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FAA fast-tracks Twin Commander AD

Article | May 15, 2013

The FAA, citing a risk of structural failure, has adopted an airworthiness directive requiring inspection of certain Twin Commander Aircraft LLC models.

Bill would set timeline for aircraft-certification reform

Article | May 09, 2013

Five members of the U.S. House, citing regulations that they say have been overtaken by technology, are seeking to set a year-end 2015 deadline for the FAA to act on recommendations being developed for less costly--and safer--aircraft certification procedures.

Flight Design delays C4 for Part 23 rewrite

Article | Apr 09, 2013

Flight Design plans to certify the four-place C4 under revised Part 23 standards, delaying first deliveries until 2015. A mockup of the new aircraft was on display at Sun ’n Fun.

AOPA: Court decision aids safe transition to unleaded avgas

Article | Mar 28, 2013

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling has freed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from having to make an accelerated endangerment finding on emissions from general aviation aircraft.

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.