
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Hi Alfio - were you able to find the source of the flat? Inquiring minds want to know!
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Old 01-14-2021, 06:58 AM
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Hi Alfio - were you able to find the source of the flat? Inquiring minds want to know!
Have the wheel at home now and plan to crack it open in the next few days.

I brought back home tools and supplies for working on the wheel, as our province is in a lockdown (of sorts) for the next 28 days.
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Old 01-15-2021, 08:25 AM
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Jeff sent me a video of our baby being towed back to the hangar:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM3N...ature=emb_logo

Have also updated the original post.
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