The FAA this week announced a final rule that streamlines and clarifies its airworthiness directive (AD) format, making it easier for aircraft owners to interpret these important directives. The new format utilizes charts and tables and focuses attention on "the unsafe conditions that created the need for the directive," according to the FAA.
"While plain language is great and we appreciate the FAA's effort, of more significance to aircraft owners is the airworthiness concern process (ACP)," said AOPA Director Lance Nuckolls.
"The ACP is a cooperative effort between the aviation industry and the FAA to allow industry input in the development of airworthiness issues before, or even in lieu of, a proposed or final AD." AOPA Online serves as the "central hub" for distribution of airworthiness concern sheets to aircraft type clubs and submittal of type club comments to the FAA. For more information, see AOPA's regulatory brief.