July 2, 2014
By Sarah Deener
The FAA on June 27 withdrew a proposal to expand an airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28-series aircraft.
The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), published in August 2013, would have added airplanes to the prior AD’s applicability section and changed the compliance time of the required actions. That AD applied to certain Piper PA–28–140, PA–28–150, PA–28–160, PA–28–180, PA–28R–180, and PA–28R–200 airplanes.
“Since issuance of the NPRM, the FAA has reevaluated this airworthiness concern and determined that an unsafe condition does not exist that would warrant AD action,” the FAA said in its notice. “This withdrawal does not prevent the FAA from initiating future rulemaking on this subject.”
The withdrawn proposal would have affected 6,928 airplanes of U.S. registry, according to the FAA. Estimated costs per aircraft would have included $42.50 to inspect airplane records and the fuel selector valve, and $646.50 to install a needed replacement kit.
AOPA Editor – Web Sarah Deener has worked for AOPA since 2009 and has been a private pilot since 2011.
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