Airworthiness Directive

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Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2005

Measuring how airframe fatigue affects aircraft There's no disagreement from anyone — AOPA, the FAA, owners groups, and airplane manufacturers — that airframe fatigue must be addressed. But it isn't an easy task.

Letters

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2005

The state of GA The article in the June issue regarding the status and various offerings in the new category of very light jets (VLJs) was very informative and enlightening ("The State of GA: Dawn of an Era," June Pilot). As I live just five miles from Centennial Airport in Colorado, I have followed the progress of the Adam A500 and A700 and have seen both aircraft at corporate displays and at 2004's Sun 'n Fun EAA Fly-In.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Why you need an oil filter In the beginning there were dinosaurs and prehistoric flora and fauna. There were no airplanes.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2005

Monster Garage star flies a sports car The Discovery Channel's Monster Garage television show is all about making ridiculously powerful one-of-a-kind machines in ridiculously short periods of time. In five days' time the show's star, Jesse James, and crew converted a donated $90,000 Panoz Esperante sports car built at the Panoz Automobile Company near Atlanta into a flying car and launched it on a 5-foot-high hop on February 25 at the Currituck County Airport not far from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

Pilot Briefing

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2005

Exxon Flyin' Tiger goes higher than ever Bruce Bohannon flogged his turbocharged Exxon Flyin' Tiger higher than ever before on November 13 to 47,500 feet, setting two new 12,000-meter time-to-climb world records in the process, but fell short of the intended goal of 50,000 feet. The Tiger now has a total of 30 records.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2004

Is it airworthy? You're not getting older, you're getting better" may not apply to your aging aircraft. The average age of the general aviation fleet is now 30 years old.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2004

Doing the checks, writing the checks The prepurchase survey mechanic said that the airplane was airworthy so AOPA members John and Jane signed the papers and bought their first airplane. They flew it for three months before they scheduled its first annual.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

FAA paperwork. Extensive and mostly monotonously uneventful — especially for those of us who are "noncommercial" owners and pilots operating under Part 91 of the federal aviation regulations, and even more especially for those of us who rely on maintenance personnel to keep our maintenance records up to snuff (commercial operators are schooled to maintain records).

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2003

AOPA tackles the ADs An ounce of prevention is worth...well, when it comes to aircraft safety, it depends on whether you're an aircraft owner flying on the margin of affordability, a manufacturer covering its assets, or the FAA issuing an airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of aircraft. You've just opened the letter notifying you that safety-related repairs and/or a schedule of inspections for your aircraft are required, and probably the first rush of feeling that gets through the shock is the "back-pocket blues." How much is this going to cost? It's a good question, and one that is part of the equation that determines AOPA's response on behalf of its more than 400,000 members, says Craig Brown, senior technical specialist for AOPA's Aviation Services department.

FAA heeds AOPA and MOPA, rescinds proposed MU-2 AD

Article | Sep 01, 2003

Heeding AOPA's recommendation, the FAA has officially rescinded an onerous proposed airworthiness directive (AD) on Mitsubishi MU-2 airplanes. The proposed AD, based upon one report of improper maintenance, would have mandated replacement of a part to prevent flap system failure.