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    Damage to Stabiliator

    During taxi, I lost partial braking after I heard what seemed to be a
    breaking part or cable, I am not sure. The plane veered to left
    before I could stop it since it was downward grade. This happened
    without warning earleir the plane was taxied, fueled and inspected
    twice over the last two days. It also just came out of annual last
    weweek.

    The rear stabilator was damaged on the leading edge by a taxiway light
    as the plane left the taxi way.

    The indentation is on the lower portion of the surface extending
    upward. A golf ball would fit into the actual impact area with
    secondary damage wrinkling to an area the size of a hand.


    Looking for advice and who or what to call after the mechanic makes
    his observations. Any help appreciated.

    Jeff

    n8786M





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    Damage to Stabiliator

    >During taxi, I lost partial braking after I heard what seemed to be a
    >breaking part or cable, I am not sure. The plane veered to left
    >before I could stop it since it was downward grade.
    >
    >The rear stabilator was damaged on the leading edge by a taxiway light
    >as the plane left the taxi way.
    >
    >The indentation is on the lower portion of the surface extending
    >upward. A golf ball would fit into the actual impact area with
    >secondary damage wrinkling to an area the size of a hand.

    Not sure what sort of "cable" failure you could have with the brakes. They
    are purely hydraulic and don't make any noise, even when they fail. I'd be
    looking for the leaking red 5606 hydraulic fluid.

    As for the damage, it can probably be re-skinned without issue. I've
    replaced skins on the stabilizers before.

    I'd be pulling the HS and replacing the bolts and bearing/bushings in the
    pivot, because you have a HUGE lever arm from the tip to the pivot, and
    damage might have occurred that could come back to haunt you later. Those
    2 - 5/16" bolts are all that holds the stablizer on...

    Bob Steward, A&P IA
    Birmingham, AL



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