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Old 11-21-2017, 03:31 PM
fbrewer fbrewer is offline
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Default Chip in fiberglass strut fairing

I noticed this today when pre-flighting my RV6.

Is this any big deal?

You can see the metal of the strut through the chipped area.

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Old 11-21-2017, 03:35 PM
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It's turned a very gangrenous green colour, can't be well at all !

No, it is normal chattering of the fairing, you will need to remove, grind it off, rebuild it with some epoxy/glass and re finish.

Not a bad job, you may be able to secure it better on re fitting, but they all chatter there.
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Old 11-21-2017, 04:28 PM
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I think amputation is the only solution. Then a lot of anti-biotics!
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Old 11-21-2017, 07:30 PM
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Looks like its the mounting tab thats broken off... Usual mounting is a hose clamp around that tab to hold the gear leg fairing in place. I am actually working on that tab on my machine at the moment!

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Old 11-21-2017, 09:15 PM
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Not uncommon to have these fiberglass mounting tabs break off.
You can reinforce these with some extra glass, or use some metal tabs.

Jason has a good blog about fixing his here.
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