Airworthiness

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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.

NTSB: Action needed on ECi cylinders

Article | Feb 28, 2012

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that the FAA require repetitive inspection of some cylinder assemblies on Teledyne Continental Motors Model 520 and 540 engines not covered by existing airworthiness directives issued following engine failures.

FAA drops plan to modify Beechcraft spar web ADs

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2012

The FAA, responding to an effort led by the American Bonanza Society and supported by AOPA, has shelved plans to modify two existing airworthiness directives (ADs) that require inspections of carry-through spars for cracks on many Beech Debonair, Bonanza, Travel Air, and Baron aircraft. The decision is seen cumulatively saving aircraft owners $2.1 million to $3.5 million in immediate repair costs.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Airworthiness

Article | Sep 01, 2011

I remember how surprised I was as a student pilot when we finished up a preflight of the airplane we'd flown a few times before, and my flight instructor asked me, "Are you sure this airplane is airworthy?" The preflight had indicated no problems, so I cleared my throat, and suppressed a bit of uncertainty as I quipped, "It better be - we've flown it three or four times already." He chuckled, then answered seriously, "Let's go have a look at its logbooks." And here I'd thought the only important logbook was the cherished one I kept in my new flight bag. We walked into the maintenance facility and there I got my first lesson on airworthiness - and realized it involved a whole lot more than a thorough preflight.

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

Safety Pilot:

Article | Feb 01, 2010

In-flight breakups are extremely rare in all models of aircraft when they are operated inside the approved flight envelope. Outside the design limits anything can be broken and no one is surprised.

Answers for Pilots: Selling an aircraft across the border

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Calls have jumped in AOPA's Pilot Information Center concerning U.S. aircraft sales to international buyers. Questions typically involve helping the seller understand what is involved in exporting an aircraft. The process of selling an aircraft can be challenging enough, but when you add exporting that aircraft to a buyer across the border, or across the ocean, the task can seem daunting. AOPA is here to help! We’ll discuss a few of the most important aspects of the exporting process, including the Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregistering the aircraft, and options for transporting the aircraft to the buyer’s location, as well as providing specific information for exporting to Canada.

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.