Five out of seven birds at a recent fly-in had flattened gear cushion disks.
Hard cushions will make soft landings difficult no matter what you do with
the plane. There are two checks to make on the cushions (sometimes called
"donuts" due to their shape).

1. Have someone watch the plane as it taxies over some bumps. For example,
you can let one wheel go on the grass next to a taxiway. They will see the
nose gear travel upwards a bit as it absorbs the bumps (if the nose gear is
on grass or goes over taxiway bumps). If the main gear aren't doing the
same thing, to at least some extent, the cushions are hard and flat. On
many of the older planes, the only cushioning going on is in the tire and
the wing itself.

2. Look at the aft pin (aft of the main pivot pin at the knuckle itself).
The aft pin ties the cushion plate ("compressor plate") to the trailing link
(lower gear fork). This pin may or may not have flush grease fittings in
it. If you can't see the center of the pin with the plane sitting level,
the cushions have flattened out. On many of the older planes, the cushions
are so hardened and flattened out that you can't see this pin at all,
without jacking the plane.


From: []
On Behalf Of rkryscha1966
Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:18 PM
Subject: [musketeermail] New Owner of a Beechcraft

Hi all -

Looks like I am purchasing a 74 Sport with 1700TT eng and frame
(N1991W). Anybody have any insights on these? Things I might want to
look out for?

I have flown a Sundowner and the sport was a little more gentle to fly
and handled turbulance well, but had a tendency to land hard (just like
the Sundowner).

Being a new pilot and a first time owner, any advice would be


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