Airworthiness Directive

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Taking the sting out of the 150/152’s rudder AD

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2009

The FAA has responded to an AOPA letter asking for an explanation of a June 17 airworthiness directive that addresses the Cessna 150/152 rudder assembly.

Aircraft are only as old as they feel

Article | May 01, 2008

When it comes to addressing corrosion or other maintenance issues in aging aircraft, AOPA wants to make sure the corrective measures are based on maintenance and usage, not solely on age.

Airframe and Powerplant: Assisted Living

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Only Superman is immune to the ticking of the clock. Mountains aren’t, nor are man-made creations, such as marble statues or the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

Two Dreaded Words

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

the most are "prop strike." The thought of the damage and cost involved makes all of us shudder. But what is a prop strike and what exactly are the ramifications? My investigation started with my need for another engine for my Cessna 210.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

These aircraft-quality rubber bands are essential Bungee cords are well known for keeping thrill-seeking jumpers from hurting themselves. But did you know that bungee cords were used in the Spirit of St.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Why your engine loves its lube In his classic aviation novel Fate Is the Hunter, author Ernest K. Gann writes about serendipity — stepping out of his routine to follow a hunch — as the reason he was able to spot a river of engine oil boiling out of his airplane's oil tank filler port.

FAA issues AD for ECi cylinders on Lycoming engines

Article | Sep 01, 2006

FAA issues AD for ECi cylinders on Lycoming engines The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring the replacement of certain ECi "Classic Cast" cylinder assemblies installed on Lycoming 320-, 360-, and 540-series parallel valve engines. "The cylinders are installed on more than 1,500 Lycoming engines in the United States," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of certification policy.

Lycoming crankshaft AD expands

Article | Jun 01, 2006

Lycoming crankshaft AD expands The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would expand the Lycoming crankshaft airworthiness directive (AD) to an additional 325 aircraft. The rule would require replacing the crankshaft in certain Lycoming 360-series engines that were built or overhauled after March 1, 1999.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Can yours handle the heat and the pressure? It was a simpler world when the Bureau of Air Commerce, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued Aeronautics Bulletin No.

Airframe and Powerplant

Article | Oct 01, 2005

How FAA information helps owners Airplane owners who take an interest in the full scope of ownership — not just in the piloting skills required to plan and complete their flights — learn that the real struggle involved in ownership boils down to information. There's no shortage — it seems as if everyone even remotely involved in aviation fancies himself an expert on some subject and is willing to share his expertise.