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    General question for anyone

    I recently ferried (via permit) my friend's Piper Cherokee 235. It had not been flown much in the last few years and was out of annual. The flight was unremarkable and the plane got it's annual inspection completed ($$$). I test flew it for engine leaks etc. yesterday. It was windy and gusty and it seemd to me that the plane had more "sink" to it than I remember (I have about 100 hours in this plane). I really had to carry a lot of power to keep it in the air. Of course, it is nose heavy because of the beast it has for an engine and the c/s prop. However I am concerned here with the paint which I would give only a 2 on a scale of 10. It is really awful and in need.

    Here is my question: "Does crappy paint - a mixture of missing paint, flakey paint and and rough paint - do the same thing to the air as frost in the winter"? "Are the symptoms and flight characteristics the same as leaving an uneven layer of frost on the wing"? "Did I really feel unusual "sink"?

    Tom Corcoran
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    General question for anyone

    Imo, lousy old worn flaky paint not the same as frost, or will not have the
    same effect, though may have a bit here..sounds pretty ugly..

    Hard to imagine paint that bad, that could impact lift in any major way,
    would not be noted by someone..instead giving the bird a 'pass'..to fly for a
    year.


    Don't think it would be a factor in regards to a high sink rate, or having
    to carry way more power that usual.


    Any info on the engine? Compression #'s etc.. Prop? Maintenance records?

    Lousy engine & other stuff could pass an annual..Passing an annual
    inspection only means..so much, after a long period of neglect. Usually just the tip
    of the iceberg $$$.

    Sounds like bird was quite neglected all around & could be many reasons
    contributing to having to use more power than usual for a given sink rate.

    If the sink rate is actually out of norm & related to having to use more
    engine power, I suspect an engine power related problem, perhaps in combination
    with other things.

    jon

    In a message dated 4/23/2006 8:13:08 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
    mediareps@aol.com writes:

    I recently ferried (via permit) my friend's Piper Cherokee 235. It had not
    been flown much in the last few years and was out of annual. The flight was
    unremarkable and the plane got it's annual inspection completed ($$$). I test
    flew it for engine leaks etc. yesterday. It was windy and gusty and it seemd
    to me that the plane had more "sink" to it than I remember (I have about 100
    hours in this plane). I really had to carry a lot of power to keep it in the
    air. Of course, it is nose heavy because of the beast it has for an engine and
    the c/s prop. However I am concerned here with the paint which I would give
    only a 2 on a scale of 10. It is really awful and in need.

    Here is my question: "Does crappy paint - a mixture of missing paint, flakey
    paint and and rough paint - do the same thing to the air as frost in the
    winter"? "Are the symptoms and flight characteristics the same as leaving an
    uneven layer of frost on the wing"? "Did I really feel unusual "sink"?

    Tom Corcoran
    Boston




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