Aviation Alerts

PLEASE NOTE: The Cessna Flyer Association posts Airworthiness Directives, Alerts and Service Bulletins as a courtesy for our members and for information only. This listing in not complete and should not be used as the official source of this information. It is up to you to do proper research on what ADs and SBs are appropriate for your aircraft. You are encouraged to contact your licensed A&P mechanic and to reference the official FAA website for correct information. http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/alerts/

SAIB: AIR-20-10 / AD 2020-03-16 Alternative Methods of Compliance and FAQ Cessna 210 Spar

SUBJ: AD 2020-03-16 Alternative Methods of Compliance and FAQ

Introduction

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises owners and operators of four alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs) associated with AD 2020-03-16. It also responds to frequently asked questions (FAQ) related to the AD.

AD 2020-03-16 requires visual and eddy current inspections of the Textron Model 210 carry-thru spar lower cap, corrective action if necessary, application of a protective coating and corrosion inhibiting compound (CIC), and reporting the inspection results to the FAA.

Since issuance of AD 2020-03-16, the type-certificate holder, Textron Aviation Inc., has made available four AMOCs for those who must comply with AD 2020-03-16.

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NPRM: 2018-CE-060-AD: Cessna 180, 182, 185 Tailcone

NPRM: 2018-CE-060-AD: Cessna 180, 182, 185 Tailcone

The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 29, 2020.

The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Textron Aviation Inc. (Textron) Models 180, 180A, 180B, 180C, 180D, 180E, 180F, 180G, 180H, 180J, 180K, 182, 182A, 182B, 182C, 182D, 185, 185A, 185B, 185C, 185D, 185E, A185E, and A185F airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of cracks found in the tailcone and horizontal stabilizer attachment structure. This proposed AD would require inspecting the tailcone and horizontal stabilizer for corrosion and cracks and repairing or replacing damaged parts as necessary. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

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SNPRM: 2017-CE-031-AD: Cessna 172, 182, 206, 210 Doorpost

SNPRM: 2017-CE-031-AD: Cessna 172, 182, 206, 210 Doorpost

The comment period is reopened. The FAA must receive comments on this SNPRM by July 13, 2020.

The FAA is revising an earlier proposal for certain Textron Aviation Inc. (Textron) Model 172N, 172P, 172Q, 172RG, F172N, F172P, FR172K, R172K, 182E, 182F, 182G, 182H, 182J, 182K, 182L, 182M, 182N, 182P, 182Q, 182R, T182, F182P, F182Q, F182RG, R182, TR182, 206, P206/TP206, U206/TU206, 207/T207, 210-5 (205), 210-5A (205A), 210B, 210C, 210D, 210E, 210F, and T210F airplanes. 

The NPRM was prompted by a report from an operator of one of the affected Textron airplanes that cracks were found in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead. The NPRM proposed to require repetitively inspecting the lower area of the forward cabin doorposts at the strut attach fitting for cracks and repairing any cracks found by modifying the area with the applicable service kit.

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Global Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) Request for AD 2020-03-16 - Cessna 210 Wing Spar

An Extension of time for compliance with AD 2020-03-16 regarding Cessna 210 Wing Spars

The Wichita ACO Branch approves your AMOC proposal to paragraph (g) of AD 2020-03-16 to extend the compliance time for AD 2020-03-16 to September 9, 2020 or within the next 20 hours time-in-service (TIS) after March 9, 2020, whichever occurs first. AD 2020-03-16 currently requires operators complete the requirements of the AD within 60 days after March 9, 2020 or within the next 20 hours time-in-service (TIS) after March 9, 2020, whichever occurs first.

 

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SEL-57-08 Wings - Model 210 Carry-Thru Spar One-Time Corrosion Inspection

Original Issue November 1, 2019

Revision 1 November 19, 2019

(Note: This SEL is provided for information. Please refer to AD 2020-03-16)

 REASON

The carry-thru spar can develop corrosion and cracks.  Corrosion can propagate and lead to crack development.  A crack in the carry-thru spar can progress to a point that a structural failure of the carry-thru spar can occur, resulting in loss of airplane control and/or wing separation.

Non-compliance with this service letter may result in undetected corrosion and crack(s) in the carry-thru spar, which can result in structural failure of the carry-thru spar.

DESCRIPTION

This service document provides instructions and repair criteria to do a detailed inspection of the carry-thru spar to inspect for corrosion and/or cracks.

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SEL-20-01 Listing of Nondestructive Testing Facilities

The purpose of this service letter is to provide a listing of nondestructive testing facilities which may be of help when accomplishment of nondestructive testing (NDI) is necessary on Cessna propeller model airplanes.
Cessna Aircraft Company recommends they you contact the specific facility directly to better understand the testing capabilities of that facility.
This service letter supersedes Cessna Service Newsletter SNL00-11.
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NPRM Concerning Superior Air Parts Crankshafts

14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–1077; Product Identifier 2018–NE–40–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP) Engines and Lycoming Engines Reciprocating Engines With a Certain SAP Crankshaft Assembly AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). 

SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all SAP Model IO–360-series and O–360- series reciprocating engines and certain Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) Model AEIO–360-, IO–360-, and O–360-series reciprocating engines with a certain SAP crankshaft assembly installed. This SAP crankshaft assembly is installed as original equipment on the affected SAP engines and as a replacement part under parts manufacturer approval (PMA) on the affected Lycoming engines. 

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Airworthiness Directive 2020-03-16 Textron Aviation Inc. Cessna 210 Wing Spar

SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Textron Aviation Inc. (Textron) (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company) Models 210G, T210G, 210H, T210H, 210J, T210J, 210K, T210K, 210L, T210L, 210M, and T210M airplanes. This AD requires visual and eddy current inspections of the carry-thru spar lower cap, corrective action if necessary, application of a protective coating and corrosion inhibiting compound (CIC), and reporting the inspection results to the FAA. This AD was prompted by the in-flight break-up of a Model T210M airplane in Australia, due to fatigue cracking that initiated at a corrosion pit, and subsequent reports of other Model 210-series airplanes with widespread and severe corrosion. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective March 9, 2020.

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Airworthiness Concern Sheet: Cessna Model 206/U206/TU206 Egress through Cargo Doors during Emergency

Transport Canada recently contacted the FAA with concerns for the use of cargo doors as an emergency exit on Cessna 206 models. The FAA is interested in receiving any information on prior experience with the 206 cargo doors with regard to use,  operation, and clarity of placards and instructions as well as any modifications or alterations completed by owners and operators that aid in the usability with and without flaps extended.  Please provide any other information you feel may be helpful for us to consider as part of our evaluation.  See the attached document for more information. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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/

 

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SAIB: HQ-18-08R2: Engine Fuel and Control – Operation with Contaminated Jet Fuel

Date: June 10, 2019

This Revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) clarifies the recommendation regarding the dispositioning of jet fuel contaminated with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The SAIB advises airplane operators, fixed base operators (FBOs), FAA repair stations, Flight Standard District Offices (FSDOs), and foreign civil aviation authorities of certain airplanes that uplifted jet fuel contaminated with DEF, or uplifted jet fuel using refueling equipment that was exposed to DEF. This SAIB also requests feedback regarding any service difficulties or operational anomalies of the identified airplanes and recommends that the owners of those airplanes consult with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of their airplane, engine, and auxiliary power unit (APU) to determine the appropriate inspection and corrective maintenance actions on their airplane. This revision corrects and clarifies the Recommendations paragraph.

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SAIB: HQ-18-08R2: Engine Fuel and Control – Operation with Contaminated Jet Fuel

Date: June 10, 2019

This Revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) clarifies the recommendation regarding the dispositioning of jet fuel contaminated with Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The SAIB advises airplane operators, fixed base operators (FBOs), FAA repair stations, Flight Standard District Offices (FSDOs), and foreign civil aviation authorities of certain airplanes that uplifted jet fuel contaminated with DEF, or uplifted jet fuel using refueling equipment that was exposed to DEF. This SAIB also requests feedback regarding any service difficulties or operational anomalies of the identified airplanes and recommends that the owners of those airplanes consult with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of their airplane, engine, and auxiliary power unit (APU) to determine the appropriate inspection and corrective maintenance actions on their airplane. This revision corrects and clarifies the Recommendations paragraph.

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SAIB NE-19-08: Lycoming Engines Parallel Valve Cylinders

Introduction

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts, owners, operators, and certified repair facilities that all Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) engines equipped with certain Parallel Valve Cylinders and Head Assemblies, which were shipped from Lycoming between September 1, 2013 and April 30, 2015, have experienced cracking in service.

At this time, the airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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Cessna SEL-24-10: Electrical Power-Master Control Unit Inspection and Replacement Of Wire Harness

Cessna Single Engine Service Letter
SEL-24-10
March 12, 2019
MANDATORY

Electrical Power-Master Control Unit Inspection and Replacement Of Wire Harness

EFFECTIVITY
MODEL SERIAL NUMBERS
172S 172S12111, 172S12116, 172S12118, 172S12120, 172S12124, 172S12126, 172S12128, 172S12129, 172S12133, 172S12134, 172S12135, 172S12136, 172S12192
182T 18283030, 18283031, 18283032
206H 20608313
T206H T20609528, T20609529, T20609530, T20609531, T20609532

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SAIB: CE-19-04, Crew Oxygen System: Full Face Mask/Smoke Goggle Visibility

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to alert owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of an issue that could affect crew visibility when utilizing full face masks/smoke goggles manufactured by Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins, B/E Aerospace). 

At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant any additional airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. 

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SAIB: 2018-21-14, Crew Oxygen System - Zodiac Aerotechnics

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Zodiac Aerotechnics (Zodiac) oxygen mask regulators. This AD was prompted by reports that certain silicon harness inflation hoses installed on certain flight crew quick donning mask harnesses have shown an unusually high premature rupture rate. This AD requires inspection and replacement of certain oxygen mask regulator harness inflation hoses. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. 

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SAIB: CE-19-01- Engine Oil & Airplane Hour Meter; Pressure Switch Failure

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to alert owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of Textron Aviation Inc. (Textron) Model 172R, 172S, 182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, T206H airplanes, of failure of the “Sensor-Oil Pressure (Hobbs Switch)”, part number (P/N) 83278 as it is referred to in the illustrated parts catalogue. These engine oil pressure switches could have been provided new with the airplane or as a spares replacement part.

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