Disconnected Pitot Line

Unairworthy,

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Ever lose your airspeed in flight? The nylon lines held in the “push-grip” fittings must have some flexibility in them so they aren’t pulled out, as in this case. An aircraft is a really high-vibration environment, and anything that can come loose will, most likely at a very inopportune time.

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Vic is a fixed-wing and helicopter commercial pilot, CFII with ASMEL/ASES ratings, an A&P/IA, DAR, and EAA technical advisor and flight counselor. Passionately involved in aviation for over 40 years, he has built 11 aircraft and logged over 10,000 hours in 72 different kinds of aircraft. Vic volunteers as a Young Eagle pilot, has his own sport aviation business called Base Leg Aviation, and has written two books on aircraft prebuy and condition inspections.

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  1. These push fittings look like a bad idea for something important like a pitot tube. I don’t even like using them for my RO system under my kitchen sink.

    Me thinks it would be smart to use a more robust fitting on a plane.

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