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29 Jan 2023 11:21 #3813 by STEVE ELLS
Replied by STEVE ELLS on topic Introduction - New Owner, New Pilot, New Here
Hi Nicolas;
Welcome, 
Please post your questions on this forum. 
This forum is set up so members can post their questions and so I can provide a well researched answer. 
Our goal is to provide a resource for members to get to know more about other member's operational and/or maintenance questions, to get answers and to weigh in with their experiences.
How can I (we) help you. By the way, I think the PA 28-235 is an awesome airplane.
Steve

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28 Jan 2023 07:28 #3810 by Alyssa Miller
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Hi Alyssa;
I'm pretty sure the strut will have to be completely disassembled so that all the seals, including the hard to get at one can be replaced with new.
It's very common to just replace the two bottom O-rings and if they're worn that will be enough, but at some point the hard to get at one will need to be replaced.
I have a question for you.
Based on your response to the engine pre heating question, I'm assuming you're not new to the airplane ownership game--your references to Lycoming suggestions gave you away.
Jen, the editor/owner of Piper Flyer is always looking for reader written stories. If you'd like to write a story on any subject related to your airplane ownership, or previous flying adventures that may have lead you to owner ship, or why you picked the airplane you picked, or what you like best about your airplane or private flying, I'd like to encourage you.
99% of the photos that accompany my articles are taken with my iPhone 11 so any new photos you want to include will be easy to get; older photos can be digitized--I use an iPhone app called Slidescan for slides or Photoscan for prints.
Your writing seems clear and concise so in my mind you're all set.
S

 
Steve, I apologize as I totally missed this response. Actually I am a brand new pilot and first time airplane owner. I bought my Cherokee while working on my Private Pilot certificate. That said, I did and continue to do literally tons of reading and research on how to own and maintain my plane. I do have a somewhat mechanical background (having wrenched on my own cars) so that helps but I also have a strong desire to know as much as I can about my aircraft.

So I realize that's probably not what Jen would be looking for, but if there's ever a desire for the perspectives of a student, now low-time private pilot's perspective on buying an aircraft or the ownership experience I'd be happy to write up some content for you folks.

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22 Dec 2022 12:31 #3750 by Nicholas Geber
Replied by Nicholas Geber on topic Introduction - New Owner, New Pilot, New Here
Sure I can write something up. Post it here or send it to you?

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22 Dec 2022 11:21 #3749 by STEVE ELLS
Replied by STEVE ELLS on topic Introduction - New Owner, New Pilot, New Here
Hi Nicolas,
Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
Good due diligence. With a very reassuring result.
We are always looking for pertinent copy.
Are you interested in writing something describing your experience buying and importing your airplane from Canada.
For instance, I just wrote an article--to be published soon--describing the steps necessary to fly my Comanche into Mexico.
I can't recall one recently describing buying and importing an airplane from Canada.
Best,
Steve

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22 Dec 2022 10:52 #3748 by Nicholas Geber
Replied by Nicholas Geber on topic Introduction - New Owner, New Pilot, New Here
Hi Steve,

I imported my bird from Canada, where is had been since the 1980. It has a total of 3284 hours on it. The wing spar inspection is not necessary as the aircraft doesn't meet the Factored Service Hours calcs. It had an annual in September and then I had them perform a second annual in November (as annual can be no older than 60 days on importation to the US). At that time I had them perform a borescope visual inspection of the spars. Zero rust anywhere.
Transport Canada require that every flight of the aircraft is logged in an "aircraft journey log" so in addition the journey logs going back to 1980 (1200 hours at that time) were evaluated and confirmed the aircraft was never used in a club or flight training.

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22 Dec 2022 10:26 #3747 by STEVE ELLS
Replied by STEVE ELLS on topic Introduction - New Owner, New Pilot, New Here
Hi Nicolas;
Welcome. My name is Steve; I moderate this column so when ever you post here I will probably be the person that replies initially. Other members are always encouraged to weigh in.
I encourage you to click on the "magazine" tab at the top of the page. That will give you options to click on articles in the data base, and the opportunity to access the magazine archives. There you'll find many articles that will help your with many aspects of Piper airplane ownership.
I have a question. Did you and your mechanic do the "factored hours" calculations in airworthiness directive AD 2020-26-16? What was your factored hours number?
Did you get the bolt hole eddy current inspection done?
You have a good looking, well equipped airplane based on the pictures.
Please let me (us) know what we can do for you by posting here on the forum.
Best,
Steve

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