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Alpha Aviation Inc. Receives New Shoulder Harness STC approval

Alpha Aviation Inc. Receives New Shoulder Harness STC approval

OWATONNA, MINN., Sept. 5, 2019 – Alpha Aviation Inc’s. 3-point Diagonal Shoulder Harness STC kit for Cessna Models 150/152 is now FAA approved using OEM quality AmSafe restraint assemblies meeting TSO-C114. 

FAA STC SA04389CH includes belt assemblies and hardware for the installation of 3-point diagonal shoulder harness restraints in the pilot and copilot positions.

Cessna 150, 150A, B, C, D & E aircraft will require this STC for the installation of nut plates to accommodate the addition of 3-point diagonal restraints.

Cessna 150F, G, H, J and K have existing factory installed nut plates. The upgrade to 3-point diagonal fixed strap restraints does not require an STC; it is accomplished by minor change. The upgrade to 3-point diagonal inertial reel restraints will require this STC to accommodate the positioning of the inertial reels. 

Cessna 150L, M and 152 aircraft have existing factory installed nutplates. The replacement of the 3-point diagonal fixed strap diagonal restraints does not require an STC and can be accomplished by minor change. The upgrade to 3-point diagonal inertial reel-equipped restraints will require this STC to accommodate the positioning of the reels. 

STC SA04389CH for Cessna Models 150/152 includes two shoulder harnesses (fixed strap or inertial reel equipped); two new lap belts with buckles and end fittings; FAA Form 8130-3 Airworthiness Certificate and Certificate of Conformance; all required hardware; detailed installation manual with drawings; and Supplemental Type Certificate and STC authorization.

The price for the fixed strap STC kit is $949 (2 seats). The inertial reel equipped STC kit* costs $1,169 (2 seats). A fixed strap replacement shoulder and lap belt is $409 (1 seat).

Stock colors for belts are black, cruiser gray and fawn (tan). Other colors are available at no additional cost.

For more information and to order, visit alphaaviation.com/cessna-150-152.

*Currently taking pre-orders. Shipping expected to start mid-October 2019.

 

Airworthiness Concern Sheet: FreeFlight systems FDL-978-XVR

Reason for Airworthiness Concern:

Latent failure of FreeFlight Systems ADS-B unit, model number FDL-978-XVR, to display air traffic or transmit location to other aircraft with active ADS-B In.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Description of Airworthiness Concern:

Request for Information (For example: Proposed alternate inspection or repair procedures, cost impact, etc. Your comments or replies to the FAA need to be as specific as possible. Please provide specific examples to illustrate your comments or concerns.)

We have received reports of latent failures of FreeFlight model FDL-978-XVR ADS-B units. Troubleshooting determined that some units failed completely, while other units failed intermittently. Attempts to update the software and change any unit settings failed, as most parameters were “greyed out” and unable to be changed. Additionally, the failed units gave no indication of failure to the pilot.

Continental Aerospace Technologies announces a new Prime drop-in Engine Replacement for the Cessna 172

Continental Aerospace Technologies announces a new Prime drop-in Engine Replacement for the Cessna 172

OSHKOSH, July 22, 2019 – Continental, an AVIC International Holding (HK) LTD company (HKEX: 232.HK), announces a new STC to install a Prime IO-370-D3A3 engine into Cessna R and S series 172s.

The economical, fuel-injected four-cylinder power-plant is an economical option to replace the original engine at TBO for 180 hp Cessna 172 R and S models.

The Prime IO-370-D3A3 delivers 180 hp, includes roller tappets and comes with a recommended TBO of 2,200 hours that extends to 2,400 hours for high utilization aircraft. 

The STC includes the engine, a Bendix impulse coupled ignition system to provide improved starting and reduced magneto maintenance, a starter, fuel system and associated STC paperwork to complete the installation on Cessna 172s currently using a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine. 

The STC is priced at $27,226, delivering a factory new replacement engine at a level approaching that of field overhauls.

“As always, Continental is committed to bring more value to General Aviation. Our Prime IO-370 is a factory new engine with a factory new engine warranty, priced at a point that makes you wonder why you would overhaul your current engine,” said Chris Kuehn, Vice-President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, Continental.

“Add to this our customer focus, and you have a solution that will be favored by fleet operators and owners alike. This is why we fly with you,” Kuehn continued.

The complete kit is available to order today, with deliveries starting in September 2019. 

Continental’s regional sales managers are immediately available to help customers place orders and plan deliveries. Visit continental.aero/company/contact-us.aspx.

 

2018-NE-39-AD; Amendment 39-19676; AD 2019-13-03 Trig Avionics Limited Transponders

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2018-1081; Product Identifier 2018-NE-39-AD; Amendment 39-19676; AD 2019-13-03]
RIN 2120-AA64
Airworthiness Directives; Trig Avionics Limited Transponders
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Trig Avionics Limited TT31, Avidyne Corporation AXP340, and BendixKing/Honeywell International KT74 Mode S transponders. This AD was prompted by the discovery that the retaining cam that engages in the mounting tray may not withstand g-forces experienced during an emergency landing. This AD requires one-time inspection of the transponder installation and, depending on the findings, removal of the affected transponder for modification. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 27, 2019.

Download PDF of this AD below:

 

Textron Aviation celebrates light jet segment leadership with the delivery of its 300th Cessna Citation CJ4

Textron Aviation celebrates light jet segment leadership with the delivery of its 300th Cessna Citation CJ4

WICHITA, KS (June 27, 2019) – Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc.  (NYSE:TXT) company, celebrated its leadership of the light jet segment with the delivery of the 300th Cessna Citation CJ4, the industry's top performing aircraft in this segment. The milestone aircraft was delivered today to McNeilus Steel, based in Dodge Center, Minnesota.

 “The Citation CJ4 continues to be a standout in the light jet segment due to its combination of high performance, low operating costs and class-leading cabin amenities,” said Rob Scholl, Textron Aviation senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. “Our light jet product range, led by the Citation CJ4, continues to pace this segment globally in terms of deliveries, primarily because customers appreciate what they get in terms of productivity and value.”  

Founded in 1948, McNeilus Steel is a family owned metals distribution business and employs more than 450 people across locations in Dodge Center, Minnesota, Fargo, North Dakota, and Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. McNeilus is upgrading to full ownership of a CJ4, having been a fractional owner of a Cessna Citation CJ1+ since 2016.   

“Our reputation is built on customer service and our Citation CJ4 will help us strengthen that reputation through even more personal interaction with our customers,” said Levi McNelius, director of Purchasing at McNelius.

Introduced in 2010, the Citation CJ4 is the largest of the Cessna light jet family of aircraft that includes the Citation CJ3+ and the Citation M2. The CJ4 allows customers to go further with the leading range-to-payload ratio and a best-in-class IFR range of 1,926 nautical miles (3,567 km) with a maximum cruise speed of 451 knots (true airspeed).

The CJ4 is certified for single pilot operation, has seating for nine passengers and includes a notable 1,040-pound baggage capability. Other features include single point refueling, an externally serviceable lavatory and excellent range, delivering what crew and cabin passengers appreciate.

Leading the light jet segment

Cessna Citations continue to lead this segment, with over 5,000 light jets delivered throughout the world, offering customers the broadest range of products on the market. From the popular entry level Cessna Citation M2, to the upgraded efficiency and comfort of the CJ3+ and the leading CJ4, Textron Aviation’s Citation family of light business jets has evolved to offer a range of capabilities, systems and options unmatched in its class.

SAIB: CE-19-13 Flight Controls; Cable Terminals Used on 14 CFR Part 23 and CAR Part 3 Airplanes with Mechanical Flight Control Cables

FAA Aviation Safety

SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUBJ: Flight Controls; Cable Terminals Used on 14 CFR Part 23 and CAR Part 3 Airplanes with Mechanical Flight Control Cables

SAIB: CE-19-13

Date: July 2, 2019

This is information only. Recommendations aren’t mandatory.

Introduction

 

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts owners, operators, maintenance technicians, and inspectors of an airworthiness concern, specifically cracking and fracturing of flight control cable terminal attachment fittings connected to turnbuckle barrels on all 14 CFR part 23 and CAR part 3 airplanes with mechanical flight control cables.

With the exception of AD 2013-02-13, which addresses specific turnbuckle connections in the stabilator control system on certain Piper Aircraft Inc. airplane models, 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 Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. However, the FAA continues to monitor this concern, and may take additional action based on data received from operators and/or further examination.

Background

Turnbuckle connections are widely used in flight control systems on a multitude of airplane models that utilize mechanical flight control cables. The FAA has, over the years, received numerous reports of failures of the cable/turnbuckle attachment fittings, which have caused or have the potential to cause loss of flight control in one axis. In many cases, the failures have been discovered during inspection or ground operations. For those that occurred in flight, the pilot was often able to land the airplane without damage, although this can be very challenging. Accidents with substantial damage have occurred in some cases.

SAIB: CE-19-12 Emergency Locator Beacon, G-Switch Failures

FAA Aviation Safety
SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS INFORMATION BULLETIN
SUBJ: Equipment/Furnishings: Emergency Locator Beacon, G-Switch Failures
SAIB: CE-19-12
Date: June 18, 2019
This is information only. Recommendations aren’t mandatory.

Introduction

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, aircraft owners and operators with installations of ACR Electronics, Inc. (ACR)(formerly Artex Aircraft Supplies, Inc. and Chelton Avionics, Inc. and doing business as Wulfsberg Electronics) emergency locator transmitters (ELT) G406-4, C406-1, C406-1HM, C406-2, C406-2HM, C406-N and C406-NHM identified by Part Number (P/N) and serial number (s/n) in Table 1 of this SAIB, of an airworthiness concern, specifically the ELT not transmitting alert and location signals in case of an accident due to an inoperative or a deteriorated G-switch. ELTs located in high vibration environments, for example in the tail of a helicopter, could have its acceleration sensor deteriorate after having been subjected to high levels of shock and vibration for five (5) years or more. This SAIB recommends best practices for the inspection, modification and replacement of these ELTs located in high vibration environments.

ELT Model P/N s/n (up to, inclusive)

G406-4 453-5012 210-08575
C406-1 453-5002 210-09438
C406-1HM 453-5003 All
C406-2 453-5000 210-09501
C406-2HM 453-5001 210-09936
C406-N 453-5060 252-01689
C406-NHM 453-5061 252-02321

 

Table 1: SAIB Applicability (Note this applicability is regardless of whether there are additional digits and Revision status appended to the ELT P/N, e.g. 453-5003-123 Rev B. is an affected P/N.)

ACS: Model 177 and Model 210 with Cantilever Wing Cracking in the Wing Carry-Thru Spar

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Description of Ainvorthiness Concern 

On May 26, 2019, a Cessna Model 210M airplane suffered an in-flight separation of the right wing, resulting in a fatal accident. Preliminary investigation of the accident indicated that the wing fractured due to fatigue cracking inboard of the wing attachment lugs. Current details regarding the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau's investigation into the accident can be found online: https://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2019/aair/ao-2019-026/