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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Pitts groundloop damage?


Thread: [Acro] Re: Pitts groundloop damage?

Message: [Acro] Re: Pitts groundloop damage?

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From: "Harlan" <jmharlan at>

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 13:21:26 UTC


I would suggest checking the drag/anti-drag wires in the wings - make sure
they are not loose.  If they are loose, they may just need to be tightened,
but it is also possible that there is damage where the wires are anchored at
the corner blocks and related areas at the spar/rib intersections.

Another sign of loose drag/anti-drag wires is an airplane in which the roll
trim changes from time to time.  For example - right wing heavy, do some
snap rolls, then left wing heavy.


----- Original Message -----
From: <Klusmanp at>
To: <acro at>
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2002 9:00 PM
Subject: [Acro] Pitts groundloop damage?

> Dear Pitts folks:
> I'm considering buying a Pitts S-1S that has been groundlooped. Apparently
> the logs mention "minor landing gear damage" due to groundloop in 1981.
> original builder repaired the damage and also tore the engine down and
> balanced and overhauled the prop at this time. I'll be looking at the
> this weekend or next.  I'll look for covering patches on the lower wing
> and check for the plane being straight by taking measurements from the
> post to the wing tips. Is there anything else I should look for?
> Yes I WILL have the plane fully inspected by a qualified A&P before I
> to buy it. This leads me to my next question:
> Anybody know a good Pitts mechanic in the Tulsa, OK area? I've thought
> contacting Monte Barret - he'd certainly be a good man to look at the
> Thanks,
> Paul Klusman


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