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Shocking surprise during my annual.

Being a first time aircraft owner and owning my Sonex for 2 years now I try to be vigilant when it comes to my inspections.  As a result of  putting  to bed every winter I do two annual inspections on it 1st inspection as I get it ready for the flying season and the second every August for TC requirements.
I keep myself up on service bulletins and if required completed them. Which I did with this one.


Dated: 08-22-05

Required on all Sonex Aircraft

All Welded Components should be checked prior to your next flight with a particular emphasis on the motor mounts in the area of the lower mount pin attach points. These should be continuously checked at regular intervals after that, such as at Oil Changes, 25, 50, 100, 500 hour inspections and at Annual Inspection.

Note: A crack in your black powder-coated welded component will show as a bright white/gray line and any separation of the structure will be visible to the naked eye. A flashlight and magnifying glass should be used to assist in the inspection.

Any crack found must be repaired prior to your next flight.

With probably less than 10hrs put on this puppy this year before the required annual. Firewall forward to my surprise how fast this could happen. Not sure what I could have been from but I glad I don’t take corners and follow my inspection sheet to the “T”.

So now I must ask. As the engine needs to be pulled and repaired to repair the mount which I’ve heard can be and better the new.
So if anyone knows where I can get a sand blaster to remove the entire powder coat to inspect and reinforce the mount. I would truly grateful.

hopefully reading this will prevent people from skipp8ng corners. It simply isn’t worth it.

On a second note.   For gods sake DON’T TELL MY WIFE



Aviation Safety 48: 48. Learning from every flight, with Steve Thorne of Flight Chops

Steve Thorne (aka Flight Chops) is one of YouTube’s original aviation stars, and he’s learned a lot over the last decade—about flying and about himself. In this episode, he explains why a post-flight debrief matters, how to do a good one, and why he shares his videos with over 350,000 followers. He also talks about his weather decision-making process, especially on those “gray area” days like the one he encountered flying to Sporty’s recently. In the “Ready to Copy” segment, Steve offers a tip for making better videos, shares his favorite strategy for handling nervous passengers, and explains why drumming and IFR flying are similar.
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Aviation Safety 47: 47. Covering airline close calls and building flight sim products, with Jon Ostrower

Two airliners narrowly missed each other on a foggy runway in February, the federal NOTAM system crashed in January, and Southwest Airlines suffered an operational meltdown in December. Are all these stories related, warning signs for an industry about to break, or are they just random stories that are misunderstood by the non-aviation media? Veteran aviation reporter Jon Ostrower shares his opinion about recent safety lapses and explains why changes in the media business resulted in a loss of aerospace expertise. Jon also talks about his new project to build a mobile flight sim controller and makes his predictions about many hot topics in aviation, including: electric airplanes, autonomous airliners, the 1500-hour rule, single pilot airline flights, and much more.


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