Re: N275CH First Flight Q200 potential cap problems

Sam Hoskins <shoskins@...>


You can expect your vent system to have very minor leaks. It would not be
expected to hold pressure over a long period of time. However, you want to
ensure there is more air entering the vent system than there is air leaving
it. Here is how I test mine, crude, but effective.

Crawl under the aircraft and wipe your ram-air vent clean with a towel. Put
your mouth over the tube and blow hard. You will be surprised at the volume
needed to pressurize the system. Quickly put your finger over the vent
tube, hold for 5 or 10 seconds, then release.

When you let go, you should feel air rushing back out of the vent. If you
do, you are ok.

Now, simulate the leak condition that you had and do the experiment again to
check the difference.

Good Luck,



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Sam - I was on that flight with Art Jewett in Springfield, MO. As I
it, while Art was fueling his plane he was talking to the fuel truck driver
and got distracted. He realized he was running a little late so he just
the fuel truck driver the hose and quickly latched the gas access door. I
climbed in and off we went. We were at about 100 feet altitude and the
just seemed to lose RPM. Art radioed a MAYDAY and the tower operator
the alarm. Art told the tower he was going to do a 180 and land downwind.
finally made it back to the airport and the tower operator radioed that he
about 30 seconds from ordering a "foaming of the runway". We taxied back to

the hangar and began, removed the cowl and started looking for any cause for

the problem. Finally, Art opened the gas door and the cap for this filler
was laying right along side the opened gas tube. Events like this sure take

one's mind off "hanky-panky." Just thought I'd share that event with the
brothers that illustrates what can happen when you lose ram air pressure in
fuel system.

Dick Barbour
Rogers, AR.

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