G-ASYP Stories - Biarritz Emails
Here are a few emails, selected from the many sent over the months while 'YP was in France. I've edited out some personal details, but have left in the proof that while HFG pilots can fly well, they can't spell!
For info only as below the French engineers report
AIRCRAFT : CESSNA 150 - G-ASYP
OWNER : Mr SCOTT HANSEN
ENGINE : ROLLS Royce 0-200 A - SN 21 R 337
TOTAL TIME : 7463.43 hours
MAGNETO RH : BENDIX S4LN 21 - SN 10-51360-37
SUBJET : Magneto failure in flight
After a visually external inspection of the engine, I found theses following notings :
- On both magnetos is missing, both sides, the lockwashers under the nuts on the flange.
- The drive gear is falled from the shaft and damaged.
- The drive shaft cotter pin and nut are probably down in the crankcase and cause damages to the others pinion shaft and oil pump.
For information, this nut is locked with a moment of about 300 in/lbs.
- The conical assembly of the rotor shaft and the woodruffkey are totaly damaged and the woodruffkey are totaly damaged and is like polished.
- There is certainly an oil contamination of the complete engine with some metallic ships, because this engine doesn't have a filter but only a wire wash screen.
- They are probably another damages in the crankcase due to the inside falling parts and metallic particules.
PROBABLE CAUSES :
Without the lockwashers, the nuts of the magneto are unlocked and the magneto set no more straight on the flange.
The best way for the engine is a total overhaul. Anyway, the engine is to removed from the aircraft opened to see exactly the damages and change the differents parts.
An exchange of the magneto is to be carried out. This all for the best flight safety.
I stay, at your service for all other information.
Le Responsable Entretien
LOCAVIONS AERO SERVICES
17, rue St Exupery
Tél: 05 59 33 18 74
Fax: 05 59 33 79 12
From: Robert Brinkley
Received: 23:15 20/01/2005
i spoke with Steve Rolls today and we have a confirmed date of 17th Feb. Both Neil and i are available for this and propose leaving on the 18th as the engine will take at least a day to fit.
YP made it to Soulac Sur Mer last night and to Le Mans this morning but (despite enquiries) there was no fuel avail. They are trying Alencon but may not be able to come further north today. They are only making 60-70Kts ground speed due to the N wind.
I will keep all informed.
Now at La Fleche for the night.
Try to make rest of journey am tomorrow.
Received: 15:50 21/02/2005
YP is now stuck at St Aigle (small club site) no fuel available but Towering CB’s prevent further progress. Bob will try to get into Rouen or if possible back to UK tomorrow but they have run out of time. Will speak to them tonite re further options, any suggestions?
Received: 09:07 22/02/2005
Guys are still at L’Aigle (small airfield to south of Rouen) towering CB’s last night forced return to L’Aigle ,no fuel at airfield but have 1.5 hrs in tanks. Going to try for Rouen this morning but weather not looking good. Bob has to return to UK today or tmmrw, neil will stay with a/c if chance of getting into UK Tues/wed. If they make it to Rouen there will be fuel and it will only be 2.00 – 2.5 hrs into Headcorn or Lydd or Shoreham. They are doing their best but, clearly, will not take risks with the weather.
From: Robert Brinkley
Received: 23:27 24/02/2005
Hi all (or should it be bonjour),
As Scott has advised you, our return with YP was not a complete success but Mother Nature is a woman...and we all know that women will always win the argument! Our biggest hurdle was choosing somewhere to stop which was actually staffed for getting fuel and things. As you will read in the forthcoming article, aerodromes reported to be open were desolate when we arrived.
The aeroplane was left in a small but concreted airfield just outside L'Aigle covered in 3" of snow. Its located about 70 miles below Dauville on the north coast and in far easier reach than it was in Biarritz so in those terms you could say the trip was a success. L'Aigle was unstaffed for the 2 days we were there so what I have done is speak with a French friend of mine and she will be leaving a comprehendible message on their answer phone explaining the arrival of YP and she will act as a go between for us.
I have asked her to enquire about getting YP into one of the hangars there and any costs I would expect to be minimal given the size of their operation. Whomever goes to finish the job will need to take a litre of two of straight oil with them just in case it needs a top up. The engine fit, engine run up and flight test went well and she purred all the way to her present location. Steve Rolls is happy to issue extension paperwork for the rest of the journey home but we should let him know in advance of course.
When I left her I did everything except take a note of tacho time but I don't imagine its an issue. Scott has the key, maps, our GPS and French version of Pooleys. The life jackets are with YP.
Will advise you when I hear from my French friend, in the meantime Bon Soir and in the words of a famous Englishman.................Bonnet de douche.
From: Mark Johnson
Received: 09:37 22/02/2005
Scott and I have fond memories of Rouen
Received: 11:22 24/02/2005
Is there a plan in place yet as to when we will be trying to retreive 'YP again? Just curious as to what the situation is.
Received: 10:43 25/02/2005
No, we need some volunteers and some idea as to when weather is OK. New A cert will be issued by Steve Rolls when we know the date of the next attempt. May have to drive down with 2 pilots etc. A/c is at L'Aigle (concrete R/W) about 70 NM south Rouen. Its out in open so we should try to get it going asap.
From: Mark Johnson
Received: 16:53 12/03/2005
Just to let you know that YP is now back in the UK.
A volunteer would be helpful to take her to Bidford once we establish when it needs to be there.
She flew like a dream, other than one or two small points, main radio not working (it was tempremental before) fuel guages not telling the right story, and the passenger transmit button sticking a little.
Mark, Scott, Bob and a mate.
Last updated: 08 May 2005 09:29:32