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A week ago my Zodiac had an oil cooler failure which caused me to do an off-field landing. I wrote about the event in this blog post. That mishap turned out well enough with a bit of skill, luck and significant help from friends.
It has taken a week but I now know what went wrong and feel compelled to share the information. The short story is “builder error”. The longer story…Continue
Saturday I decided to fly to Quincy via the Feather River canyon. I had just dropped into the start of the canyon above an arm of Lake Oroville when I smelled hot oil which was soon followed by smoke in the cockpit. I was 500 AGL over water and below the ridgelines, miles from landable terrain.
I knew I was losing oil and had limited time. I did a quick U-turn back toward landable terrain and started a full throttle climb out of the canyon while monitoring oil pressure.…Continue