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November 16, 2023

SAIB Published for Seamax M-22, After Fatal Inflight Breakup

Folding-Wing Aircraft At Risk for Wing Separation

A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin has been published for the Seamax Model M-22, an amphibious LSA. An NTSB investigation into the 2022 crash of one aircraft discovered the "right wing was separated from the main wreckage and located in a tree, and the right wing strut was separated from the right wing." More worrisome was their finding that the "bolt attaching the right strut to the right wing remained attached...and was not fractured; however, the nut was not present." The fact that the bolt's threading exhibited "no significant damage" only worsened the impression that the strut/wing attachment point in other Seamax M-22s could be at risk of a disappearing bolt, too. Operators hav

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Even More Rotor X Woes Noted

Millions In Possible Losses By Builders, Compounded by Other legal Woes Make Rotor X's Future Questionable

New details are coming forth showing that the Rotor X situation continues to decline. A New Jersey company has sued Rotor X for nearly $200,000 in a contractual dispute where they apparently provided some level of financing, while Rotor X Boss Don Shaw and his company did not follow through on their contracted obligations. The Aero-News Network continues to take calls each day from customers of the defunct helicopter kit operation in which they state that they paid as much as full price, and received little or nothing significant in return. The previously reported bankruptcy has been denied due to legal errors and has not yet been refile

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