Airworthiness Directive

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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.

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.