|AirBike Down !!
|Sometimes the Huns Win!
Score: AirBike = 5, Huns = 1
|Landing gear absorbed all the
impact then collapsed upon hitting
toaster-sized rocks during the
landing roll-out. AirBike Ace was
|Gear leg is supposed to be
straight and not rotated aft!
|AirBike resting on the trailer
used to retrieve the plane
from the SE Kansas Flint
|Paul securing a wing to the
specially made wing cradle
mounted on the trailer.
|Ready for the 45 mile trip from the
Cambridge, KS site of the forced landing
to my aerodrome in Derby, KS. The
fuselage had been transported earlier.
|Up on blocks, the re-assembly process
begins. Fortunately, the prop stopped
almost horizontally after shutting off
the engine just prior to the "wheels up"
landing and was not damaged..
|Replacement gear legs, wheels, tires
and brakes are from a Rans S-12
I salvaged several years ago.
|This is what my AirBike looked like a
month prior to the ill-fated flight, it will
soon look like this again less star pattern
|A better view of what the gear
legs used to look like.
|After flying at 5500 rpm for 35 minutes the engine suddenly lost power dropping to less than 4500
rpm. By "working" the throttle I could keep it running but not achieve an rpm that would sustain
altitude. Gradually I lost altitude while trying to reach a known sod private airstrip 10 miles away. I
didn't make it.
Subsequent inspection while the engine was ground tested revealed air leaks in the fuel line fittings
from the wing tanks. I replaced the hose clamps with safety wire; fuel lines immediately filled with
fuel. Also discovered the fuel filter was plugged as fuel would barely drip through it. Engine runs
|Engine Problem Summary
|This was a GOOD landing. Had it
been a GREAT landing,I could have
used the plane again right away!!