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Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:11pm PT
Unfortunately no pictures from my latest episode in flying!

I was on a training flight from Casper (KCPR) to Buffalo (KBYG) Sunday evening as a navigational exercise, and for some beautiful scenery along the Bighorns. On my return leg, around Kaycee, the oil pressure warning indicator began flashing, and the oil pressure had dropped into the yellow. I was approximately 35 minutes out from KCPR so I had to "baby" the airplane along to get as much altitude as possible without overheating the engine. As I proceeded by following I-25 so I would have an emergency landing available--on a frontage road, ranch turnoff, or as a final option either the /southbound lane (not much traffic) or the median. Thankfully didn't need it once the field was in sight and I was finally within gliding distance of the airport, still at 8,300' msl. We radioed the tower with an advisory of possible engine failure being imminent, but didn't declare an emergency. I made a 3,000' descent in less than 5 miles and landed on the downwind runway (had a 7-10 knot tailwind), but managed a decent landing. The fire rescue truck was standing by "just in case."

My engine suffered a ruptured oil cooler, and dumped approximately 8 quarts of oil in around 25 minutes. I still had the requisite 2 3/4 quarts remaining in the engine and it never overheated, so the engine is "OK." Another 5 or 10 minutes and I would have been doing an emergency off field landing for real, or buying a remanufactured Lycoming O-540 for $35,000.

All's well that ends well. Gulp!

P.S.: The entire cowling and belly of the airplane was bathed in Aeroshell 15W-50 semisynthetic oil.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:29pm PT
Whoa! That could have been expensive! Glad you didn't have to 'land out'
as we say in the sailplane world. I thought that was a new engine?
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Jul 30, 2014 - 06:44pm PT
Nope. It's the original engine with 1922 hours on it. The compressions and oil analyses are still great. I was flying with my instructor while working on my commercial certificate. I've completed all the cross country and PIC requirements, and we were simply working on various methods of navigation. Not. Fun! The A & Ps all think I've still got maybe 200-300 hours still usable time. The Lycoming O-540 is renowned for it's longevity beyond TBO.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 31, 2014 - 05:43pm PT
http://xbradtc.com/2014/07/30/a-10-hawgs-new-role-as-a-storm-chasing-aircraft/
snakefoot

climber
cali
Aug 1, 2014 - 07:52am PT
slick tracking with friends
Mt meeker and longs peak in the back on the right
Mt meeker and longs peak in the back on the right
Credit: snakefoot
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