Heeding AOPA's recommendation, the FAA has officially rescinded an onerous proposed airworthiness directive (AD) on Mitsubishi MU-2 airplanes.
The proposed AD, based upon one report of improper maintenance, would have mandated replacement of a part to prevent flap system failure.
"This would have cost more than $20,000 per airplane," said AOPA Associate Director Andy Werking. "AOPA and the MU-2 Owners and Pilots Association (MOPA) successfully opposed the AD, pointing out that a 1988 AD already requires repetitive inspections of the part. In 15 years there has been only one report of a failure, which was determined to be the result of improper maintenance."