Archive for February, 2013

FAA Bulletin on Cessna 172, 182, 210 and Crusader Landing Gear

Friday, February 8th, 2013

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-13-16 advises owners and operators of Cessna Aircraft Company Models 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, P210N, P210R, and T303 airplanes, of an airworthiness concern, regarding landing gear hydraulic power pack systems.

At this time, the airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

Cessna 303 Crusader, Landing Gear

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FAA Bulletin on Continental Engines

Friday, February 8th, 2013

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) NE-13-15 is to advise you, registered owners, operators, and certified repair facilities, of airplanes equipped with Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI), continuous flow, fuel injected engines (except FADEC-equipped engines), of an airworthiness concern related to certain throttle and mixture control levers. Affected engines include all IO-240, IO-360, LTSIO-360, TSIO-360, IO-346, IO-470, GIO-470, TSIO-470, IO-520, GTSIO-520, LIO-520, TSIO-520, IO-550, GIO-550, TSIO-550, and TSIOL-550 continuous flow, fuel injected engines (except FADEC-equipped engines). The airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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AD on Tail rotor blades for MD 500N, 600N and MD900 Helicopters

Friday, February 8th, 2013

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) 2013-03-03 for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model 500N, 600N and MD900 helicopters to require determining the cure date for each NOTAR fan blade tension-torsion strap (T-T strap), establishing a calendar-time retirement life for certain T-T straps, reducing the retirement life of certain T-T straps, marking each T-T strap with the expiration date, creating a component record card for each T-T strap, and revising the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance manual to reflect the changes to the retirement life. This AD was prompted by a report from the T-T strap manufacturer that, over a period of time, moisture may reduce the strength of a T-T strap. The actions are intended to prevent failure of a T-T strap, loss of directional control and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES: This AD is effective March 15, 2013.

Helicopters

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21) Super Cub Airplanes

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-13-14 alerts you, owners and operators of certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model PA-18 (L-21) Super Cub airplanes, of cracking discovered in the weld joint of the aft fuselage tail post. This SAIB also provides guidance on recommended inspections for various Piper airplane models with similar tail post configurations. At this time, this airworthiness concern has not been determined to be an unsafe condition that would warrant AD action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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AD on Stabilizer Control System for Piper Warrior, Cherokee and Seminole just to name a few

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) 2013-02-13 for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (type certificate previously held by The New Piper Aircraft Inc.) PA-28, PA-32, PA-34, and PA-44 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of control cable assembly failures that may lead to failure of the horizontal stabilator control system and could result in loss of pitch control. This AD requires inspections of the stabilator control system and replacement of parts as necessary. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective March 11, 2013.

A few of the aircraft affected Piper Warrior, Piper Cherokee, Piper Seminole, Piper Cherokee Six, Piper Lance, Piper Saratoga, PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-151, PA-28-160, PA-28-161, PA-28-180, PA-28-181, PA-28-201T, PA-28-235, PA-28-236, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA-28R-201, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-28S-160, PA-28S-180, PA-32-260, PA-32-300, PA-32-301, PA-32-301FT, PA-32-301T, PA-32-301XTC, PA-32R-300, PA-32R-301, PA-32R-301, PA-32R-301T, PA-32RT-300, PA-32RT-300T, PA-32S-300, PA-34-200, PA-34-200T, PA-34-220T, PA-44-180, PA-44-180T

Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 34,013 airplanes of U.S. registry and the following costs to comply with this AD:

  • Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators
  • Inspection of the horizontal: stabilator control system. 5 work-hours × $85/per hour = $425 Cost per product = $425

The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary replacements that would be required based on the results of the inspection, but has no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these replacements.

  • Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Replacement of all stabilator control cable system—per set of cables.
    • 10 work-hours × $85/per hour = $850
    • Parts Cost $608

    Piper Seminole, Piper Cherokee Six, Piper Lance, Piper Saratoga, PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-151, PA-28-160, PA-28-161, PA-28-180, PA-28-181, PA-28-201T, PA-28-235, PA-28-236, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA-28R-201, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-28S-160, PA-28S-180, PA-32-260, PA-32-300, PA-32-301, PA-32-301FT, PA-32-301T, PA-32-301XTC, PA-32R-300, PA-32R-301, PA-32R-301, PA-32R-301T, PA-32RT-300, PA-32RT-300T, PA-32S-300, PA-34-200, PA-34-200T, PA-34-220T, PA-44-180, PA-44-180T

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