Squawk Box

March 2002 Issue

Clip-Wing Cessnas

Wing attach fittings can corrode to the point of structural failure

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports and Aviation Maintenance Alerts:

The FAA has issued a special airworthiness information bulletin that expands on the information included in AD 2000-01-16, which applies to Cessna 300 and 400 series airplanes equipped with turbochargers.

The compliance table in the AD, labeled “Figure 1,” stipulates that the replacement exhaust system components must be in new or overhauled condition, but the FAA has determined that some shops are not repairing the components to an overhauled condition.

Provisions exist in the AD for repaired or serviceable parts in some applications, but apparently some shops ar...

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