The FAA has issued a draft advisory circular (AC), providing guidance on parts and materials substitutions needed to maintain the safety of old or out-of-production aircraft.
AOPA supports the FAA’s efforts to keep vintage aircraft flying and has requested that the agency regularly review and expand the AC. AOPA also asked the FAA to consider creating an online database for vintage aircraft owners that would have real-time information on acceptable parts substitutions.
The association offered to work with the vintage aircraft community and the FAA “to provide the data needed to populate the database and develop new approvals to benefit the safety and viability of the vintage fleet.”
To learn more about caring for these aircraft, take the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s Aging Aircraft online course.