Missing baffling screws.


If you’ve ever seen some of the high-speed photography taken of aircraft engine cylinders during operation, you realize how much they shake—much like a wet dog trying to dry off! Anything and everything that is attached to the engine needs to be checked regularly for proper tightness. One common problem area is the screws holding the baffling to the engine. Both of these screws were found to be missing on the same aircraft.

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Vic Syracuse
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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