Roger Lee Posted February 26, 2012 Report Share Posted February 26, 2012 Here is an FYI, This was found during a pre-flight. Make sure you do a good pre-flight. I have never heard of this before and neither has any of the other mechanics I know that work on a lot of CT's. So this is something rare, but evidently can happen. What caused it I don't know for sure, the possible causes could be pushing the plane against the stab and over stressing it or having a loose stab pivot pin and setting up some serious vibration, maybe leaving it out and corrosion got to it.. I don't know for sure. If you have never had your mechanic pull the stab and re-torque the stab pivot pin to 200 in/lbs then it is about a 85%-90% chance it is loose due to wear and the plastic relaxing over time since new. The nuts won't have moved. Don't ever use the stab to push the plane back. Push on the fin and tail solid area at the base of the fin. Composite planes aren't really designed to sit outside on the ramp unprotected 24/7. The weather will absolutely take its toll on the skin, lights and the Neuform prop.. Cracked stab bracket.pdf Cracked stab bracket 1.pdf Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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