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Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

It seems that a significant part of pain was caused by gear failures.

The engine I now understand was just a bad installation.

The autopilot seemed to be a constant problem.
What brand was it?
Do you think a heavier duty model would have held up better?

After 6 years of experience do you think it would be possible to maintain an engine, in such a way as to dramatically reduce the number of failures.
IE: Have a schedule where you do Item 1 every 20 hours, Item 2 every 50 hours etc.?
I really didn't like how random and often your engine failed.
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