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Date:  11-27-2019
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Replace Rocket Steering Link

While using a new tail wheel dolly purchased from Aircraft Spruce, the tail wheel slipped sidewise and got jammed sidewise between the two bars supporting the tail wheel. You just can't get aggressive using the dolly. After pulling the two bars out of the dolly, I was able to sort things out and put it back together and get the plane back into the hanger.

It is a slight incline into the hanger, plus the hanger door tracks are elevated above the ramp, so the dolly was helpful getting some momentum going.

Afterwards, while performing a post flight inspection, I noticed the rocket steering link was bent. Dang. Decided right then no more using the dolly. Ordered a replacement rocket link instead of attempting to bend it back into a straight line. It is a quick replacement, and, now I have some spare parts if the replacement needs to be reconditioned in the future.
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Bent Rocket Steering Link

Bent Rocket Steering Link

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Replacing

Replacing

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New Steerling Link Installed

New Steerling Link Installed

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