Thursday, 11 March 2010

Alternate reality

Back in June 2008, I changed the alternator on the C182. I fitted a new, shiny Kelly alternator. It replaced another Kelly alternator that had, in less than a year, gone from being new to being useless. The case was no longer hanging together as the lock-wired bolts weren't doing the job they were designed for.

158 hours later, the latest new Kelly alternator is failing with a loud whining noise making music in the headsets. The case is staying in one piece this time so there's presumably a different fault.

I'm constantly amazed how the uber-regulated world of certified aviation can permit parts that are as useless as Kelly alternators seem to be.

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