The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) affecting several of Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft Bonanza models, limiting the life of an exhaust-pipe v-band coupling and requiring repetitive inspections of the part.
The AD, which takes effect May 3, applies to many A36TC, B36TC, S35, V35, V35A, and V35B airplanes. It was issued in response to a fatal accident in which the exhaust tailpipe fell off an aircraft during takeoff, the FAA said.
The v-band coupling must be repetitively replaced at intervals not to exceed 500 hours time in service after the initial replacement—the timing of which depends on whether the time-in-service of the existing coupling can be determined.
The FAA said the AD affects 731 airplanes. Estimated costs include $42.50 to perform the inspection, and $470 to replace the coupling.
The American Bonanza Society’s Air Safety Foundation submitted formal comments supporting the AD and noted that its maintenance advisers “agree with the need for turbocharger exhaust clamp life limits based on their experience in the field.”