Airworthiness

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FAA drops plan to modify Beechcraft spar web ADs

Advocacy | Jan 05, 2012

The FAA, responding to an effort led by the American Bonanza Society and supported by AOPA, has shelved plans to modify two existing airworthiness directives (ADs) that require inspections of carry-through spars for cracks on many Beech Debonair, Bonanza, Travel Air, and Baron aircraft. The decision is seen cumulatively saving aircraft owners $2.1 million to $3.5 million in immediate repair costs.

Answers for Pilots: Aircraft Airworthiness

Article | Sep 01, 2011

I remember how surprised I was as a student pilot when we finished up a preflight of the airplane we'd flown a few times before, and my flight instructor asked me, "Are you sure this airplane is airworthy?" The preflight had indicated no problems, so I cleared my throat, and suppressed a bit of uncertainty as I quipped, "It better be - we've flown it three or four times already." He chuckled, then answered seriously, "Let's go have a look at its logbooks." And here I'd thought the only important logbook was the cherished one I kept in my new flight bag. We walked into the maintenance facility and there I got my first lesson on airworthiness - and realized it involved a whole lot more than a thorough preflight.

FAA issues AD on DA42 landing gear

Article | Jun 01, 2011

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive on Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model DA42 twin-engine airplanes, requiring replacement of aluminum main landing gear joints with steel joints

Safety Pilot:

Article | Feb 01, 2010

In-flight breakups are extremely rare in all models of aircraft when they are operated inside the approved flight envelope. Outside the design limits anything can be broken and no one is surprised.

Answers for Pilots: Selling an aircraft across the border

Article | Jan 01, 2010

Calls have jumped in AOPA's Pilot Information Center concerning U.S. aircraft sales to international buyers. Questions typically involve helping the seller understand what is involved in exporting an aircraft. The process of selling an aircraft can be challenging enough, but when you add exporting that aircraft to a buyer across the border, or across the ocean, the task can seem daunting. AOPA is here to help! We’ll discuss a few of the most important aspects of the exporting process, including the Export Certificate of Airworthiness, deregistering the aircraft, and options for transporting the aircraft to the buyer’s location, as well as providing specific information for exporting to Canada.

Taking the sting out of the 150/152’s rudder AD

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2009

The FAA has responded to an AOPA letter asking for an explanation of a June 17 airworthiness directive that addresses the Cessna 150/152 rudder assembly.

Aircraft are only as old as they feel

Article | May 01, 2008

When it comes to addressing corrosion or other maintenance issues in aging aircraft, AOPA wants to make sure the corrective measures are based on maintenance and usage, not solely on age.

Airframe and Powerplant: Assisted Living

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2008

Only Superman is immune to the ticking of the clock. Mountains aren’t, nor are man-made creations, such as marble statues or the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

Two Dreaded Words

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2007

the most are "prop strike." The thought of the damage and cost involved makes all of us shudder. But what is a prop strike and what exactly are the ramifications? My investigation started with my need for another engine for my Cessna 210.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2007

These aircraft-quality rubber bands are essential Bungee cords are well known for keeping thrill-seeking jumpers from hurting themselves. But did you know that bungee cords were used in the Spirit of St.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2007

Why your engine loves its lube In his classic aviation novel Fate Is the Hunter, author Ernest K. Gann writes about serendipity — stepping out of his routine to follow a hunch — as the reason he was able to spot a river of engine oil boiling out of his airplane's oil tank filler port.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2006

John S. Yodice and his associates provide legal counsel to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

FAA issues AD for ECi cylinders on Lycoming engines

Article | Sep 01, 2006

FAA issues AD for ECi cylinders on Lycoming engines The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) requiring the replacement of certain ECi "Classic Cast" cylinder assemblies installed on Lycoming 320-, 360-, and 540-series parallel valve engines. "The cylinders are installed on more than 1,500 Lycoming engines in the United States," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of certification policy.

Lycoming crankshaft AD expands

Article | Jun 01, 2006

Lycoming crankshaft AD expands The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would expand the Lycoming crankshaft airworthiness directive (AD) to an additional 325 aircraft. The rule would require replacing the crankshaft in certain Lycoming 360-series engines that were built or overhauled after March 1, 1999.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

The difference is crucial Aircraft maintenance is serious business. Putting the obvious safety considerations aside, not complying with airworthiness directives and the associated maintenance regulations could mean enforcement trouble for the aircraft owner or operator, as well as for the mechanic.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

John S. Yodice, legal counsel for AOPA and IAOPA, owns and flies a Cessna 310.

Airframe and Powerplant

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Can yours handle the heat and the pressure? It was a simpler world when the Bureau of Air Commerce, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, issued Aeronautics Bulletin No.

Airframe and Powerplant

Article | Oct 01, 2005

How FAA information helps owners Airplane owners who take an interest in the full scope of ownership — not just in the piloting skills required to plan and complete their flights — learn that the real struggle involved in ownership boils down to information. There's no shortage — it seems as if everyone even remotely involved in aviation fancies himself an expert on some subject and is willing to share his expertise.

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.