Squawk Box

January 2009 Issue

New Parts, Old Problems

The following information is derived from the FAA’s Service Difficulty Reports.

The FAA is encouraging owners and maintainers of Cessna T303, 336, 337 and all legacy, pre-1986 single-engine models to adhere to AD 87-20-03R2. The AD was issued because of pilot/copilot seat slippage due to the latch pin not properly engaging in the seat rail/track. The FAA states, "Compliance with AD 87-20-03R2 should have eliminated accidents and Service Difficulty Reports (SDRs). However, in the past decade we have seen a resurgence in the number of accidents [which] may indicate the inspections of the seat tracks are not being adequately performed or existing problems are not being corrected." The FAA strongly suggests reviewing AD 87-2-03R2. Cessna SEB07-5R1 or MEB07-1R1 covers secondary seat stop installation.

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