Airworthiness Directive

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Fuel-return line inspections ordered for some Cessna 172s

Article | Nov 27, 2012

The FAA has adopted an airworthiness directive requiring owners of some Cessna 172R and 172S airplanes to inspect fuel return line assemblies for chafing.

FAA proposes Cessna oil pressure switch AD

Article | Oct 02, 2012

Internal failure of the engine oil pressure switch on certain Cessnas "could result in complete loss of engine oil with consequent partial or complete loss of engine power or fire."

AD proposed on Cessna hydraulic power packs

Article | Sep 13, 2012

The FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive requiring inspection and repair, if needed, of landing gear hydraulic power pack wiring on Cessna Aircraft 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, P210N, P210R, and T303 airplanes.

American Bonanza Society seeks circuit-breaker data

Article | Sep 12, 2012

The American Bonanza Society asks aircraft owners for information by Sept. 21 on in-flight failures of circuit breaker-type switches used in many Beechcraft Bonanzas and Barons.

Cessna offers training on corrosion inspections

Article | May 23, 2012

Cessna Aircraft Co. has created a 40-hour training program for service technicians that will brief them on techniques for inspecting older models for corrosion, fatigue, and cracks. The program announced May 22 is the latest development of an effort to support thousands of aging aircraft.

Wing spar cap inspections required for C210s

Advocacy | May 21, 2012

A direct-to-final-rule airworthiness directive issued May 21 requires one-time inspections of the wings' lower main spar caps on Cessna 210, P210, and T210 model airplanes.

Spar cap crack reports prompt call for C210 inspections

Advocacy | May 03, 2012

Cessna is calling for initial and recurring visual inspections of 210, P210, and T210 wings following recent reports of spar cap cracks in Australia.

Nothing to squawk about

Article | Mar 08, 2012

Are your maintenance practices going to land you in trouble at the shop? Some pilots might be more aircraft care-conscious if they were cognizant of the conundrums they were courting, said several mechanics AOPA contacted for examples of common lapses and oversights.

FAA issues AD on DA42 landing gear

Article | Jun 01, 2011

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive on Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model DA42 twin-engine airplanes, requiring replacement of aluminum main landing gear joints with steel joints

A lucky find

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2011

Photography by Mike Fizer If Pat Smith’s V-tail Bonanza were to be purchased today in the same condition it was in 1996 when he bought it, it would have a base price of $85,000, according to a Vref estimate, but back then it cost $71,500; it had been newly refurbished by one of the nation’s busiest Bonanza repair shops. There was new paint, a new interior, an engine overhaul by another company, and a rebuilt nose gear because of an accident in the Dallas area.