|Downward view showing splice welds, plate welds and cross tube.|
|After 385 airframe hours, the welded tailwheel attach assembly broke. Failure occurred while taxiing for takeoff.
The tail dropped and I had no rudder control. Field inspection showed the tailwheel pushed up to the bottom of the rudder and this assembly was resting on the ground.
|Grime indicates that the tail-post tube broke first which then overstressed the longerons. They broke several weeks later during taxi.|
|Broken tube assembly removed.|
|The planned repair illustrated by this sketch was
closely followed during the actual repair.
|Splice tubes in position for welding|
|Upward view showing plate onto which a future flat tailwheel spring will be mounted.|
|Within five days of the break, I was airborne again. Have since put 77hours on this reapir bringing the total airframe hours to 462 as of 03/04/04.|