Squawk Box

April 2006 Issue

Squawk Box: 04/06

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

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Cessna 170B, 172-172E, 180, 182-182D, 185s
Worn Flap Handle Latch

The FAA has received reports of problems associated with a tubular spacer found within Cessna flap handle latch mechanisms (p/n 0510166-0 through -5). The spacer is transfixed by a rivet with washers at each end. Continued use of this latch mechanism causes wear on the handle. Should this occur, the spacer can work itself out of the handle sufficiently to jam the latching mechanism. Wear may be evidenced by scraping marks found just below the washers on either side of the flap handle....

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