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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/

FAA-2012-0731 Control cable assembly failures

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc.
(type certificate previously held by The New Piper Aircraft Inc.) PA-28, PA-32, PA-34, and PA-44
airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of control cable assembly failures that may lead to
failure of the horizontal stabilator control system and could result in loss of pitch control. This AD
requires inspections of the stabilator control system and replacement of parts as necessary. We are
issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

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Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) Connecting Rod Piston Pin Bushing Inspection

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts registered owners, operators, and
certified repair facilities of all airplanes equipped with Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) series engines
(all models) of the service instructions to inspect the connecting rod piston pin bushing installation at
each cylinder removal or any time piston pin bushing material is identified during routine
maintenance procedures.

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Pushrod Shroud Spring Retainers

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts owners, operators, and certified repair
facilities of an airworthiness concern regarding certain pushrod shroud spring retainers, manufactured
by Engine Components International (ECi). The pushrod shroud spring retainers, part number (P/N)
AEL14995, may be installed on Lycoming Engines O-320, IO-320, O-360, IO-360, O-540, and IO-
540 series reciprocating parallel valve engines.

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Directorate Identifier 2012-NE-41-AD; Amendment 39-17279; AD 2012-24-09

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Lycoming Engines TSIO-540-
AK1A, and Continental Motors, Inc. TSIO-360-MB, TSIO-360-SB, and TSIO-360-RB reciprocating
engines, with certain Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) turbochargers, model TA0411, part
number (P/N) 466642-0001; 466642-0002; 466642-0006; 466642-9001; 466642-9002; or 466642-
9006, or with certain HET model TA0411 turbochargers overhauled or repaired since August 29,
2012. This AD requires removing the affected turbochargers from service before further flight. This
AD was prompted by a report of a turbocharger turbine wheel that failed a static strength test at its
manufacturing facility.

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SUBJ: Awareness of NTSB Performance Study and Addendum

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) is sent to advise manufacturers of
airplanes certified under parts 23 and 25 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR parts 23
and 25) to consider the possibility that the airplane’s maximum lift coefficient in ground effect may
be lower than its maximum lift coefficient in free air.

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SAIB: SW-11-61 Honeywell (formerly Bendix King) KRA 405B Radio Altimeter

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to inform owners and operators of aircraft equipped with the KRA 405B Radar Altimeter of a potential undetected failure condition, wherein the Radar Altimeter may provide erroneous altitude information. At this time, this airworthiness concern is not 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: SW-11-39 FreeFlight Systems 2000 Approach (series) and 2101 Approach (series) Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation units

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises you, owners and operators, of all aircraft who may be using FreeFlight Systems (also known as Trimble) 2000 Approach (series) and 2101 Approach (series) Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation units of service difficulty reports. FreeFlight Systems (FFS) has determined that a potential exists for long computational delays in processing flight planning operations. FFS has issued Service Information Letter (SIL) SIL FFS08 describing the maintenance actions required to correct the in-service difficulties. At the time this SAIB is issued, 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-11-54 Continental Motors, Inc. (CM) (formerly Teledyne Continental Motors) direct drive and geared reciprocating engines.

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises owners, aircraft operators, repair
facilities, Flight Standards District Offices (FSDOs), and Foreign Civil Aviation authorities of
recommended actions after a propeller strike or engine hydraulic lock incident on all Continental
Motors, Inc. (CM) (formerly Teledyne Continental Motors) direct drive and geared
reciprocating engines.
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: NM-11-53 Transport category airplanes certificated under 14 CFR part 25

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) identifies new and revised guidance for industry related to Airworthiness Directive (AD) development and implementation processes. This SAIB provides recommendations for design approval holders (DAH) and owners/operators of transport category airplanes certificated under 14 CFR part 25. Implementation of the recommendations in this SAIB will improve the AD development and implementation processes which support continued operational safety of the existing airplane fleet.

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SAIB: NE-13-04 Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) Connecting Rod Piston Pin Bushing Inspection

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts registered owners, operators, and
certified repair facilities of all airplanes equipped with Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) series engines
(all models) of the service instructions to inspect the connecting rod piston pin bushing installation at
each cylinder removal or any time piston pin bushing material is identified during routine
maintenance procedures.
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-11-56 Semi-Synthetic Jet Fuel

This 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 hydroprocessed fatty acid esters and fatty acids (HEFA) or Fischer Tropsch (FT)
synthetic blending components that meets the requirements of ASTM International Standard D7566
is acceptable for use on aircraft and engines certificated for operation with D1655 Jet A or Jet A-1 jet
fuel, provided that it is 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.

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SAIB: NE-11-55 Grade 100VLL Aviation Gasoline

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises aircraft operators, Fixed Base
Operators (FBOs), FAA repair stations and Flight Standards District Offices, and Foreign Civil
Aviation Authorities that grade 100VLL aviation gasoline meeting the American Society for Testing
and Materials (ASTM) fuel specification D910 is acceptable for use on aircraft and engines
certificated for operation with D910 grades 80, 91, 100, and 100LL aviation gasolines. Grade
100VLL meets all the performance requirements of grades 80, 91, 100, and 100LL and therefore
meets the approved operating limitations for aircraft and engines certificated to operate with these
other grades of aviation gasoline.

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SAIB: NE-09-48R1 Revision to SAIB NE-09-48

This revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities, of any propeller, or any propeller component parts, repaired, inspected, or overhauled by Western Aircraft Propeller Service, Inc. (WAP) (Air Agency Certificate #FQ6R544N) of a revision to SAIB NE-09-48. 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: NE-08-26R3 Possibility for the magneto to separate from the engine

This Revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners, operators, and certificated repair facilities of Lycoming four, six, and eight cylinder reciprocating engines with a Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) (formerly Bendix) Series D2000 and D3000 Dual Magneto (2 magnetos with a single drive), of the possibility for the magneto to separate from the engine. Several conditions identified could result in separation of the magneto from the engine, which will result in the loss of power. These engines can be identified by the letter “D” in the 4th or 5th character in the engine model’s suffix. This revision updates the Lycoming Service Instruction (SI) No. from 1508B to SI 1508C. All other information remains the same.
Most of the problems have occurred in Lycoming IO-360-A1B6D and IO-360-A3B6D engines installed on Mooney M20J-201 and Cessna 177RG airplanes, although the potential for magneto separation exists on any engine with a TCM Dual Magneto installed. 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-06-31R4 Three additional additized lubricating oils

This Revised Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin alerts you, owners and operators of Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) O-320-H, O-360-E, LO-360-E, TO-360-E, LTO-360-E series engines that three additional additized lubricating oils have been added to the list of oils approved as AMOCs to the requirements of airworthiness directive (AD) 80-04-03 R2, paragraph b.1. All other information remains the same. 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.
We have determined that the anti-wear additive contained in the engine lubricating oils listed in Table 1 of this SAIB is the same as Textron Lycoming additive, LW-16702, and therefore meets the requirements of Lycoming Service Bulletins 446B, 446C, 446D, and 446E. We approve changing to any of these engine oils as an AMOC to the requirements of AD 80-04-03 R2, paragraph b.1, with the limitations described below.

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SAIB: CE-11-47 Inner tube failures made from butyl rubber

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts operators, pilots, and aircraft manufacturers of possible inner tube failures made from butyl rubber by Goodyear Aviation Tires, (Goodyear).
At this time, the failure of the inner tubes is not 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: CE-11-38 Honeywell’s RESCU 406(S) Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

The Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises you, owners and operators of a
potential failure mode of Honeywell’s RESCU 406(S) Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) with Part
Numbers (P/Ns) 11513241-1, 1151324-1Mxxx, 1153046-1Mxxx, 1152892-1Mxxx, 1152890-1Mxxx,
1152794-1Mxxx.
At the time this SAIB is issued, 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: CE-11-37 Oil Filter Interference

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, owners, operators and maintenance personnel of an airworthiness concern for Piper PA-44-180 with Lycoming engine models O-360-A1H6, LO-360-A1H6 and Cessna 172R and S with Lycoming engine model IO-360-L2A installed, other engines and aircraft models may also be affected.
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 Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.

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SAIB: CE-11-18 Stall warning characteristics in icing conditions

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is written to inform pilots of normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category (part 23) airplanes certificated before 2000 of the potential hazards associated with stall warning characteristics in icing conditions.
At this time, this airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant an airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR part
39).

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SAIB: CE-11-17 All airplanes certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 23

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin informs you of an airworthiness concern that is
relevant to all airplanes certificated under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR)
part 23, as well as those certificated under the previous Civil Air Regulations (CAR) part 3. This
information is also relevant to any special light-sport category airplanes (S-LSA), experimental lightsport
airplanes (E-LSA), and experimental amateur-built airplanes.
At this time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that this airworthiness
concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant airworthiness directive (AD) action under
14 CFR part 39.

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SAIB: CE-11-06 Main Landing Gear – Tires and Wheels

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) alerts you, registered owners and operators of small airplanes, to follow established safety criteria, guidance, and data when modifying your aircraft with tires that are oversized compared to the original equipment Federal Aviation Administration- (FAA-) approved type design. Oversized tires have been FAA approved by supplemental type certificates (STC) and field approvals on numerous small aircraft types for an assortment of reasons, such as maintaining ground clearance when installing larger propellers or improving landing performance for unique conditions. These oversized tires have customarily been referred to as “Tundra” tires.
At this time, the FAA has determined that this 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. Investigation of a recent accident highlights the need for reminding operators of part 23 certificated airplanes that oversized tire modifications require analysis and substantiation as well as periodic inspections to prevent unsafe conditions. This SAIB reiterates the criteria to apply when evaluating the use of oversized tires and for determining the appropriate requirements to obtain necessary FAA approval.

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SAIB: CE-10-38R1 Honeywell GPS sensor

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises you of an airworthiness concern regarding a missed Global Positioning System (GPS) Non-Precision Approach (NPA), which may be caused by the Honeywell GPS sensor when no backup navigation system is available on flights greater than 5 hours.
The sensors are used in the following products:
• Flight Management System: GNS-XES, GNS-XLS, GNS-XLS Enhanced, GNS-XLS PRNAV, GNS-XLS Enhanced PRNAV, GNS-XL, GNS-XL PRNAV, GS-2100, CDU-XLS
• GPS Navigator: KLN-35A, KLN-89B, KLN-90B, KLN-94, KLN-900, KLX-135, KLX-135A, KLX-189B
• TAWS: KMH-820, KMH-920, KGP-560, KGP-860, MK-XXI, MK V, MK VII, MK VI, MK VIII, MK XXII
• GNSS: KGS-200
• IC-615: IC-615
• EPIC Radio: VIDL-G
At this time, the FAA has determined that this 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 SAIB revises SAIB CE-10-38, dated July 15, 2010, by updating the models and part numbers.

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SAIB: CE-10-38 Honeywell GPS sensor

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises you of an airworthiness concern regarding a missed GPS Non-Precision Approach (NPA), which may be caused by the Honeywell GPS sensor when no backup navigation system is available on flights greater than 5 hours.
These sensors are used in Honeywell’s Flight Management System (GNS-XES, GNS-XLS, GNS-XLS Enchanced, GNS-XLS PRNAV, GNS-XLS Enhanced PRNAV, GNS-XL, GNS-XL PRNAV, CDU-XLS), GPS Navigator (KLN-89B, KLN-90B, KLN-94, KLN-900), TAWS (KMH-820, KMH-920, KGP-560, KGP-860, MK-XXI, MK V, MK VII, MK VI, MK VIII, MK XXII), GNSS (KGS-200), IC-615(IC-615), and EPIC Radio (VIDL-G).
At this time, the FAA has determined that this 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: CE-10-33R1 Engine Exhaust

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) communicates an airworthiness concern to all owners and operators of reciprocating engine-powered airplanes that use an exhaust system heat exchanger for cabin heat. This revision clarifies the airworthiness concern is for aircraft that use an exhaust system heat exchanger for cabin heat.
At this time, this airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant an airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), part 39.

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SAIB: CE-11-16 SBAS (WAAS) enabled Garmin Integrated Flight Decks (G1000/Cirrus Perspective/Embraer Prodigy/G900X/G950), GNS 400W/500Wseries, and SBAS (WAAS) enabled GNS 480/CNX80 units

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin advises you, owners and operators of the incorrect
LNAV/VNAV and LNAV+V Full Scale Deflection in SBAS (WAAS) enabled Garmin Integrated
Flight Decks (G1000/Cirrus Perspective/Embraer Prodigy/G900X/G950), GNS 400W/500Wseries,
and SBAS (WAAS) enabled GNS 480/CNX80 units.
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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FAA-2006-24785 Lycoming Engines Reciprocating Engines

We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Lycoming
Engines (L)O-360, (L)IO-360, AEIO-360, O-540, IO-540, AEIO-540, (L)TIO-540, IO-580, and IO-
720 series reciprocating engines. That AD currently requires replacing certain crankshafts in the
affected engines. This AD continues to require replacing certain crankshafts, corrects the start date of
affected engine models in Lycoming Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 569A to the start date in
Supplement No. 1 to Lycoming MSB No. 569A, dated May 27, 2009, and includes additional
(formerly experimental) IO-390, AEIO-390, and AEIO-580 series engine models having affected
crankshafts. This AD was prompted by Lycoming Engines discovering that the start date of affected
engine models in MSB No. 569A is incorrect and the need to include additional engine models
having the affected crankshafts. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the crankshaft, which
will result in total engine power loss, in-flight engine failure, and possible loss of the aircraft.

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