Airworthiness

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FAA issues emergency AD on Avidyne flight displays

Advocacy | May 19, 2015

The FAA is notifying owners and operators of aircraft equipped with Avidyne integrated flight displays (IFDs) of an emergency airworthiness directive.

Concerns raised about Cessna 120, 140 seat belt brackets

Advocacy | Apr 21, 2015

A special airworthiness information bulletin raises airworthiness concerns about aluminum seat belt mounting brackets installed in Cessna model 120 and 140 aircraft.

Why a Pre Purchase Inspection is Crucial

Article | Mar 25, 2015

Avoiding a pre-purchase inspection could be one of the worst – and most costly – decisions you’ll ever make.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2015

Funky is the best term to describe an Aeronca Champ.

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.

FAA issues emergency Enstrom AD

Article | Feb 14, 2015

An FAA emergency airworthiness directive calls for inspections of certain Enstrom helicopter models after a main rotor separation killed two.

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.

Proposed AD would require more wing lift strut inspections

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2015

A proposed airworthiness directive would expand an existing AD by adding about 200 aircraft to those required to be inspected for wing lift strut corrosion.

Pilot Briefing: Budget Buy

Pilot Magazine | Dec 05, 2014

The Bonanza A36 is the heavy-hauling battlewagon for fighting headwinds.

Pilot Counsel: Defining airworthiness

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2014

A recent opinion of the NTSB in an FAA enforcement case illustrates the sometimes convoluted concept of aircraft “airworthiness.”

Aircraft maintenance: Heater health for your twin

Aircraft Maintenance | Nov 24, 2014

All aircraft heating systems should be inspected prior to seasonal use. Learn considerations specific to the combustion-based heater systems found in most twin-engine aircraft.

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.

Bellanca AD extends fuselage crack inspections

Advocacy | Oct 21, 2014

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to require continued repetitive inspections of aft fuselage structures for cracks on some models of Bellanca airplanes.

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.

FAA issues SAIB for some Piper Aircraft models

Article | Jul 21, 2014

The FAA has released a special airworthiness information bulletin for certain Piper Aircraft models covering the fuel selector valve.

Proposed expansion of PA-28 fuel selector AD withdrawn

Advocacy | Jul 02, 2014

The FAA on June 27 withdrew a proposal to expand an airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28-series 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.

AD proposed for some turboprop engines

Article | Jan 08, 2014

The FAA has proposed an airworthiness directive for some Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. turboprop engines.

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.

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.

Just say ‘no’ to your mechanic

Article | Oct 11, 2013

Saying 'no' to useless maintenance on certain squawk items could save aircraft owners thousands of dollars a year.

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.

FAA seeks to expand Piper fuel selector AD

Article | Aug 21, 2013

The FAA is proposing to add aircraft to an existing airworthiness directive that requires replacing the fuel selector valve cover on certain Piper PA-28 models.

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.

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.

FAA fast-tracks Twin Commander AD

Article | May 15, 2013

The FAA, citing a risk of structural failure, has adopted an airworthiness directive requiring inspection of certain Twin Commander Aircraft LLC models.

Pilot Counsel: No defects?

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

A pilot, while taxiing a Cessna 210D on an established taxiway at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Florida, struck a parked Cessna 560 XL jet that had its tail cone approximately four feet into the taxiway. The pilot inspected the damage to the 210 and said that he found only a paint scratch on its wing-tip fuel tank.

Apr. 19, 2013, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' newsletter

Article | Apr 19, 2013

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FAA, type club team up for circuit-breaker fix

Article | Mar 19, 2013

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) affecting some Beechcraft, Cessna, and other aircraft equipped with switch-style circuit breakers that have experienced continued failures despite previous attempts to correct problems. The FAA issued the SAIB, rather than a new airworthiness directive pertaining to W31 series switch style circuit breakers manufactured by Tyco or Potter Brumfield, after evaluating information collected from aircraft owners and operators.

New AD addresses fuel return line chafing in Cessna 172s

Article | Feb 12, 2013

The FAA, acting on reports of chafed fuel-return lines in some Cessna 172R and 172S single-engine airplanes, has adopted an AD requiring installation of some support hardware, inspection, and replacement of any damaged fuel-return line assemblies.

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.