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sky37d

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Okay, so like a lot of people, I was in OSH. Leaving, I was in the line for the runway. Turned to the short taxiway, following the directions of the guy in the pink shirt. Felt my plane rock, guy hollers on radio that he just bumped me. Apparently wingtips touched. He looked, and left, I got off, shutdown, and and looked. No damage, in fact I can't tell that we touched. I started up and left. I have no idea who it was. Should I:
a. file a NASA report (I forget where to find them)?
b. Call my insurance agent?
c. Call the local, to me here, FSDO?
d. All the above??
e. Forget about it??
 

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f. Have a mechanic inspect it.


If he says all is ok, then forget it about it, and promise next year to take someone else's plane to Oshkosh.
 

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Forget about it, I'd never call the FSDO on something like that because it can turn into all you. The FAA has a wonderful way of flipping things.
 

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There is NOTHING You can do without *** yourself. You flew the airplane without getting it inspected by an A&P. If you open your mouth, Mr. FAA inspector prick is going to want to know what you did.. You say you flew it home without getting it inspected, did ya??? Can I take a look at your license for a moment???

That'll be the last time you see that piece of paper for a little while..

Chock it up to a learning experience...
 
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Hi, I am with the FAA, I am here to help you. Right! Either you walk away with your license or you don't. Big help.
 

FN FAL

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If they can't read a sectional and tune in a ctaf before overflying an airport with a parachute marked next to it, why doesn't this act surprise me.
 

sky37d

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Thanks. Pretty much what I thought. I was really not happy, jerk's buddy getys out the passenger door, engine still running, looks at the plane, back in, away he goes. I had to get off, onto the grass, shutdown, get out, look. I can not tell where or what touched. Even the little piece of plexiglass that sticks down to tell me position lights are working is intact. I'm wondering if I'm going to get a nasty gram in the mail. I hope that since no one stopped, no one filed anything, and we are all golden.
 

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sky37d said:
I hope that since no one stopped, no one filed anything, and we are all golden.

Maybe if you're lucky and he's not the guy's wing folded enroute and he's feeding forest animals right now. Karma can be a real bastard, especially to the negligent.

Although, if I may ask - Just how much abuse can an airplane take before it breaks? I haven't had anything break on me yet except a directional gyro.
 

sky37d

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dseagrav said:
I haven't had anything break on me yet except a directional gyro.

Wow, I broke a leg once, but never a gyro. On my airplane, I had my engine break, but that was my airplane.:p ;) :D
 

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sky37d said:
Wow, I broke a leg once, but never a gyro. On my airplane, I had my engine break, but that was my airplane.:p ;) :D

Well, the irritating part was, it didn't break outright, it started turning slowly left when I wasn't, then got gradually faster until it was noticeable. (Of course, it started doing this as I was putting the hood on...) It was a very slow error, if we had actually been in clouds I don't think I'd have noticed it until I was a good 50-90 degrees off course. (Of course, then I would probably have a controller who would notice this and clue me in... right?) The CFI noticed it before I did (he noticed it almost immediately) and pointed it out, so I don't know for sure how long I'd have taken. After he pointed it out it was fairly obvious that the turn didn't match the other instruments, so I think I'd have caught on. As we headed back to the airport it started to slow down, then after we landed it quit doing it. Suction in the green the whole time, but the gyro in question had been recently replaced. I haven't been back yet to determine what became of it. Probably a loose hose or something.
 

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FN FAL said:
If they can't read a sectional and tune in a ctaf before overflying an airport with a parachute marked next to it, why doesn't this act surprise me.

I understand completely what you are saying. On my way in, I was doing the VFR arrival thingie, and I heard a Citation, VFR 7,500, looking for straight in on 9. He was talking to the Fisk controller. Now, on Friday, at that time of the day, OSH was OVC2500. So, if this guy is doing the vfr arrival, he somehow has to get from 7500, to 2300, and remain VFR. Anyway.
Fisk controller: "Turn to page 12 in the NOTAM, and follow the instructions."
Citation Pilot: "I know it's here someplace, but in case I can't find it, can you tell me what it says."
Fisk: " Contact Chicago on 127.0"
 
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Immelman

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What sort of relationship do you have with the A&P? Will he rat you out to the FAA for flying it w/o inspection/ferry permit? I don't know many/any A&Ps with that demeanor but you might consider that as well... by all means have a qualified mechanic go over the area of possible damage though.
 

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Sky37,

I think you found the guy who busted the Canaveral airspace the other day......
 
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