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FAA to modify Cessna doorpost-inspection AD

The FAA is giving the operators of numerous models of Cessna single-engine airplanes a second opportunity to weigh in on an airworthiness directive it proposed in 2018 to inspect aircraft for metal-fatigue cracking of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead, and make needed repairs.

The Federal Aviation Administration is one of the many government agencies that have influence over general aviation. Photo by David Tulis.

Several provisions of the proposed AD, which affects an estimated 14,653 airplanes, have been modified based on feedback the FAA received from AOPA and others in the first round of public comments.

Changes to AD provisions include increasing the expected labor time to comply, extending the intervals of proposed repetitive inspections of the lower area of the forward cabin doorposts at the strut attach fitting from 12 months or 1,000 hours time in service to 36 calendar months or 1,000 hours; granting credit for previous actions to address the problem; adding a reporting requirement; and other elements.

AOPA reported in February 2018 that the FAA proposed the AD after an operator’s report prompted an investigation that turned up “more than four dozen similar cracks” on Cessna 207 airplanes. The other Cessna aircraft models affected by the proposal have design components shared with the Cessna 207, the FAA said.

Members who wish to submit new comments may do so until July 13 online or by mail to U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. Include “Docket No. FAA-2018-0049; Product Identifier 2017-CE-031-AD” at the beginning of your comments.

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Topics: Aircraft, Ownership, Airworthiness

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