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Budget Buy: Old reliable

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

The Cessna 172 is considered the ideal starter airplane while you are still deciding what you need.

P&E/Ownership: No screw left behind

Pilot Magazine | Nov 07, 2014

I knew about owner-assisted annuals, but it had not occurred to me to do one—any more than it would have occurred to me to take my car to a local garage and ask to help out with a tune-up.

Training Tip: Preflight perfect

Article | Nov 03, 2014

Remember your introduction to the preflight inspection of your trainer? This was an entirely new idea.

Williams extends FJ44 inspection interval

Article | Oct 21, 2014

Williams International says customers in its Total Assurance Program for engine maintenance can extend all FJ44 models to an engine overhaul interval of 5,000 hours.

Aircraft maintenance: Major vs. minor alterations

Aircraft Maintenance | Oct 08, 2014

The most important place to start with any repair or alteration is with an assessment of whether it is a major or minor alteration. This is critical because the approval and documentation requirements for major vs. minor alterations are significantly different and, in fact, can be the difference between a simple logbook entry and a complex FAA approval process.

Comments support heater AD inspection provisions

Advocacy | Oct 08, 2014

AOPA has submitted formal comments to the FAA on a proposed airworthiness directive to update the inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) Inc. combustion heaters.

Mandate by other method?

Advocacy | Oct 01, 2014

Maintenance experts have asked the FAA to clarify whether recurring inspections of Cessna 210-series aircraft can be mandated without following required rulemaking procedures.

Fire risk prompts AD

Advocacy | Aug 25, 2014

Citing one known fatal accident, the FAA has proposed stricter inspection requirements for Meggitt (Troy) combustion heaters.

Airworthiness bulletin issued on Piper air inlet hoses

Advocacy | Aug 11, 2014

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin urging inspections of air inlet hoses used on some models of Piper single- and multiengine aircraft.

Superior AMOC gets grounded aircraft flying

Advocacy | May 20, 2014

Aircraft that have been grounded by an airworthiness directive affecting some Superior Air Parts replacement cylinder assemblies can get back in the air thanks to an alternative means of compliance approved by the FAA on May 19.

AOPA repeats call to withdraw ECi cylinder AD

Advocacy | May 15, 2014

AOPA is once again asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

AOPA, Superior, FAA work to minimize aircraft downtime

Advocacy | Apr 25, 2014

AOPA, Superior Air Parts, and the FAA are continuing to work toward a solution for aircraft affected by the Superior Air Parts cylinder airworthiness directive.

FAA seeks to update DA40 main-spar AD

Advocacy | Apr 15, 2014

The FAA proposes to supersede an airworthiness directive requiring modification of the aft main spar of some Diamond Aircraft DA40 and DA40F airplanes.

Analysis shows FAA underestimated ECi cylinder AD impact

Advocacy | Mar 24, 2014

New analysis published by the FAA shows that the agency underestimated the impact of a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

AOPA formally opposes ECi cylinder AD

Article | Dec 11, 2013

AOPA is asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that could affect thousands of ECi cylinders.

Hawaii hangar tenants cited

Advocacy | Nov 21, 2013

Rob Moore was looking at a criminal charge for keeping a golf cart in his rented hangar at Hawaii’s Honolulu International Airport, a golf cart he had received permission to use for moving his aircraft.

NTSB supports practical approach to ECi cylinder AD

Article | Nov 14, 2013

In an unusual move the NTSB tells the FAA it supports a more conservative approach to addressing problems with thousands of ECi cylinders.

At AOPA request, FAA seeks more comments on proposed ECi AD

Article | Sep 26, 2013

The FAA has responded to an AOPA request with new information and an extended comment period on a proposed AD affecting thousands of ECi cylinders.

AOPA asks FAA to withdraw proposed cylinder AD

Article | Sep 05, 2013

AOPA and six other organizations are asking the FAA to withdraw a proposed airworthiness directive that would affect thousands of Continental engines and provide more detailed justification for the plan.

Baron owners hit with AD

Article | Aug 21, 2013

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive requiring inspection of elevator balance weights on some Beech Baron twins.

How to reduce maintenance costs and downtime?

Article | Aug 14, 2013

Maintenance is a key cost associated with flying club operations that can be controlled through effective management. A maintenance officer is normally assigned to manage the club aircraft to track inspections, maintenance issues, and scheduling. In the club environment especially with older aircraft, maintenance squawks can add up quickly, potentially keeping an aircraft grounded.

Cylinder-removal AD would increase costs, decrease safety

Article | Aug 12, 2013

A proposed airworthiness directive would order inspection and removal of aftermarket cylinders used on Teledyne-Continental engines in many popular general aviation aircraft.

Tap your inner mechanic with five aviation maintenance apps

Article | Jun 21, 2013

The digital revolution in aviation makes its way into the maintenance arena with these five apps.