Squawk Box

April 2010 Issue

Missing And Disconnected

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

Transport Canada (TC) in late 2009 issued a Service Difficulty Alert detailing failure of a parked aircraft’s control yoke that broke during high-wind conditions. A complete fracture occurred between the yoke pivot area and the elevator attachment point due to severe internal corrosion. A 2001 Cessna service bulletin provides instructions for creating an inspection hole, recommending annual inspection and corrosion treatment.

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