December 2005 Issue

First Word: 12/05

A Hair-trigger AD We Could Do Without
With rising fuel and shop maintenance prices, Draconian airspace restrictions and a hinky insurance market—at least for older pilots—the last thing we need are hair-trigger airworthiness directives. Yet that’s exactly what the FAA has given us in the form of a questionable Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to replace about 1200 connecting rods made by Engine Components, Inc. for Lycoming engines. The details are described on page 20 of this issue, but suffice it to say here that if this NPRM makes it to the AD stage, several hundred owners of Lycoming engines will be forced to needlessly replace ECI connecting rods to the tune of invoice amount...

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