An FAA/industry working group examining the safety issue of V-band coupling failures on turbocharged reciprocating engines has asked the public to assist the effort by providing information about their experiences with the turbocharger exhaust pipe interface.
According to an airworthiness concern sheet (ACS) issued Nov. 22, V-band coupling failures affect fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and can lead to “engine bay in-flight fires, smoke/fumes in the cockpit, and engine power loss.”
Information is requested within 90 days of the ACS issue date.
“The working group is looking at this airworthiness concern from a comprehensive perspective to develop safety enhancing corrective actions. We seek your assistance in obtaining in-service data to help drive corrective action decisions,” the document says.
The ACS requests specific information on 14 detailed aspects of V-band couplings, including V-band inspection procedures and criteria, observation and replacement of components, aircraft data, and recommendations for corrective action. It also invites aircraft operators to send along any removed turbocharger or exhaust pipe couplings that may be available.
Responses to the ACS may be emailed to FAA Aerospace Engineer David Hirt. Please send any available removed turbocharger exhaust pipe couplings to Jeff Janusz, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office; 1801 Airport Road, Room 100; Wichita, KS 67209.