November 7, 2009
By AOPA ePublishing staff
In the wake of a Nov. 6 accident involving a Zodiac CH601XL, the FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending that before further flight the aircraft be brought into compliance with a safety directive/safety alert from Aircraft Manufacturing & Design, which manufactures the airplanes. The FAA has also issued a memo suspending the issuance of any new airworthiness certificates to any and all variants of the Zodiac CH601XL and CH 650.
AOPA strongly urges pilots not to fly any of the CH601XL or CH650 aircraft in the special light sport, experimental light sport, and experimental amateur-built categories until they have complied with the directive.
Since 2005, five in-flight structural failures of the CH601XL have occurred in the United States. Other accidents have occurred abroad. The FAA studied the wing structure, structural stability, flutter, airspeed calibration, and stick force characteristics. The agency concluded that the aircraft should not be flown until they comply with the anticipated safety directive.
For more information, see AMD’s Web site.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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