Today's flying lesson was.... short.

It was decided that we'd take up 03G for some more spin training. I did the pre-flight, we pushed the plane out, got in, and I started the checklist. Everything was cool so I asked for ground clearance and was told to taxi to runway 32 Right. (Hey, I'm doing my own radio work now!)

We arrived in the run up area and I did the pre-takeoff stuff. One of the final steps is the mag check. Switch off the left magneto and observe a 100 RPM drop on the engine. Flip it back on and see it return to normal. Repeat for the right magneto.

However, when I killed the left mag, we lost 400 RPM or more. I repeated this a few times to confirm the problem and then Dave tried a few things. But nothing worked, so I asked for clearance back to the hangar so that Al the wonder-mechanic can check it out.

All other planes were occupied, so we're going to reschedule for later in the week.

Posted by jzawodn at September 14, 2005 02:07 PM

Reader Comments
# rr said:

Lots of fouled plugs this time of year. Did he try to clear them?

on September 14, 2005 02:12 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Yup, he tried several times. It was fun trying to keep the plane from going anywhere at full power. I got a good sense of how much travel you have on the brakes.

on September 14, 2005 02:17 PM
# ArtZ said:

Sorry you didn't get to fly on Wednesday but it's a much better thing to find out about the fouled plug on the ground than in the air.

I've been enjoying your posts immensely. I started flying again, after a 13 year hiatus, about the same time you began your Citabria flights. Keep flying and keep posting.

-- Art Z.

on September 18, 2005 06:21 AM
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