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donv

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Re: New 980 owner
« Reply #210 on: May 25, 2023, 01:47:36 pm »
By the way, Bruce, I sent someone your way on Facebook. They said they were looking for a camera door equipped Commander-- I think they were from Africa or somewhere?

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Re: New 980 owner
« Reply #211 on: June 07, 2023, 10:23:36 am »
Well DonV- finally happened. 
Wasn't on the plane when our first accident occurred, but landed at PHL and front nose gear collapsed. 
No injuries, and skidded for a bit, did manage to shut down PHL for a bit.  Pics to follow, couple holes.
As mentioned in an earlier post, yes you can hit the belly and prop blades wont hit ground.

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« Reply #212 on: June 07, 2023, 11:38:59 am »
Wow, sorry to hear that!

I almost had that happen in a 1000, but the gear stayed down.

Bruce Byerly

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« Reply #213 on: June 09, 2023, 11:06:16 am »
Well DonV- finally happened. 
Wasn't on the plane when our first accident occurred, but landed at PHL and front nose gear collapsed. 
No injuries, and skidded for a bit, did manage to shut down PHL for a bit.  Pics to follow, couple holes.
As mentioned in an earlier post, yes you can hit the belly and prop blades wont hit ground.

I would be interested to hear why.  Knowing the shop who I believe maintains it, that is surprising and extremely rare.  Most gear issues are due to Mx failures. Please let us know what happened in the interest of preventative mx.

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« Reply #214 on: June 09, 2023, 11:09:48 am »
You got it Bruce.  Yes we have been Winner in OH since day one.  So I'll keep you posted on the findings.

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« Reply #215 on: Today at 01:42:46 pm »
Afternoon Bruce-
So early indications from the specialist sent (35+ years working on Commanders) this was due to improper 'Tug' use.

Interesting theory because while we were in Orlando (see earlier posts) a few weeks ago (parked next to the 840) we got a call later in the day after arrival saying we left the brakes on and if we could come back to take them off.   We were fairly certain we did not leave them on since most FBO's move her around, and we were right, the brakes were in fact NOT on.
Theory is perhaps they had her chalked and yanked too hard.  Long story short, Insurance company is asking FBO for any film on the flight deck to see if it shows anything.

More to follow as we progress.

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« Reply #216 on: Today at 03:18:05 pm »
Afternoon Bruce-
So early indications from the specialist sent (35+ years working on Commanders) this was due to improper 'Tug' use.

Interesting theory because while we were in Orlando (see earlier posts) a few weeks ago (parked next to the 840) we got a call later in the day after arrival saying we left the brakes on and if we could come back to take them off.   We were fairly certain we did not leave them on since most FBO's move her around, and we were right, the brakes were in fact NOT on.
Theory is perhaps they had her chalked and yanked too hard.  Long story short, Insurance company is asking FBO for any film on the flight deck to see if it shows anything.

More to follow as we progress.

Oh man! Thatís terrible.  I should have qualified my earlier comment, tugs are involved in many issues. 

Not much you can do about that situation if damage not apparent on preflight. I usually lean on the side of the nose to see if it makes any noise side to side and, of course, give the actuator a firm shake. Iíve caught one where the bolts were sheared from travel past turn limits but had not fallen out. 

Good luck with your repairs.