one more oil story
Mike Del Tergo
mdeltergo at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 2 19:56:16 EST 2007
This one is squarely on the PIC. Checking the oil level and cap pre flight is the responsibility of the pilot.
Reading with amusement about the monkey-boy and other oil filtertribulations--reminded me... A few years ago, I was flying my dad's Cessna210 out of a small airport in Oregon. The mechanic had just topped up theengine oil. Immediately after lift-off I noticed a slight oil slick startingup the windscreen. Yanking around to a short pattern, while keeping an eyeon the engine oil pressure my dad and I put it on short final. By touch downthe oil had completely covered one half of the windscreen making it nearlytotally unusable. Turns out the FAA-certified mechanic had become distractedand had failed to tighten the oil filler cap. Lucky it didn't trash the $25Kengine...Ken
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