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ASF - Aircraft Deicing/Anti-icing Equipment

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment The resources listed below are provided as additional information to the AOPA Air Safety Foundation's Aircraft Deicing and Anti-icing Equipment Safety Advisor. The links below provide information on icing accident statistics, weather flying strategies, certification of aircraft, and suggestions on how to tell if your aircraft is approved for flight in known icing conditions.

FAA, type club team up for circuit-breaker fix

Article | Mar 19, 2013

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) affecting some Beechcraft, Cessna, and other aircraft equipped with switch-style circuit breakers that have experienced continued failures despite previous attempts to correct problems. The FAA issued the SAIB, rather than a new airworthiness directive pertaining to W31 series switch style circuit breakers manufactured by Tyco or Potter Brumfield, after evaluating information collected from aircraft owners and operators.

Club Spotlight: Flabob Aero Club

Article | Feb 13, 2013

The club’s 1946 J-3 Cub The Flabob Aero Club has been operating for about three years and grown quickly with more than 100 members. Its relationship with the non-profit Wathen Center provides extremely low costs, and the club operates an interesting mix of aircraft.

New AD addresses fuel return line chafing in Cessna 172s

Article | Feb 12, 2013

The FAA, acting on reports of chafed fuel-return lines in some Cessna 172R and 172S single-engine airplanes, has adopted an AD requiring installation of some support hardware, inspection, and replacement of any damaged fuel-return line assemblies.

FAA finalizes Piper cable inspection AD

Article | Feb 06, 2013

An estimated 34,000 Piper aircraft in the U.S. registry are now subject to a new inspection requirement, though complying with the airworthiness directive on stabilator cable inspections can be done during the annual.

Holder of Navion type certificate targets new aircraft production

Article | Jan 29, 2013

South St Paul, Minn.-based Sierra Hotel Aero Inc., holder of the type certificate for the Navion, says it is two to three years away from bringing the aircraft back into production.

Better equipment for less: Reg rewrite targets cost, safety

Advocacy | Nov 29, 2012

If the cost of a panel-mounted GPS were close to that of a handheld, would you upgrade? A government-industry effort to revise the certification rules for aircraft under Part 23 could lower costs and increase safety.

Fuel-return line inspections ordered for some Cessna 172s

Article | Nov 27, 2012

The FAA has adopted an airworthiness directive requiring owners of some Cessna 172R and 172S airplanes to inspect fuel return line assemblies for chafing.

Designee policy changes concern aviation industry

Advocacy | Nov 02, 2012

AOPA and six other aviation associations have requested that the FAA delay action on a proposed revision of its designee management policy and provide more time for the industry to study the 500-page document.

FAA tightening LSA inspection rules

Article | Oct 22, 2012

FAA inspectors and designated inspectors are now required to notify FAA headquarters when a new light sport aircraft (LSA) make or model is presented for approval. The notification is to allow the FAA's aircraft certification group, called AIR-200, to determine if an aircraft conformity inspection is required.

Life-saving revisions to certification rules gain traction

Advocacy | Oct 11, 2012

The goal of cutting certification cost in half while doubling safety has prompted a sea change among regulators once reluctant to consider a comprehensive overhaul of aircraft certification rules and procedures.

FAA proposes Cessna oil pressure switch AD

Article | Oct 02, 2012

Internal failure of the engine oil pressure switch on certain Cessnas "could result in complete loss of engine oil with consequent partial or complete loss of engine power or fire."

Coalition lauds new Avgas Fuels Program Office

Advocacy | Sep 14, 2012

The FAA has created a new Fuels Program Office in response to a letter from the General Aviation Avgas Coalition, which had urged funding an unleaded avgas program.

AD proposed on Cessna hydraulic power packs

Article | Sep 13, 2012

The FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive requiring inspection and repair, if needed, of landing gear hydraulic power pack wiring on Cessna Aircraft 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, P210N, P210R, and T303 airplanes.

American Bonanza Society seeks circuit-breaker data

Article | Sep 12, 2012

The American Bonanza Society asks aircraft owners for information by Sept. 21 on in-flight failures of circuit breaker-type switches used in many Beechcraft Bonanzas and Barons.

Industry groups call for unleaded avgas funding

Advocacy | Aug 08, 2012

Funding of $5.5 million in FY2014 to support a comprehensive unleaded avgas program would allow the FAA to implement key elements of an advisory group's recent recommendations, industry groups told the FAA and Department of Transportation in early August.

EASA certifies first three light aircraft under new rules

Article | Jun 07, 2012

It's a step in the right direction, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association: European regulators have certified the first three aircraft under new rules that create a European analog to the U.S. light sport aircraft category--with a more complex approval process.

Cessna offers training on corrosion inspections

Article | May 23, 2012

Cessna Aircraft Co. has created a 40-hour training program for service technicians that will brief them on techniques for inspecting older models for corrosion, fatigue, and cracks. The program announced May 22 is the latest development of an effort to support thousands of aging aircraft.

Wing spar cap inspections required for C210s

Advocacy | May 21, 2012

A direct-to-final-rule airworthiness directive issued May 21 requires one-time inspections of the wings' lower main spar caps on Cessna 210, P210, and T210 model airplanes.

Spar cap crack reports prompt call for C210 inspections

Advocacy | May 03, 2012

Cessna is calling for initial and recurring visual inspections of 210, P210, and T210 wings following recent reports of spar cap cracks in Australia.

Nothing to squawk about

Article | Mar 08, 2012

Are your maintenance practices going to land you in trouble at the shop? Some pilots might be more aircraft care-conscious if they were cognizant of the conundrums they were courting, said several mechanics AOPA contacted for examples of common lapses and oversights.

Icon touts A5 spin resistance milestone

Article | Feb 16, 2012

With a splashy Hollywood debut, sports car styling, and features including folding wings and an amphibious design, the Icon A5 has already attracted plenty of attention. On Feb. 16, the company announced the A5 has passed tests required to establish optional "spin resistant" certification under 14 CFR Part 23.

Airframe and Powerplant

Article | Oct 01, 2005

How FAA information helps owners Airplane owners who take an interest in the full scope of ownership — not just in the piloting skills required to plan and complete their flights — learn that the real struggle involved in ownership boils down to information. There's no shortage — it seems as if everyone even remotely involved in aviation fancies himself an expert on some subject and is willing to share his expertise.