Editorial

April 2006 Issue

First Word: 04/06

PRODUCT DEFECTS AND DOING THE RIGHT THING

As a former president once said, I feel your pain if you happen to own an airplane equipped with both a Lycoming engine and a WSI AV200 datalink receiver. Chances are, you’ll have to rip the guts out of the engine and that happy box back there in the avionics bay will soon be so much obsolete junk.

The companies responsible for these events—Lycoming and WSI—hate it when I put things in such unapologetic terms. I feel their pain, too. But here’s the ugly truth: Lycoming oversaw the design, production and sale of at least 2400 crankshafts deemed to be defective and as we go to press, it has announced that another 5100 need to be replaced i...

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