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    An unplanned arrival

    I experienced my first engine failure yesterday, approx 5 miles from my destination at about 700 to 800 ft.
    Noises and vibration from the engine indicated it wasn't going to 'limp home', so I picked a field, shut off ignition and fuel pump and settled the Thruster nicely on a field of small furrows with no damage to the airframe or myself.
    It's reassuring to know that even from relatively low altitude, I can do it.
    The landowner was helpful, coming out with a trailer to move the aircraft to his concrete yard. It's now de-rigged and I will be back to recover it (and deliver a few bottles of decent wine) this evening.
    G-BZNP Still not dead, but resting following engine failure.


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    Congratulations. Exciting isn't it?
    Don't forget to claim your 'deadstick' award on here.



    Back to just bimbling in the TST.

    No longer instructing - just pontificating..


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    And so you move from the ‘hasn’t happened yet’ club into the more revered and less well attended ‘landed a dead aircraft’ squadron . Well done though - always nice to hear that nothing and no one got hurt!


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    On a scale of 1-10 1 being cool as a cucumber and 10 being terrified as hell where would you say you rank? Lol


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    Well done!


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    Thanks all.
    Stubhoy, I would say around 2 to 3 from the moment the engine stopped to rolling to a halt. Then around 7 to 8 when phoning my wife.
    G-BZNP Still not dead, but resting following engine failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Twissell View Post
    Thanks all.
    Stubhoy, I would say around 2 to 3 from the moment the engine stopped to rolling to a halt. Then around 7 to 8 when phoning my wife.
    Hahaha, I’d have been a solid 12 till after my third large whiskey


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    Congratulations and very well done on your successful dead stick landing. I once nursed a 582 X-Air home following a bout of pretty bad carb icing. Thankfully the engine didn't die, but I was losing power and altitude all the time. I just about made it and squeezed out a few malteesers in the process. Of course it all cleared through whilst Taxiing to the hanger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Twissell View Post
    I experienced my first engine failure yesterday, approx 5 miles from my destination at about 700 to 800 ft.
    Noises and vibration from the engine indicated it wasn't going to 'limp home', so I picked a field, shut off ignition and fuel pump and settled the Thruster nicely on a field of small furrows with no damage to the airframe or myself.
    It's reassuring to know that even from relatively low altitude, I can do it.
    The landowner was helpful, coming out with a trailer to move the aircraft to his concrete yard. It's now de-rigged and I will be back to recover it (and deliver a few bottles of decent wine) this evening.
    Hello, Peter. What turned out to be the cause?


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    Hi Halibut, the cause was a failed valve in cylinder #1. The valve head detached from the stem and proceeded to comprehensively destroy the piston and bend the rod.
    Following a long wait for parts from Australia and tracing other parts to source, I am now fully rebuilding the Jabiru to zero hours.
    G-BZNP Still not dead, but resting following engine failure.


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