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August 24, 2023

Van’s Provides Updates Regarding Defective Parts

A Reasonable and Robust Response

In early 2022, Van’s Aircraft, the famed light-sport aircraft marque and maker of the perennially popular RV6/6A, RV7/7A, and numerous additional kit aircraft models, commenced subcontracting the manufacture of select aircraft parts to fabrication concerns utilizing laser cutting processes. Between February and June 2022, a significant number of Van’s customers reported cracks having formed in parts with laser-cut holes. The company immediately undertook corrective action, conducting testing of cracked parts for purpose of assessing the nature of the defects and devising corrective measures germane to such. Numerous updates have since been posted to the Van's company website...  

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EAA Comments on New FAA Destroyed and Scrapped Aircraft Policy

Journey’s End in Feds Meeting

The EAA has filed comments germane to a new FAA advisory circular (AC) titled Destroyed and Scrapped Aircraft. The AC makes extensive references to FAA’s Order 8900.19, with which it shares a title. Set forth in 2018, Order 8900.19 was issued without the customary solicitation of public comment. The order and AC address the means and criteria by which determinations pertaining to the destruction and scrapping of aircraft are made.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Rotax 915iS - Rotax's New 'Big Bad' Engine

From 2017 (YouTube Version): EASA Certification Process Nearly Complete…

The Rotax 915 iS engine has been in the pipeline for some time, but now the engine is nearly ready to get flying. Marc Becker, Aircraft Business Manager for Rotax, told ANN editor Tom Patton at AirVenture that the company is nearly finished with the EASA certification process, but there is still some testing to be done. According to the company website, the Rotax 915 iS offers more power, the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, full take-off power up to at least 15,000 feet and a service ceiling of 23,000 feet.

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