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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.

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 Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2005

AOPA General Counsel John S. Yodice has been reporting on aviation law for more than 30 years.

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.

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).

Turbine Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2003

New meaning to the phrase 'Ready to fly' Piston-engine aircraft maintenance requirements are relatively simple: Change the oil, comply with an occasional airworthiness directive, get an annual, and fix it when it breaks. But with turbine-powered aircraft the requirements are a bit more demanding and detailed.

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.

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.