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Jay | Susan | Alex | Beth | Samantha
March 8, 2009 5:04 am
Published in: Uncategorized

Is what’s in Avgas so you know what it is.  It’s generally bad when the side of your airplane turns blue.  The right wing tank in my plane was blue the other day….I’d flown to Nairobi on a medevac, stayed the night and was going to go back the next day.  Umm, no.  There was blue staining all down the right side of the fuselage and on the floor under the plane.  The right main fuel tank sprang a leak.  So…off with the wing!  I took another plane the following day after helping with the minor inspection it was due for.  I came back down for the scheduled flight the next day and am still here.  My plane is -still- leaking.  Bah!  So, tomorrow I take a different plane up north.  The issue is with all the gaskets on the fuel tank…the surfaces we’re putting gaskets over aren’t flat which makes it very hard to get a  gasket to seal.  Then when you fill the plane full, the fuel leaks out.  Very annoying.

All credit to our maintenance department, though.  They’ve worked very hard to get the plane properly repaired and back in the air quickly. It’s just that sometimes the aircraft don’t cooperate.

The good news on all this is, though, that the airplane decided to break in Nairobi.  If this had happened in Gatab we’d have had a very difficult time of dealing with the issue. There’s just not the equipment or parts up north to deal with a major maintenance item like this.  God is good!  This has been a very inconvenient week, but much better inconvenient than competely stuck.

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