Re: Jerry come lately
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Great to hear you are all put back together Jerry! You beat me this year. I just made my first Q flight of the year today - 10 days into March! My excuse is not medical, but mechanical.
My #4 cylinder had developed an exhaust leak that ate away the edge of the exhaust port, so I had to put on a new cylinder. Kevin Boddicker had a usable cylinder left over, so he gave it to me (thanks Kevin!!). I finally got everything back together today and flew it for 0.9 hours. That's the good news.
The bad news is after about 45 minutes in the air at full power circling the airport, the engine "coughed" - like someone had turned the ignition off and back on again. Only lasted a split second but seriously got my attention. About a minute later it happened again, and again about 30 seconds after that. So I called approach and told them I was headed back to land. I had plenty of altitude and I was only about a mile north of the airport, so it wasn't a huge deal, but I was concerned!
I landed long and taxied all the way to the end of the runway. Just as I was turning off the runway the engine quit - prop stopped. I was afraid I was going to have to push it back to the hangar, but it started right back up and I headed towards the barn. About halfway back it died again. Same symptom each time, like someone had turned of the ignition. One more restart and I taxied uneventfully back to the hangar. Throttle ups along the way all seemed normal. Shut down at the hangar was also normal.
At this point, I'm assuming something is grounding the P-leads to the mags. It didn't seem like a fuel issue (no sputtering, just instantly turned off). I had enough for one day, so I'm going to sleep on it and then pull things apart and inspect the ignition wiring. Weird because I didn't touch anything electrical as I replaced the cylinder - the whole job was done with the engine still on the plane. Is it possible the SARS-CoV2 virus can infect an O-200?!? I guess I'll have to wait 14 days to find out!
So I'm not ready to fly it to the Spring Fling yet, but it did fly today!
Paul A. Fisher
Q-200 N17PF turns 30 this year with ~1700 hours on it
On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 4:18 PM Jerry Marstall <jnmarstall@...> wrote: