Aviation Alerts

PLEASE NOTE: The Cessna Flyer Association posts Airworthiness Directives, Alerts and Service Bulletins as a courtesy for our members and for information only. This listing in not complete and should not be used as the official source of this information. It is up to you to do proper research on what ADs and SBs are appropriate for your aircraft. You are encouraged to contact your licensed A&P mechanic and to reference the official FAA website for correct information. http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/alerts/

FAA AD SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Superior Air Parts and Lycoming Engines fuel-injected reciprocating engines. That AD currently requires removing AVStar Fuel Systems, Inc. (AFS) fuel servos installed after May 20, 2010, if the servo contained an AFS diaphragm, part number (P/N) AV2541801 or P/N AV2541803, from certain production lots. This AD expands the applicability, and changes the compliance interval for all affected Superior Air Parts, Lycoming Engines, and Continental Motors, Inc., fuel-injected reciprocating engines. This AD was prompted by an accident involving a Piper PA32R-301 airplane, and by the discovery of additional engines being affected by the unsafe condition since we issued the existing AD. We are issuing this AD to prevent an in-flight engine shutdown due to a failed fuel servo diaphragm, and damage to the airplane.

FAA AD SUMMARY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Lycoming Engines (L)O-360, (L)IO-360, AEIO-360, O-540, IO-540, AEIO-540, (L)TIO-540, IO-580, and IO-720 series reciprocating engines. That AD currently requires replacing certain crankshafts in the affected engines. This AD continues to require replacing certain crankshafts, corrects the start date of affected engine models in Lycoming Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 569A to the start date in Supplement No. 1 to Lycoming MSB No. 569A, dated May 27, 2009, and includes additional (formerly experimental) IO-390, AEIO-390, and AEIO-580 series engine models having affected crankshafts. This AD was prompted by Lycoming Engines discovering that the start date of affected engine models in MSB No. 569A is incorrect and the need to include additional engine models having the affected crankshafts. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the crankshaft, which will result in total engine power loss, in-flight engine failure, and possible loss of the aircraft.

FAA AD SUMMARY: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2011-26-04 for certain fuel injected reciprocating engines manufactured by Lycoming Engines. AD 2011-26-04 required inspection, replacement if necessary, and proper clamping of externally mounted fuel injector fuel lines. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2011-26-04, and expands the list of affected engine models. This AD was prompted by revised service information that added engine models to the applicability. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fuel injector fuel lines, which could lead to uncontrolled engine fire, engine damage, and damage to the airplane.

FAA AD SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Lycoming Engines (formerly Textron Lycoming) models 320, 360, and 540 series, ‘‘Parallel Valve''reciprocating engines, with certain Engine Components, Inc. (ECi) cylinder assemblies, part number (P/N) AEL65102 series ‘‘Titan,'' installed.

That AD currently requires initial and repetitive visual inspections and compression tests to detect cracks at the head-to-barrel interface, replacement of cylinder assemblies found cracked, and replacement of certain cylinder assemblies at new, reduced times-in-service. This AD requires the same actions, but for an expanded population of cylinder assemblies.

This AD results from reports of 10 additional cylinder head separations since issuing AD 2008-19-05, on cylinder serial numbers not listed in that AD.

We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of engine power due to cracks at the head-to-barrel interface and possible engine failure caused by separation of a cylinder head, which could result in loss of control of the aircraft.

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A reciprocating engines. This AD was prompted by several reports of cracked engine exhaust pipes. This AD requires inspection of the engine exhaust pipes for cracks and replacement of the turbocharger mounting bracket. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the exhaust system due to cracking, which could lead to uncontrolled engine fire, harmful exhaust gases entering the cabin resulting in crew incapacitation, and damage to the airplane.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) 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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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) 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.

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We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Models 172R and 172S airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of chafing of a new configuration of the fuel return line assembly, which was caused by the fuel return line assembly rubbing against the right steering tube assembly during rudder pedal actuation. This AD requires you to install the forward and aft fuel return line support clamps and brackets; inspect for a minimum clearance between the fuel return line assembly and the steering tube assembly and clearance between the fuel return line assembly and the airplane structure; and, if any damage is found, replace the fuel return line assembly. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to all Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 190, 195 (L-126A,B,C), 195A, and 195B airplanes that are equipped with certain inboard aileron hinge brackets. The AD docket number in the preamble section and the rule portion of the AD is incorrect. Also, the statement that no comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) were received is incorrect. This document corrects these errors. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises pilots, operators, and manufacturers of airplanes of the results that can occur if airplane flight manual (AFM) limitations, instructions, or placard information for adding fuel system ice inhibitors (FSII) are not adequately highlighted and closely followed for airplanes that require these additives for safe operation. 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.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises registered owners, operators, and original equipment manufacturers of transport category airplanes having certain Koito Industries passenger seats of information related to Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–12–01.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities of airplanes equipped with Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC (HET) (formerly Kelly Aerospace) fuel pumps, part number (P/N) 200F-5xxx, of possible fuel leaks. 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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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners, operators, and riggers of Basik Air Concept Parachutes that the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (France) or Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) has issued Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) UF-2012-007. This EAD specifies that European owners and operators return to the manufacturer all reserve parachute systems manufactured by Basik Air Concept and delivered after September 30, 2011 without a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Form 1 release certificate. The airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) informs owners, operators, and maintenance personnel of Cessna Aircraft Company Model 172Q airplanes about the potential for installation of the propeller using the incorrect propeller mounting bolt torque. At this time, this airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 39.

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We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) (previously COLUMBIA or LANCAIR) Models LC40-550FG, LC41-550FG, and LC42-550FG airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that during maximum braking, if the brakes lock up and a skid occurs, a severe oscillatory yawing motion or ''wheel walk'' may develop, which could result in further significant structural damage to the airplane. This AD requires insertions into the pilot's operating handbook (POH) and the airplane maintenance manuals (AMM) regarding proper use of the brakes and inspection of the aft fuselage. We are issuing this AD to correct the
unsafe condition on these products.

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We are superseding AD 2000-04-01 that applies to certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R, 172S, 182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, and T206H airplanes. AD 2000-04-01 currently requires an inspection of the engine oil pressure switch and, if applicable, replacement of the engine oil pressure switch. This AD increases the applicability of the AD, places a life-limit of 3,000 hours time-in-service on the engine oil pressure switch, and requires replacement when the engine oil pressure switch reaches its life limit. This AD was prompted by new reports of internal failure of the engine oil pressure switch, which could result in complete loss of engine oil with
consequent partial or complete loss of engine power or fire. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hartzell Propeller, Inc. propeller models HC-(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-7, HC-(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-8, and HC-(1,D)3(X,V,MV)20-8. This AD was prompted by failures of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm and resulting engine oil leak. This AD requires replacement of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm. We are issuing this AD to prevent propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm rupture, loss of engine oil, damage to the engine, and loss of the airplane.

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We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-24-09 for Lycoming Engines TIO-540-AK1A, and Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) TSIO-360-MB, TSIO-360-SB, and TSIO-360-RB reciprocating engines, with certain Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) turbochargers, model TA0411, installed. AD 2012-24-09 required removing certain HET turbochargers from service before further flight. This AD also requires removing certain HET turbochargers from service before further flight. This AD was prompted by a report that an additional engine, the CMI LTSIO-360-RB, has the affected HET turbochargers installed. We are issuing this AD to prevent turbocharger turbine wheel failure, reduction or complete loss of engine power, loss of engine oil, oil fire, and damage to the airplane.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is written to inform and remind owners and operators about changes contained in manufacturers' navigation database updates. The cyclical updates may exclude certain navigation data including approach procedures, which makes this information unavailable for selection on the aircraft flight management system or navigation equipment.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that 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. The FAA continues to monitor these issues with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH TAE 125-01 reciprocating engines. This AD requires applying sealant to close the engine clutch housing (crankcase assembly) opening. This AD was prompted by a report of engine power loss due to engine coolant contaminating the engine clutch. The design of the engine allows the crankcase assembly opening to be susceptible to contamination from external sources. We are issuing this AD to prevent in-flight engine power loss, which could result in loss of control of, and damage to, the airplane.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises owners and operators of certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 500, 550, S550, 552 and 560 airplanes modified by Sierra Industries, Ltd. STC SA8437SW and Cessna Aircraft Company Model 501 and 551 airplanes modified by Sierra Industries, Ltd. STC SA8458SW (Type Certificate Data Sheets A22CE and A27CE, respectively) of an airworthiness concern regarding radome latch covers.
At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners, operators, and maintainers of Merl, Inc. Batteries, used in Narco Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), that there is a potential maintenance oversight related to inspection requirements in § 91.207 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR 91.207). This maintenance oversight could lead to undetected battery leakage and subsequent corrosion that could result in the ELT becoming inoperable. Regulatory action is not required at this time since the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under 14 CFR part 39.

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