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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Heeding AOPA's recommendation, the FAA has officially rescinded an onerous proposed airworthiness directive (AD) on Mitsubishi MU-2 airplanes.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.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2003

Researchers delve into the effects of time on aircraft Should U.S. pilots be concerned when a foreign air safety agency issues airworthiness directives (ADs) that apply to their airplanes? Does a foreign AD that establishes a life limit on a vital airplane component, such as a wing, merely signal that foreign aviation safety agencies are overly conservative, or should U.S.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2003

When aircraft equipment isn't STCed You've just returned from AOPA Expo where you've spotted a piece of equipment that you are sure will complete your airplane. So you run to your mechanic and tell him what you've found.

FAA responds to AOPA, approves less costly inspections for Ercoupe wing spar

Article | Mar 01, 2003

The FAA this week issued a final airworthiness directive (AD) incorporating recommendations made by AOPA and the Ercoupe Owners Club (EOC) for alternative wing spar inspection procedures. AOPA and EOC had opposed the FAA's proposed inspection procedures as too costly and less effective at detecting corrosion than other available methods.

Waypoints

Article | Jan 01, 2003

AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines has flown dozens of models of piston and turbine airplanes.

AOPA asks FAA to rescind changes to field approval policy

Article | Nov 25, 2002

James J. BalloughDirector, Flight Standards ServiceFederal Aviation Administration800 Independence Ave., SWWashington, DC 20591 Revised FAA Flight Standards Airworthiness Inspectors Handbook 8300.10 Vol.2 Chapter 1—"Field Approvals" Dear Mr.

FAA delays start date for new repair station rule

Article | Nov 05, 2002

U.S. Department of TransportationDocket Management System400 7th Street, SWRoom PL 401Washington, DC 20591-0001 RE: AEA/AIA/ASA/NATA Petition Dated 21 October 2002 to Postpone Implementation of the Changes to 14 CFR §145 To Whom It May Concern: The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), representing the interests of its more than 387,000 members who own, operate, and maintain aircraft, supports the postponement of the planned changes to the regulations pertaining to certificated repair stations, Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 145.

Budget Buys

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2002

Beechcraft BE-77 Skipper: A plush trainer that's a good buy The Beechcraft Skipper (type designator BE-77) is one of general aviation's rarae aves, a limited-production T-tail trainer that was only built for three years, from 1979 to 1981. It came on the scene just when GA sales hit their peak, and its assembly line shut down just as small aircraft sales began the downward spiral of the 1980s.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2002

Every pilot understands that it is his or her responsibility to be sure that the aircraft about to be flown is in good condition. It's common sense.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2002

Manufacturers' service information is a valuable resource for airplane owners The Book of Great Books condensed Charles Dickens' David Copperfield down to eight pages. A current paperback version of this sentimental English memoir/novel fills 912 pages.