Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Nose wheel shimmy keeps me on the ground

The weather today wasn't good enough for the x-country I hoped to make, I figured I would take the time for some pattern work though since the weather was just good enough at KOLM for some landings.

Everything was fine on the first take off run, the trip around the patch was easy enough and the touch down was one of my best.

After setting the nose wheel down the problems began. The plane started to shake like my old truck going too fast on a logging road and nothing I did made it any better.

I went to full throttle to for the next take off but it got worse so I pulled the power and asked for a full stop. The shaking only stopped after I was below about 20 Knots and never came back during taxi.

The front strut was serviced in the last 72 hours and had 3 or 4 hours on it since then. I told the FBO and the CFI that had it next and they were looking at it when I left.

I wonder if I was just being too nervous about it but I felt that it was in the "something isn't right" part of my take off plan that requires pulling the power back and returning to the hanger.

I think I did the right thing by not flying anymore....

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