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August 2003 Issue

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Refurbishing of Warrior interiors could lead to electrical failure or fire – again

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Bulletin regarding the potential for fire in Piper Warrior and Warrior II models. The problem stems from Piper’s decision to locate the battery under the rear seat for weight and balance reasons. AD 81-23-05 and Piper service bulletin 631B call for the installation of an insulation board to prevent the rear seat springs from wearing through the battery box cover and shoring the battery terminals. However, there have been several recent reports that the insulation board is being removed during interior refurbishment and not being replaced, leading to the same potential for electrical system failure or in-flight fire as existed before the AD was issue...

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