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I need to know the name of that metal sheet covering the front of the engine in small Cessnas (specifically the Cessna 182), just behind the propeller. I mean the one where the cowl plugs are put into:

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    $\begingroup$ Looks like you have a broken m key on your keyboard :) Also do you have a photo perhaps? Did you mean cowl flaps? $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 22:08
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean the cowl(ing)? $\endgroup$
    – StephenS
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 22:56
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    $\begingroup$ @ymb1 not broken, just some dust ! ;) I have added a picture - the area circled in red is the part I mean. $\endgroup$
    – TheEagle
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 22:58
  • $\begingroup$ @StephenS maybe - I have added a picture. $\endgroup$
    – TheEagle
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 22:58
  • $\begingroup$ Do you mean 1) the sheet that has the openings, or 2) the metal sheet in front of the engine but behind the cowl (i.e. the sheet seen through the openings)? I thought you meant the second one, but now I'm not sure. $\endgroup$
    – user14897
    Commented Sep 23, 2021 at 3:43

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The forwardmost part of the cowling is called the Nose Bowl. On most modern airplanes it's made of fiberglass, and attached to the adjacent aluminum of the main cowling with rivets designed for composite to aluminum joints.

On most planes the nose bowl is split in two along with the rest of the cowling, so the upper half is part of the top cowl and the lower half part of the lower cowl. A lot of older airplanes have one piece nose bowls that attach to the main cowl with screws, and you had to remove the propeller to remove the nose bowl itself.

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  • $\begingroup$ Give me time to figure out the gag.... $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Commented Sep 22, 2021 at 23:57
  • $\begingroup$ Your sense of humour is actually close to mine lol. $\endgroup$
    – John K
    Commented Sep 23, 2021 at 14:03

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