In October 2002, the FAA published two Airworthiness Directives (ADs), 94-20-04 R1 and 2002-21-13, affecting Raytheon/Beech Models 35 through V35B. These ADs revise and supersede AD 94-20-04 and AD 98-13-02. Both proposals are also intended to condense and clarify the information presented in AD 94-20-04 as well as provide a means to eliminate the operating limitations currently imposed upon affected airplanes. AD 94-20-04 R1 addresses all V-tail models except models 35, 35R, A35, and B35, which are addressed in AD 2002-21-13.
These ADs affects approximately 12,411 US registered aircraft. Although the ADs are intended to clarify AD 94-20-04, AOPA is concerned about the FAA's inspection procedures including those procedures referenced in Raytheon Service Bulletin No. SB 27-3358, Issued: February 2000. In particular, AOPA feels that many of these inspection parameters are unwarranted and places an undue burden on the owners of models 35, 35R, A35, and B35 who want to eliminate the more restrictive operating limitations. The final provisions of the final ADs remove much of the concern over the compliance provisions set forth in Raytheon Service Bulletin No. SB 27-3358.
AD 94-20-04 R1:
AOPA agrees that the previous V-Tail ADs were confusing with respect to their applicability and required action and concurs with the FAA on its effort to provide more clarity. AOPA is pleased that FAA has addressed concerns made in our comments by revising proposal 2000-CE-44-AD and incorporating crucial changes recommended by AOPA and the American Bonanza Society.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.