January 2001 Issue

Great Balls 0’ Fire

Sticky brake turns Dakota into one hot airplane – for a while, at least

Have you ever had a bad air day where something comes out of left field and smacks you in your unsuspecting face?

It usually starts out innocently enough. The weather’s good and your plan is to take a leisurely trip 300 miles down the pike. You’ve never really had any problems with the airplane before and nothing looks out of place during the walk-around inspection. Both wings appear to be securely bolted to the fuselage, so in you climb and fire up … so to speak.

Even the tower controllers are in a good mood as they tell you to taxi to runway 13L. What could go wrong? In aviation, anything. But what are the odds something serious could go wrong on the ground in the run-up area? Usual...

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