EAA Chapter 1160

Pahrump, NV

Had a little adventure yesterday! Add Video

I had just taken off and I was only about 400' AGL when the sound of my engine changed abruptly. It didn't die, but it just sounded hollow... like a lower frequency or something. The RPMs remained at 6k, but I noticed the CHT began to drop and I had stopped gaining altitude. I turned back toward the airport and started looking for a place to land but after a couple of minutes, I realized that even though I didn't have the power to climb, I could still maintain my altitude... almost. I was definitely losing altitude, but very very slowly so I decided to make for the runway. I did make it, but it could have ended a lot worse! I also added a step to my pre-flight! In this video, you can hear the change in engine sound at about 1 minute and then again about 30 seconds later. After that, it's just a long, slow (and low) flight back to base so you can either ride along or skip to the end to see what caused all the trouble. On a positive note, we had it repaired that day (thanks Bob!) and the next day was an amazing flight! Enjoy.

Posted by Larry Moody on February 29, 2016 at 9:21 AM 241 Views

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