I'm doing general maintenance on my 12 during the winter months. Just last week I removed the Nose Fork for cleaning / repainting. Fork looks brand new after 200+ hours of operating off rough grass. No indication of cracking - solid design.
PPL/ASEL 1970 Sport Pilot since 2004
80 hrs Flying Aeronca Chief 11AC
1130 hrs Flying 46 Piper J-3 Cub
RV-12 E-LSA #120058 AWC Jul 2012 - Bought Flying Oct 2015 with 48TT - Hobbs now 333
LSRM-A Certificate 2016
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