September 18, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for certain ECi Titan cylinders installed on 320-, 360-, and 540-series Lycoming engines.
The AD, which affects about 13,000 cylinders, is a result of 45 failures of ECi cylinder head separations.
Effective Oct. 20, the cylinder assemblies will need initial and repetitive visual inspections and compression tests to detect cracks at the head-to-barrel interface. Inspections will need to be repeated every 50 hours time in service. Cylinders that are cracked must be replaced.
ECi’s warranty and buy-back program covers many of the effected cylinders and provides options for owners affected by this AD. Some owners may choose to exchange cylinders under the provisions of the ECi coverage in lieu of complying with the repetitive inspections. For more information on these programs, visit ECi’s Web site.
AOPA had requested that the FAA extend the interval to 100 hours to lessen the cost burden on aircraft owners; however, the FAA kept the 50-hour interval in an attempt to prevent further cylinder head separations.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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