This beaufiful red and black 182 P was brought to us after it had a pretty bad crash on a botched landing. It had an impact at full power with a taxiway sign when it tried to land on the sign. This banged up the main landing gear on the right side of the aircraft and the sign got flung into the stabilizer leaving a nice imprint of the rectangular sign.
The prop was under high power when it struck the ground. As you can see from the image the bend in the tip curves outward rather than the typical inward bend you see on most prop strickes.
This, of course, means the engine must come off and a full tear down and inspection performed to recertify it for use as well as overhauling the Hub and new blades.
After the aircraft came to a stop power was added and the broken aircraft was taxied back to the ramp which was quite a distance away further damaging the nose wheel assembly, fork, and wheel itself.
If you can believe it the firewall sustained no damage, perhaps a testament to the re-enforced firewall mod available for some of these Cessna aircraft.
This has been a big repair but things have gone smoothly for us so far. We found a replacement stabilizer at Faith Salvage. We have had the cranks and all the other engine parts recertified or replaced by One-Stop Aviation. We expect to see those parts back this coming week and we will rebuild the engine.
We got a new/used low-time prop and hub from Propeller Man in Florida. Our metal experts did the bodywork and repaired all the skin damage (luckily no major issues with structure) fabricated a new fairing for the right landing gear. Adam will handle the painting in our shop in Minden NV and Mike and Jim Hoddenbach are handling all the engine work. I’ll post more pictures of the repairs when I can but we expect the return the aircraft to its owner at the flying club in Minden in a few weeks from today. It’s always a pleasure to take an aircraft that could have been a total loss and bring it back to life.
The aircraft repairs were completed. The aircraft has been flying back at its home with a local flying club HIGH SIERRA PILOTS and has had about 100 hours put on the plane since we released it. That gave us the opportunity to do a 50-hour inspection and a 100 hr on this project airplane. 88M is flying great and it’s so good to see it back out there doing what it was meant to do high above the Sierra Nevada Mountains.