March 18, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
A month after a Cessna Skymaster crashed in New Jersey when a six-foot section of the outboard right wing separated from the aircraft, the FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) with some safety recommendations for Cessna 336 and 337 aircraft.
The accident aircraft had extended wingtips installed with a supplemental type certificate (STC), and it also had an STC for winglets.
The FAA recommends that pilots follow published airspeed and maneuvering limitations for aircraft that are modified and to watch for “excessive ‘bowing’ of the tip extensions in flight.” Aircraft owners are encouraged to do a one-time inspection of the wings for internal and external damage to certain sections of the wing within the next 100 hours. The SAIB lists seven areas to focus on during the inspection.
If more than one STC installation has been made on the aircraft, the FAA asks that aircraft owners add the notation: “This approval should not be extended to aircraft of this model on which other previously approved modifications are incorporated unless it is determined that the interrelationship between this change and any of those other previously approved modifications will introduce no adverse effect upon the airworthiness of that aircraft.”
While SAIBs are not mandatory, pilots and aircraft owners are encouraged to comply with the recommendations.
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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