Saturday, September 26, 2015

Well that sucks...

I'd made my plans for the evening after checking for room rates around here and finding nothing cheap except a motel that actually smelled like curry through the phone. And even they wanted $89.00! So I decided to fly to Montauk Point, just 16nm across Long Island Sound, tie the plane down, then grab my sleeping bag and go sleep on the beach. It seemed a solid plan, and I had just enough evening light to get there and stowed.

Then on me departure from Runway 05 at Groton, my propeller crossed paths with a Canadian Goose. A fucking bird strike!

The goose fared worse than I or my plane. Decease bird but no damage to the aircraft beyond a huge mess on the windscreen. But now the cleaning and the required airport report have wiped out my daylight flying window. So I guess as soon as this report's done, I'm off to the House of Patel.

Sigh.

They'd better at least have or be close to a bar filled with hot gals with low standards.

12 comments:

  1. Shot down by the Canadian Air Force.

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  2. Sorry to hear that. I've seen some pretty bad damage from a goose, including a couple of fatals so I'm glad you fared as well as you did.

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  3. Hey Murphy,

    I saw what a Canadian goose did to an MD-88 aircraft. You got lucky actually. The airplane was grounded for 2 weeks getting re skinned above the F.O seat.
    I thought of this when I read your story.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=perkins+aviation&biw=881&bih=391&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoA2oVChMIgIjFoYGWyAIVAY8NCh364gAK#imgrc=0_L6TgsdMN4TfM%3A

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  4. Just cut and paste the link in your address bar...it does work....

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  5. Glad you're okay. And the airplane can be cleaned... But I'd get an A&P to check it out. Safe, not sorry...

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  6. That does suck. Glad you and the plane are ok.

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  7. Bird strikes are a big deal. That was already the subject of Monday's post, but this reinforces it. Glad you're ok.

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  8. Yow! And cuisonarting it means it can't even be grilled....

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  9. At least you are safe. Glad you are okay.

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  10. So is a Canada Goose considered a "yielding medium" and did the contact slow the engine:

    http://www.lycoming.com/Portals/0/techpublications/servicebulletins/SB%20533B%20(10-04-2012)/Recommended%20Action%20for%20Sudden%20Engine%20Stoppage,%20Propeller-Rotor%20Strike%20or%20Loss....pdf

    RAS

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    1. No, just caught him with the prop tip. No change in RPM and everything's ok.

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  11. I am glad to hear you or the plane are ok

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