>Mike R. says: All the information needed to work on the retract system is
>in this manual. That includes electrical and hydraulic diagrams and
>troubleshooting procedures, as well as the proper servicing and
>adjustments. No mechanic should be allowed to work on your Sierra unless
>he has this reference material, unless you can accept the risk of a
>gear-up landing. If he doesn't want to buy a copy, in order to support
>your plane both properly and legally, you should change mechanics; or buy
>your own copy to loan to him. I certainly have no problem with
>technicians who call me to help them brainstorm a problem, but I cringe
>when I learn that they are blindly working on a problem without any
>reference material. I don't mean to sound unnecessarily judgmental, but
>that is just asking for problems with something like a retractable gear
>system. It just isn't in the same league as changing a spark plug on a
>common engine without the book. For the sake of a $60 book, why would
>anyone risk thousands of dollars in losses, or a salvaged airframe?

Not to mention the wrath of the FAA. I'll bet Canada has a reg similar to
the US FAR 43.13 performance rules that REQUIRE the use of the
manufacturer's CURRENT maintenance instructions in the hands of anyone
doing work on ANY aircraft.

Bob Steward, A&P IA
Birmingham, AL



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