September 10, 2008
By Alton K. Marsh
An airworthiness directive against faulty heaters in pitot/angle-of-attack indicators built by Connecticut-based Harco Labs takes effect Sept. 29.
An Eclipse spokeswoman said 20 percent of the fleet of 250 EA500s has been inspected. The problem was discovered after four EA500 aircraft experienced faulty airspeed readings in flight. Normal function returned after the aircraft descended to warmer temperatures, allowing ice in the indicators to melt.
Eclipse Aviation will pay expenses resulting from inspections and any repairs associated with the AD. Aircraft not inspected and tested by Sept. 29 will be restricted to day-VFR operations; owners will then have 90 days after that date to comply.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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