The airplane flies again.

After getting 830 hours out of a muffler, which is unheard of, the Maule flies again.  At the annual it was discovered that the flame tube in the co-pilot muffler was burnt out.  When I showed it to the repair shop in Anchorage they were shocked that we had been able to get so many hours out of the muffler, usually they need repair in less than 300 hours.  We are on the third muffler on the pilot side.  After much discussion it was determined that it would be more cost effective to buy a new one rather than repair the original.  Once you start repairing a muffler that old it tends to have a snowball effect and you quickly get to the price of a new muffler.  This new muffler has a couple of upgrades that will be great this winter.  It should generate significantly more heat for the cabin, always nice.

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  1. I was digging through some old stuff in the office the other day and found receipts for muffler changes on the Taylorcraft. Those mufflers lasted less than a hundred hours each. Makes paying the extra for stainless seem worth it.

  2. Y’all be careful now, ya’hear? Statistically, most mechanical failures happen right after it’s been worked on.
    Praying for you daily.

    1. It was “worked on” yesterday by a vandal. Did the best preflight ever before my flight. Knocked the vent window in and stole a Leatherman and flashlight no other damage to our plane but he really messed up another airplane. Looks like the Troopers caught him in a stolen car this morning.

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