*** PREVIOUS RESULTS ***
Last week, AVweb reported that the Cessna 172S that lost its
propeller in the skies over St. Augustine, Florida at the end of May
had experienced a crankshaft failure and that the crankshaft was a
Lycoming. In light of recent crankshaft developments, we asked
our readers if this was a cause for concern, especially where
Lycoming is concerned.
Your responses were split across the entire spectrum of possible
21% of those who responded were not concerned with the
crankshaft failure, agreeing with our statement This doesn't
necessarily have anything to do with Lycoming parts or its
manufacturing process. This segment was the largest of
those who have replied to our poll at press time but only by a
18% were at the other end of the spectrum, saying this incident
made you extremely concerned about Lycoming's ability to produce
a reliable engine.
Another 18% cited the fact that this crankshaft failure was
different than those mentioned in Lycoming's recalls. (It
occurred at a different place on the crankshaft.) This, our
readers said, made them more concerned, not less concerned.
17% of respondents said they were very concerned about
Lycoming and left it at that.
13% admitted to us that they fly older airplanes or ones that
aren't affected by the Lycoming crankshaft issue.
And 12% said they were not particularly concerned, because
this failure wasn't one of those behind the recent Lycoming recalls.
For real-time results of last week's question,
*** THIS WEEK'S QUESTION ***
2006 has been full of exciting announcements, innovations, and
power struggles. This week, AVweb wants to know which of the hottest
happenings in general aviation is at the top of your watch list.
to tell us which story (from our short list) has you most excited.
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