August 19, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
After the nose gear on a Cessna 402C failed to fully retract after takeoff, Cessna officials released a special airworthiness information bulletin with temporary revisions to the model’s pilot’s operating handbook.
The pilot of the incident aircraft declared an emergency and returned for landing after fumes and the appearance of smoke entered the cabin. The cause was a build-up of hydraulic pressure that melted through the reservoir sight tube and spilled into the nose baggage compartment.
In addition to listing the new procedures for the POH, the bulletin also recommends that pilots “complete the procedures for ‘Hyd Pressure Light Illuminated After Gear Cycle’ that they previously committed to memory” if the HYD PRESS light stays lit longer than normal during gear retraction. Failure to do so “could result in damage to the hydraulic system and smoke/vapors in the cockpit,” the bulletin says.
Cessna noted in the bulletin that the condition does not spark airworthiness or safety concerns.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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