September 1, 2006
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring the replacement of certain ECi "Classic Cast" cylinder assemblies installed on Lycoming 320-, 360-, and 540-series parallel valve engines.
"The cylinders are installed on more than 1,500 Lycoming engines in the United States," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of certification policy. "ECi has indicated they might allow a credit for returned cylinders toward the purchase of new ECi cylinder assemblies."
The FAA took the action because of the failure of some 30 installed cylinders (P/N AEL65102) due to metal fatigue. The agency is requiring that the affected cylinders be replaced within 800 hours in service.
The FAA estimates that the required parts will cost $1,000 per cylinder assembly. Engine inspection will run about two hours, and actual cylinder replacement will take about 12 hours for a four-cylinder engine and 16 hours for a six-cylinder engine. By the FAA's estimates, replacing all four cylinders on the typical Lycoming 360 would cost about $4,900.
January 9, 2006
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) welcomed a Sept. 18 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announcement that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) by the Jan. 1, 2020 deadline. ADS-B is a critical component of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.
The FAA announced Sept. 18 that it would host a “call to action summit” to address the barriers and potential challenges associated with equipping tens of thousands of aircraft for ADS-B, a move welcomed by AOPA.
Changes to departure and arrival procedures in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport airspace will take effect Sept. 18, and AOPA is cautioning pilots to plan ahead for the new procedures.
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