True, but if the alternator falls off and the alternator cable shorts
out and you have no way to cut the alternator out of the system and you
don't have a backup ignition system with an independent power source,
you will suddenly find yourself flying a glider.
But, you're right, a loss of coolant flow is much more likely in this
But a loss of coolant will not immediately cause a complete loss of
engine power. If you recognize the problem, you can pull back the power
to reduce heat buildup and glide to the nearest suitable landing site
and probably still have power available for the landing. With no engine
power at all, your options are much more limited, but even a controlled
crash into the tree tops is likely to be survivable in the Zodiac.
Having the engine fall off is not likely to result in a survivable
situation. It tends to play havoc with the center of gravity.
> --> Stratus-List message posted by: "Hinde, Frank George (Corvallis)"
> Not quite Bryan...You can fly with no generator because you have the
> battery...A failed mount means potentially a thrown belt which means
> no water pump....Now that IS an emergency.
> You could possbly wrap the pulley up with the belt...i prefer not to
> think about that..:)
> Do not archive
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-stratus-list-server@matr... > [mailto:owner-stratus-list-server@matr...] On Behalf Of Bryan
> Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 1:57 PM
> To: Stratus List
> Subject: Re: Stratus-List: weight, resale
> --> Stratus-List message posted by: Bryan Martin
> --> <bryanmmartin@comc...>
> If the alternator mounting fails, the worst case scenario is that the
> alternator falls off causing a total electrical failure requiring an
> emergency landing. In this airplane, you have a very good chance of
> making a successful emergency landing and walking away unharmed.
> If the engine mount fails, the worst case scenario it that the
> increased stresses on the other mounts cause them to also fail and the
> engine falls off. If the engine falls off, there is no hope of
> maintaining control of the aircraft. If you don't have a parachute,
> you will probably die in the resulting crash. Granted, this is a low
> probability event but the consequences are so severe I would give the
> cracked engine mount a higher priority.
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