Squawk Box

December 1999 Issue

Prop Shop Chopped

Santa Monica Propeller overhauls may have had improper inspections

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts. Click here to view "Airworthiness Directives."

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When auditing a propeller repair station recently, the FAA discovered that certain alignment and inspection procedures had not been accomplished in accordance with the manufacturer’s propeller overhaul manual procedures.

Although there have been no reports of failures of the propellers, overhauled by Santa Monica Propeller Service from January 1997 to March 1999, the FAA considers it a significant safety risk because a propeller failure can lead to catastrophic loss of airc...

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