July 3, 2008
The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive affecting some 3,000 Lycoming engines. AD 2000-18-53 requires inspection or replacement of the oil filter converter plate gasket on specific versions of Lycoming 320-, 360-, 540-, 541-, and 720-series engines manufactured or overhauled after April 1, 1999. Any gaskets with more than 50 hours time in service must be replaced before further flight. The AD also calls for an immediate inspection of gaskets with fewer than 50 hours, as well as replacement at 50 hours and at every 50-hour interval thereafter. There have been several accidents since February 14 attributed to loss of oil because of a gasket failure. AOPA has expressed concern to the FAA that many aircraft may be unnecessarily grounded because of a shortage of replacement gaskets and pointed out that the converter plate was not designed for repetitive removal. AOPA is working with the FAA to find more effective and cost-efficient means to solve the problem. [See also AOPA's regulatory brief.]
September 14, 2000
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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