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NPRM: Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP) Engines & Lycoming Engines With a Certain SAP Crankshaft Assembly

Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

Docket No. FAA–2018–1077; Product Identifier 2018–NE–40–AD


The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all SAP Model IO–360-series and O–360-series reciprocating engines and certain Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) Model AEIO–360-, IO–360-, and O–360-series reciprocating engines with a certain SAP crankshaft assembly installed. This SAP crankshaft assembly is installed as original equipment on the affected SAP engines and as a replacement part under parts manufacturer approval (PMA) on the affected Lycoming engines. This proposed AD was prompted by three crankshaft assembly failures that resulted in the loss of engine power and immediate or emergency landings. This proposed AD would require the removal from service of all affected crankshaft assemblies. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

Download PDF for entire NPRM


The Gathering at Waupaca 2020

The Gathering at Waupaca 2020

The 16th Annual Gathering at Waupaca - July 18-19, 2020

​Fun, food and friendship are again planned for our 16th annual Gathering in Waupaca, Wis. July 18 - 19, 2020.

Piper Flyer and Cessna FlyerAssociation members and guests join us in beautiful Waupaca. Meet your fellow members and association staff at a welcome reception Saturday evening.  

A full slate of informative seminars takes place on Sunday with time in between for networking and socializing. The Sunday evening banquet will be held at the Waupaca Ale House with good food and companionship.

Bright and early Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning (July 20 – 22) the air-conditioned motorcoach will take attendees to AirVenture, with an optional night bus on Wednesday to accommodate viewing the night air show.

​As usual, we’ll have some fabulous raffle prizes at our Sunday drawing.

(New this year, we are teaming up with Cherokees to Oshkosh for those Piper folk who want to fly the mass arrival to AirVenture, but don't want to camp on the AirVenture grounds. Scroll to the bottom for more information about that.)


The Gathering at Waupaca Schedule:

Saturday, July 18, 2020
Registration (late arrivals can complete registration at any time during the event)
18:00 –? Cocktail Reception. Includes food and beverages. 
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Seminars and prize drawings will be held at the Waupaca Convention Center at Par 4 resort on the grounds of the event hotel. 
Bus to AirVenture
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning the bus to AirVenture will be at the Comfort Suites at 07:00 am and will leave for Oshkosh at 07:30 am. The bus will leave the AirVenture grounds at 18:00 to return to the Comfort Suites.


​Super Early Bird rate for event registration is just $119.00 when booked by March 1, 2020. ($129 if registering after March 1, but before May 1, $150 thereafter.) Registration is refundable up to June 18, 2020.

To register go to https://thegatheringatwaupaca.simpletix.com/ 

Hotel room rate is $129/night for first 20 rooms booked, $139/night thereafter

Hotel info: Par 4 Resort 201 Foxfire Dr, Waupaca, WI 54981; Tel: (715) 256-9000

​Airport: Waupaca Municipal Airport (KPCZ)

Hotel room and AirVenture admission are not included in the registration fee.


Cherokees to Osh - Best of both worlds offer

Have you always wanted to fly the Cherokee mass arrival with Cherokees to Osh, but don’t want to camp under the wing? We have a solution for you.

Cherokees to Osh and the Piper Flyer Association have teamed up to bring you the “Best of Both Worlds” offer.

Join Cherokees to Oshkosh, share in the training and camaraderie of the group. Launch from Waupaca, Wisconsin and get the thrill of landing in a mass arrival at Oshkosh. Then simply get back in your Cherokee make the short flight back to Waupaca and join the Piper Flyer Association for the Gathering at Waupaca.

But, you ask, how do I get to the AirVenture show? We’ve got you covered with a bus ride from Waupaca to Oshkosh on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Combined pricing is only $209 per pilot* and $184 per companion

Included in the price:

The Gathering at Waupaca items mentioned above PLUS:

Cherokees to Osh registration includes

All participants receive:
One Burgundy Shirt
Name tag
Ground Transportation in Waupaca
Lunch on Thursday and Friday
Awards Dinner Friday night
Commemorative Plaque

For this combined offer you will need to register and be accepted to fly the mass arrival first. Please go to https://www.cherokees2osh.com/ 

*Pilot pricing applies to the pilot who will be flying the Cherokees to Oshkosh mass arrival.

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