Tail boom issues

ianboag

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One of my tail booms cracked and almost broke. The other one had started to go. The gyro is a 15 year old Xenon with 400-odd hours. I suspect my habit of leaning on the tail and wheeling it around - nose wheel off the ground - was not helpful. I spoke to two of the three previous owners and they did it too. When you do that it is obvious that there is a lot of load on the bolt hole that cracked. And of course in 15 years there has no doubt been the odd hard landing ..... :-(

The story is all there at http://avmet.nz/nzfi/xenon_defect.pdf. Make of it what you will.

I have passed the link to Trendak and Celier. I bought two new booms from Trendak for about E600 including air freight to NZ. Fitting them was not all that hard.

IB
 
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BEN S

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That's some scary shit right there! And you think that was from ground handling and not vibration?
I know your going to keep an eye on that, but not that you wont be handling it the same if you develop craks again be sure to let every know as well!
Thank you for finding those, I enjoyed my time in a Xenon what there was of it.
 

ultracruiser41

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Yeah..... trying to pick up the front end by using the tail is not a good plan. Too much weight up there. Cavalons would have the same issue.
 

okikuma

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Old habits carried over from pushing down on the horizontal stabilizer spar on Cessna C-150/152/172s to lift the nose wheel off the ground and then swing the airplane around.

Wayne
 
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