Stephen R. Smith's Blog – April 2011 Archive (2)

Oil cooler failure and off field landing: Epilogue

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…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on April 17, 2011 at 11:24am — 6 Comments

Oil cooler failure and off field landing in my Zodiac XL

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.…


Added by Stephen R. Smith on April 11, 2011 at 11:35am — 11 Comments

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