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Rotor crack prompts alert

Article | Feb 27, 2015

The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.

No cable mandate coming

Advocacy | Jan 22, 2015

The FAA has determined that an existing special airworthiness information bulletin is sufficient, and will not echo Australia’s new limits on certain control cable aseemblies.

Revised proposal still calls for early ECi cylinder retirement

Advocacy | Jan 12, 2015

The FAA has released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking affecting ECi cylinders, but AOPA says the new proposal doesn't do enough to mitigate the impact on aircraft owners.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Jan 05, 2015

An in-depth exhaust system inspection should be done as part of the aircraft's annual inspection.

Exhausting maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 23, 2014

Exhaust systems are one of the few systems in our aircraft where a single point of failure can be catastrophic. Here are tips for inspecting the system for safety during every preflight. This is one area in which catching an issue on the ground can make all the difference in the world.

Breaking up is hard to do: Switching maintenance shops

Aircraft Maintenance | Dec 11, 2014

You should stick with someone you trust for the long-term maintenance of your aircraft assuming he or she is skilled and thorough. That said, there is significant value to getting a fresh pair of eyes on your airplane every so often.

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.