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Aviation Alerts

PLEASE NOTE: The Piper Flyer Association posts Airworthiness Directives, Alerts and Service Bulletins as a courtesy for our members and for information only. This listing in not complete and should not be used as the official source of this information. It is up to you to do proper research on what ADs and SBs are appropriate for your aircraft. You are encouraged to contact your licensed A&P mechanic and to reference the official FAA website for correct information. http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/safety/alerts/

AD 2017-11-11

FAA SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for NavWorx, Inc. (NavWorx), Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Universal Access Transceiver Units (unit). This AD requires removing, disabling, or modifying the ADS-B unit. This AD was prompted by a design change that results in the unit communicating unreliable position information. The actions in this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products.

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AD 2017-10-20

FAA SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31-325, and PA-31-350 airplanes. This AD was prompted by fatigue cracking in the fuselage station (FS) 332.00 bulkhead common to the horizontal stabilizer front spar attachment. This AD requires repetitive inspections to detect cracks in the bulkhead and any necessary repairs. This AD also provides an optional modification if no cracks are found that will greatly reduce the likelihood of the specified cracks. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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AD2015-24-05

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-23-250, PA-24-250, PA-24-260, PA-24-400, PA-30, PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31P, PA-39, and PA-E23-250 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an accident caused by fuel starvation where the shape of the wing fuel tanks and fuel below a certain level in that tank may have allowed the fuel to move away from the tank outlet during certain maneuvers. This AD requires installing a fuel system management placard on the airplane instrument panel and adding text to the Limitations Section of the pilot's operating handbook (POH)/airplane flight manual (AFM). We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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Interior Placard AD

FAA AD SUMMARY: SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-23-250, PA-24-250, PA-24-260, PA-24-400, PA-30, PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31P, PA-39, and PA-E23-250 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an accident caused by fuel starvation where the shape of the wing fuel tanks and fuel below a certain level in that tank may have allowed the fuel to move away from the tank outlet during certain maneuvers. This AD requires installing a fuel system management placard on the airplane instrument panel and adding text to the Limitations Section of the pilot's operating handbook (POH)/airplane flight manual (AFM). We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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AD 2015-10-06

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A reciprocating engines. This AD was prompted by several reports of cracked engine exhaust pipes. This AD requires inspection of the engine exhaust pipes for cracks and replacement of the turbocharger mounting bracket. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the exhaust system due to cracking, which could lead to uncontrolled engine fire, harmful exhaust gases entering the cabin resulting in crew incapacitation, and damage to the airplane.

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SAIB: CE-13-29

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises pilots, operators, and manufacturers of airplanes of the results that can occur if airplane flight manual (AFM) limitations, instructions, or placard information for adding fuel system ice inhibitors (FSII) are not adequately highlighted and closely followed for airplanes that require these additives for safe operation. At this time, the airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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SAIB: NM-11-46R1

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises registered owners, operators, and original equipment manufacturers of transport category airplanes having certain Koito Industries passenger seats of information related to Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–12–01.

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SAIB: NE-13-36

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities of airplanes equipped with Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC (HET) (formerly Kelly Aerospace) fuel pumps, part number (P/N) 200F-5xxx, of possible fuel leaks. The airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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SAIB: NE-13-35

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners, operators, and riggers of Basik Air Concept Parachutes that the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (France) or Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) has issued Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) UF-2012-007. This EAD specifies that European owners and operators return to the manufacturer all reserve parachute systems manufactured by Basik Air Concept and delivered after September 30, 2011 without a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Form 1 release certificate. The airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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AD 2013-10-04

The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to all Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-31, PA-31-325, and PA-31-350 airplanes. Table 1 of paragraph (g) lists the incorrect model/part number for the Model PA-31-350, tail pipe assembly, top. This document corrects that error. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.

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AD 2013-13-01

The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. AD 2013-13-01 applies to certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-46-310P, PA-46-350P, PA-46R-350T, and PA-46-500TP airplanes. There is an incorrect reference to a paragraph designation, four instances of an incorrect reference to the paragraph in the service bulletin that references an airworthiness limitation, and an incomplete email address for the person to contact in the Related  Information section. This document corrects those errors. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.

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AD 2013-15-04

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hartzell Propeller, Inc. propeller models HC-(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-7, HC-(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-8, and HC-(1,D)3(X,V,MV)20-8. This AD was prompted by failures of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm and resulting engine oil leak. This AD requires replacement of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm. We are issuing this AD to prevent propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm rupture, loss of engine oil, damage to the engine, and loss of the airplane.

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AD 2013-21-02

We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-24-09 for Lycoming Engines TIO-540-AK1A, and Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) TSIO-360-MB, TSIO-360-SB, and TSIO-360-RB reciprocating engines, with certain Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) turbochargers, model TA0411, installed. AD 2012-24-09 required removing certain HET turbochargers from service before further flight. This AD also requires removing certain HET turbochargers from service before further flight. This AD was prompted by a report that an additional engine, the CMI LTSIO-360-RB, has the affected HET turbochargers installed. We are issuing this AD to prevent turbocharger turbine wheel failure, reduction or complete loss of engine power, loss of engine oil, oil fire, and damage to the airplane.

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SAIB: CE-14-04

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is written to inform and remind owners and operators about changes contained in manufacturers’ navigation database updates. The cyclical updates may exclude certain navigation data including approach procedures, which makes this information unavailable for selection on the aircraft flight management system or navigation equipment.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. The FAA continues to monitor these issues with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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AD 2013-24-06

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH TAE 125-01 reciprocating engines. This AD requires applying sealant to close the engine clutch housing (crankcase assembly) opening. This AD was prompted by a report of engine power loss due to engine coolant contaminating the engine clutch. The design of the engine allows the crankcase assembly opening to be susceptible to contamination from external sources. We are issuing this AD to prevent in-flight engine power loss, which could result in loss of control of, and damage to, the airplane.

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SAIB: NE-14-10

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners, operators, and maintainers of Merl, Inc. Batteries, used in Narco Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs), that there is a potential maintenance oversight related to inspection requirements in § 91.207 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR 91.207). This maintenance oversight could lead to undetected battery leakage and subsequent corrosion that could result in the ELT becoming inoperable. Regulatory action is not required at this time since the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under 14 CFR part 39.

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SAIB: CE-14-22

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners and operators of certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Models PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, PA-28R-180, and PA-28R-200 airplanes of an airworthiness concern, specifically that the fuel selector valve can be inadvertently switched off and/or may bind when switching fuel tanks and can cause a loss of power in flight. This SAIB also recommends the installation of a fuel selector valve cover designed to prevent inadvertently selecting the off position and the maintenance of fuel selector valves to prevent their binding.
At this time, this airworthiness concern has not been determined to be an unsafe condition that would warrant AD action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR) part
39.

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SAIB: NE-14-13

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities of Lycoming Engines of the possible failure of engine thru-studs, and/or cylinder mounting studs. The airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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AD 2014-05-29

We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2009-16-03 for certain Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) IO-520, TSIO-520, and IO-550 series reciprocating engines, with certain SAP replacement parts manufacturer approval (PMA) investment cast cylinder assemblies installed. AD 2009-16-03 required initial and repetitive inspections and compression tests to detect cracks in those cylinders. This new AD requires that additional engines be added to the applicability. This AD was prompted by the need to add to the applicability all other engine models approved for the use of CMI 520 and 550 cylinder assemblies, such as the CMI 470 series engines when modified by supplemental type certificate (STC), with affected SAP investment cast cylinder assemblies installed. We are issuing this AD to prevent the separation of the cylinder head, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.

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SAIB: NE-14-15

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities of aircraft equipped with Hartzell Propeller, Inc. various propeller models that have certain serial numbers and part numbers (P/N) of the potential for corrosion of the guide rods. This corrosion could lead to inability to adjust the pitch of your propeller. A detailed list of effectivity can be found in Hartzell Propeller Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) HC-ASB-61-351. At this time the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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SAIB: CE-09-13R1

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, an owner or operator, of certain Piper Models PA-46-310P, PA-46-350P, PA-46R-350T, and PA-46-500TP airplanes, of an airworthiness concern, specifically possible cracks in the engine mount where both the nose landing gear (NLG) trunnion and the NLG actuator attach. This condition is addressed in Piper Service Bulletins (SB) 1103 and 1154 and Piper Service Letter (SL) 1001. This SAIB emphasizes the importance of compliance with Piper service information.

Note: The information provided below is for reference only. See the latest version of the Piper service information for current information. Also, this SAIB does not address PA-46-310P and PA-46-350P aircraft modified by STC ST00541SE, conversion from piston to turboprop propulsion.

At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

This revision to this SAIB provides:

• updated service information;
• a revised recommendation to incorporate a new engine mount that relieves the repetitive inspections;
• a change to the point of contact information; and
• other changes that address format and editorial content.

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AD 2014-17-03

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Technify Motors GmbH (type certificate previously held by Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH) TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-02-114 reciprocating engines. This AD requires removal of each high-pressure (HP) fuel pump before 300 flight hours (FHs) in service or within 55 FHs after the effective date of the AD, whichever occurs later. This AD was prompted by in-flight shutdowns on airplanes with TAE 125-02 engines. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HP fuel pump, which could result in damage to the engine and damage to the airplane.

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SAIB: CE-15-01

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is being issued to alert operators and maintenance personnel of an airworthiness concern, specifically possible induced heading errors in systems using magnetic sensitive sensors such as magnetometers to provide heading information.
At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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SAIB: NE-11-56R1

This Revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises aircraft operators, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), FAA repair stations and FSDOs, and Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities that jet fuel made from synthesized isoparaffins (SIP), hydroprocessed fatty acid esters and fatty acids (HEFA) or Fischer Tropsch (FT) synthetic blending components that meets the requirements of ASTM International Standard D7566 are acceptable for use on aircraft and engines certificated for operation with D1655 Jet A or Jet A-1 jet fuel, provided that they are re-identified as D1655 fuel. When re-identified as D1655 fuel, D7566 jet fuel meets all the specification requirements of D1655 and therefore meets the approved operating limitations for aircraft and engines certificated to operate with D1655 fuel, unless otherwise prohibited by the engine or aircraft type certificate (TC) holder. This SAIB is being revised to add SIP as a synthetic blending component that conforms to ASTM International Standard D7566.

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AD 2015-08-07

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Zodiac Aerotechnics (formerly Intertechnique Aircraft Systems) oxygen mask regulators. This AD was prompted by a report of a malfunctioning mask having an inflatable harness with a high premature rupture rate due to defective silicon. This AD requires inspecting and replacing defective harnesses with new or modified serviceable units. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct defective harnesses, which could lead, in case of a sudden depressurization event, to a harness rupture, thereby providing inadequate protection against hypoxia and possibly resulting in unconsciousness of the affected flightcrew member and consequent reduced control of the airplane.

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Emergency AD 2015-10-51

This emergency AD was prompted by reports of Avidyne IFDs displaying incorrect course deviation indication information during GPS approaches (incorrect display of lateral deviations). This condition occurs when the airplane is flying in certain approaches, the leg to the Final Approach Fix (FAF) is active, and the leg to the FAF is not aligned with the final approach course (i.e., an angled entry to the FAF). The software of the Avidyne IFDs as referenced above will produce lateral deviations to the final approach course as soon as the leg to the FAF becomes active. Therefore when the leg does not align with the final approach course, the CDI will show a deviation when, in fact, the aircraft is on the proper course for the active leg. This could result in the pilot making flight decisions that put the aircraft in unsafe flight conditions, flying into airspace that was, by the GPS approach design, to be avoided (terrain, obstacle, traffic, restricted).

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Service Bulletin 866A

Piper Service Bulletin pertaining the back-up gear extender system for the following Piper models:

PA-28R-180 Arrow (*)
PA-28R-200 Arrow/Arrow II (*)
PA-28R-201 Arrow III
PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III
PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV
PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV
PA-32R-300 Lance
PA-32RT-300 Lance II
PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II
PA-32R-301 Saratoga S.P.
PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga S.P.

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AD 2015-08-04

April 2015-

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 99-01-05 R1, which applied to certain aircraft equipped with wing lift struts. AD 99-01-05 R1 required repetitively inspecting the wing lift struts for corrosion; repetitively inspecting the wing lift strut forks for cracks; replacing any corroded wing lift strut; replacing any cracked wing lift strut fork; and repetitively replacing the wing lift strut forks at a specified time for certain airplanes. This new AD retains all requirements of AD 99-01-05R1 and adds additional airplane models to the Applicability section. This AD was prompted by a report that additional Piper Aircraft, Inc. model airplanes should be added to the Applicability section. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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