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July 1999 Issue

Bogus Bladders

FAA says Duraflex fuel cells may be suspect

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


Fuel bladders in a variety of aircraft may be substandard.

The FAA’s Manufacturing Inspection Office in Fort Worth says unapproved fuel bladders were sold and repaired by Duraflex Fuel Cells Corp. and Fuel Cells Maintenance Inc., both of Little Rock, Ark., for use in Twin Commanders, Raytheon Beech 65 and 90 series, Cessna 300 and 400 series, Piper PA-23s and PA-24s, and possibly other aircraft as well.

The FAA says the production and repair of these fuel cells do not m...

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