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,
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.