Learning Experiences

December 2015 Issue

When the Aircraft's Generator Dies (On Your Checkride)

This pilot's Practical Test could have ended catastrophically. While ultimately uneventful, he took a considerable risk flying home with a failed aircraft generator. An O-300ís generator is shaft-driven, turned by gears in the accessory case. The fastener securing the gear to the generator had failed, allowing the gear to get loose inside the engine. Little did I know it, but the engine promptly began to grind and chew the two gears into lots of very small bits.The trip cost him $10,000 in damage, but all in all, this was a very lucky checkride. Check out his first-hand account of this flight test from hell.

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