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FAA finalizes Piper cable inspection AD

Article | Feb 06, 2013

An estimated 34,000 Piper aircraft in the U.S. registry are now subject to a new inspection requirement, though complying with the airworthiness directive on stabilator cable inspections can be done during the annual.

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.

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