The FAA has issued a final rule superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus PC-12s, PC-12/45s, PC-12/47s and PC-12/47Es. Since the issuance of AD 2009-14-13 Pilatus has issued revisions to the limitations section of the airplane maintenance manual to include an inspection of the wing main spar fastener holes at rib six for cracks. The action was prompted by a crack found on one wing, and a more restrictive airworthiness limitation was introduced in that manual.
Within Six Months
May 23, 2013:
Interest in Restructure of Rotorcraft Airworthiness Standards
A new airworthiness directive for the MD Helicopters MD500N, MD600N and MD900 requires determining the cure date for each Notar fan blade tension-torsion strap (T-T strap). The purpose is to establish a calendar-time retirement life, mark each T-T strap with the expiration date, create a component record card and revise the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance manual.
The FAA is adopting a new Airworthiness Directive that supersedes an existing airworthiness directive for the MD Helicopters MD900. It requires a visual inspection and, if necessary, an eddy-current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight.
Flying Colours, the Canada-based completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider, has received approval from the Riyadh-based General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to carry out maintenance work on aircraft registered in Saudi Arabia.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive for all Dassault Falcon 50s. The proposed AD was prompted by a manufacturer revision to the airplane maintenance manual. The maintenance tasks and airworthiness limitations, as specified in the Falcon 50 AMM Chapter 540, have been identified as mandatory actions for continued airworthiness and include a corrosion-prevention and -control program and checking of overpressure tightness on pressurization control regulating valves.
On Saturday, fractional provider Avantair grounded its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops to conduct “a comprehensive examination of all maintenance records and aircraft.”
A shop supervisor for Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG) is the latest employee convicted in a trial stemming from an aircraft parts conspiracy. Dennis Romero was convicted in U.S. District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for his participation in the conspiracy. The same jury acquitted three lower-level ATR mechanics and a salesperson. A separate mechanic, Hermes Reyes, pleaded guilty before the start of the trial.
Francisca Diaz, former employee of Aircraft Transparencies Repair (ATR) and Transparencies Engineering Group (TEG), has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to mail fraud in conjunction with a scheme involving the false representation that aircraft windows had been overhauled properly when they had not.
Aviation Consultancy & Engineering Services (ACE Services) has added a new aircraft maintenance management (AMM) department and obtained UK CAA continuing airworthiness management (Camo), airworthiness review certificate and permit to fly approvals. ACE Services provides project, engineering, maintenance, continuing airworthiness and technical records; quality assurance and control; aircraft maintenance planning and forecasting; and audit safety systems.