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What's the safest way to move an aircraft missing a nosewheel (e.g. after a nosegear collapse)?

We had a partial nose gear collapse. The top of the strut is still attached but the bottom part of the strut (and wheel) are missing. They moved it off the runway by winching down the tail and placing the nosewheel on a tow platform. I wasn't present as my co-owner was flying so I don't know how they winched down the tail, I'm not sure if they attached to the tie down or put a strap around the tail. I probably need to move it to a more permanent tie down while the engine and prop get sent out and we get a replacement nose gear.

What's the best/safest way to move the aircraft at this point, to avoid doing any further damage?

Model: Debonair 35-B33
Aircraft Serial Number: CD-614
Posted 11/13/2023 - 3 months ago
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I had to do this several years ago when a customer hit nose wheel first and broke it off. We used a wooden furniture dolly under the strut to strap it to.

Bob Ripley
ABS Technical Advisor

Posted 11/13/2023 - 3 months ago
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What about for lifting the nose so that we can put it on something mobile? I went back through the photos and saw that they basically just pulled it down from the tail by the tie down hook in order to raise the nose gear to drop the remaining bit of the strut onto a tug platform. Is that a reasonably safe way to raise the nose?

Posted 11/13/2023 - 3 months ago
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Normally 2 people can push the tail down far enough to get something under the damaged strut.

Bob Ripley
ABS Technical Advisor

Posted 11/14/2023 - 3 months ago
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Consider that when on jacks, the tail stand (mine has a few hundred pounds of concrete in it) can either be in tension or compression load, depending on CG. It's pretty exciting to hear a "thunk!" from the tail when you go to sit down in the cabin. Anyway, I have a hunch the tail tie-down can take the load of lifting the nose off the ground without trouble.

Posted 12/14/2023 - 2 months ago
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What's the safest way to move an aircraft missing a nosewheel (e.g. after a nosegear collapse)?