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…

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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.…

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

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