New Piper has disclosed that "it has just been discovered that
the raw sheet steel from which critical parts are fabricated, may
not have been properly normalized prior to shipment to Piper. In
this state, the steel may not possess the appropriate strength
requirement." Service Bulletin SB1151 has been issued as a result.
This service bulletin addresses serial number aircraft that have
been licensed since February 9, 2004 by The New Piper Aircraft,
Even Though Right Engine Had Just Been Reinstalled
Whatever caused an MU-2B-60 to go down in Ferndale (MD) May
14th, it wasn't the engine. So says the NTSB in its preliminary
report on the accident. The crash killed the pilot, 34-year old
The folks at Lancair seem pretty enthused with early reports
from the first Columbia 400 customer. “Show Me
State” resident Paul Duckett, Lancair Columbia 400 customer
number one, flew his aircraft home to Missouri for the first time,
last week. What's he think, so far? “Lordy mercy,
that’s a fine product.”
The FAA withdrew on Tuesday expensive proposed airworthiness
directives against 400-series twin Cessna aircraft. That after
significant input from AOPA and major Cessna owner organizations.
The proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would have ADs that would have
grounded most models in the 400 series of twin-engine Cessna
aircraft while they underwent inspection and installation of a wing
spar strap kit at an estimated cost of $75,000 per aircraft.
Following an extended public comment period that included a two-day
government/industry summit, the FAA decided to rethink its
The FAA has played its grant obligation trump card to protect an
Ohio airport. After AOPA asked the FAA to look into the situation
at Kent State University Airport, the FAA's airports district
office for the region wrote a letter to Kent State University
President Carol Cartwright, saying that because of the grant
obligations, the airport cannot be decommissioned without FAA
consent. AOPA has also written to Cartwright, suggesting ways to
meet the school's needs without closing the airport.
EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast has been towed to a hangar today at
Van Nuys Airport (CA) where it has been undergoing damage
assessment since a gear collapse incident on May 5. "The engines
and props have been removed, some more detailed damage assessment
has been done, and the airplane is now properly stored in a
hangar," said EAA Aircraft Operations Director Sean Elliott. "There
the necessary work will be done to allow us to ferry the airplane
back to Oshkosh."
Belgium wants its money back. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said
Tuesday he's received a letter from Belgian authorities who want
his airline to repay about $3.6 million in subsidies to its
operation at Charleroi's international airport. O'Leary said he's
written back, refusing the demand and promising to appeal a
European Union commission's decision in the matter.
The signs in the terminal at O'Hare made it clear something big
was going on. "Welcome Ted" banners adorned the arrival area as
United Airline's three-month old low-cost carrier, Ted, debuted in
United's hometown of Chicago Monday, with its inaugural flight from
O'Hare to Tampa.
Boeing 7E7 Wind Tunnel Testing Refines Configuration
Boeing is proceeding with the second round of wind tunnel tests
for its all-new 7E7 Dreamliner at four locations around the world
as it works toward finalizing the passenger airplane's
configuration early next year.
"This time, the FAA got it right. They held a true dialog and
listened to the people who know the aircraft best. Now they are
choosing to work with the owners to find alternate solutions to
what they determined was an unsafe condition."
Source: AOPA Director of Certification and
Regulatory Policy Luis Gutierrez, reacting to news that the FAA has
abandoned an attempt to create an AD covering Cessna 400 series
aircraft. The proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would have ADs that would
have grounded most models in the 400 series while they underwent
inspection and installation of a wing spar strap kit at an
estimated cost of $75,000 per aircraft.