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Generations Taking Wing

“How old are these oil cooler hoses?”

It was a simple enough question, posed by my inspector as we worked our way through the Mooney’s annual inspection. He sat on the tailgate of his truck, flipping pages of the aircraft’s logbooks, trying to find an entry. “It says you fire-sleeved them…17 years ago,” he said. Well, yeah, I did. I fire-sleeved the old hoses, though. They’ve been replaced since then. Sure enough, we found an entry slightly later on, but still far enough back that we started looking for options for getting new hoses made.

I helped with maintenance on this bird when I was a kid. With the ink still wet on my airframe and powerplant technician certificate, my signature

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