June 12, 2009
The FAA on June 9 granted certain Beechcraft Bonanza and Baron owners at least a temporary stay from a potentially grounding airworthiness directive (AD). The AD requires the replacement of many circuit breaker switches in many models of Bonanzas and Barons built since 1970 by August 6. However, the replacement circuit breaker switches are in short supply, and the few authorized manufacturers have not been able to meet demand.
The FAA crafted an alternative means of compliance (AMOC) in close cooperation with the American Bonanza Society (ABS) that allows unmodified airplanes to keep flying beyond the deadline as long as owners can show that the parts are ordered by August 6. All of the switches must be replaced within 90 days of receipt of the last of the ordered parts.
In order to take advantage of the AMOC, the owner must notify the principal inspector in the appropriate FAA flight standards district office or the FSDO itself. Additional details are available on the ABS Web site.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has awarded its third annual Flight Training Excellence Awards to top flight schools and flight instructors ranked by more than 3,600 flight students who voluntarily reviewed their flight training experience through an AOPA online poll.
For decades, pilots have headed to Bay Bridge Airport in the Chesapeake Bay for scenic coastal flying and great seafood. Check it out after attending the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In on Oct. 4.
Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.
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