Piper AD 20-24-05 Wing Spar Corrosion

Just in case you missed it, we want you to know about Piper AD 20-24-05 Wing Spar Corrosion.

The AD effects these 7 models:

        • PA-28-140
        • PA-28-150
        • PA-28-160
        • PA-28-180
        • PA-28-235
        • PA-32-260
        • PA-32-300

It is Recurring, and is effective Dec 28, 2020.

The unsafe condition is listed as:

“This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion found in an area of the main wing spar not easily accessible for inspection. The FAA is issuing this AD to detect and correct corrosion in the wing root area of the left and the right main wing spars. Corrosion of the main wing spar, if not detected and corrected, could cause the main wing spar to fail with consequent loss of control of the airplane.”

If you feel this AD affects your work, please LOGIN to the AD Toolbox and view the AD here:

https://www.airworthinessdirectives.com/Members/AD/ViewAD/20-24-05

There is a Piper Service Bulletin referenced in the AD;  Piper SB 1304A:

https://www.airworthinessdirectives.com/Members/SB/Piper_1304A.pdf

Here is the link for a different Piper AD, also relating to Wing Spar, but with entirely different models (PA-28-151, PA-28-161, PA-28-181, PA-28-235, PA-28R-180, PA-28R-200, PA-28R-201, PA-28R-201T, PA-28RT-201, PA-28RT-201T, PA-32-260, PA-32-300, PA-32R-300, PA-32RT-300, PA-32RT-300T):

https://www.airworthinessdirectives.com/Members/AD/ViewAD/20-26-16

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Related Articles:

https://zookaviation.com/blog/2019/02/05/piper-pa-28-32-main-wing-spar-corrosion/

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My Aircraft: Create a New Aircraft Profile with the Registry

Would you like to create a new Aircraft Profile?

There are several ways to create a NEW Aircraft Profile:

      1. From the Aircraft Registry (preferred and recommended), or
      2. From the My Aircraft menu (slower, more steps).

We’ll show you BOTH methods, starting with The REGISTRY:

Go to the Main Member Dashboard > Left Panel > Aircraft Registry > Search by N# or S/N:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Type in the N-Number and click Search:   *Click the blue arrow to open the Registry listing:

On the next screen, click the +Add to My Aircraft button:

 

Side Note:  – – – – – NO +ADD BUTTON? – – – – –

Occasionally, you may come across a listing that does not offer the +Add to My Aircraft button. This will happen for Experimental and Large (over 12,500 lbs) aircraft.  Click HERE to learn how to add those manually.

Side Note: – – – – –  SERIAL NUMBER FORMAT WARNING: – – – – –

At times, you may get a Serial Number warning (in red print). All this means is that you need to click the Edit button and change the Serial Number format to match the exact format description, such as this:

IS THE PROFILE COMPLETE?

Once you’ve set up the Aircraft Profile, you can do a number of other things, like:

      1. See what Regulations apply, including ADs, Service Documents (SBs), AMAs, STCs, or Suggested Appliances.
      2. Add a Photo.
      3. Add a Customer.
      4. Create a new, or link to an existing: AD Report, Logbook Entry, Weight Form, 337, ICA Work Order, or Invoice.
      5. Not all, but some profiles will also display Aircraft Accident / Incident information.  You can learn more about that here:  https://zookaviation.com/blog/2020/06/23/addition-of-aircraft-accident-incident-data/

That was one way to start a Profile.  Here’s the other method by going directly through MY AIRCRAFT (it takes a bit longer, with more steps):

My Aircraft: Create a New Aircraft Profile with the My Aircraft

As an extra, here is the step-by-step My Aircraft Guide Book to get you started:

MyAircraftZookAviation

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Converting, Importing, Transferring External Documents

Customers often ask: “Can you import my Reports from XYZ into your system?”

Whatever you prefer to call it:  “converting, transferring, or importing”, we do NOT currently offer that service, however, there is a work around, IF you still have the digital versions of your external documents.

What’s the work around?  Have you ever used the Copy & Paste functions on your keyboard?  If so, this should be fairly simple for you.

If you still have access to the digital version of your external documents, open TWO Windows:

      1. The AD Toolbox, and
      2. Your external documents, whether it be via browser, or opening a PDF, Word or Excel window.

Create a New document within the AD Toolbox (can be a Logbook Entry, AD Report, Weight & Balance Form, etc).

Copy the data from the external document, and Paste it into the correct field in your new AD Toolbox document.

If you don’t know how to Copy & Paste, here’s a quick intro, using keyboard functions:

On a PC:

Copy is:  CTRL C

Paste is:  CTRL V

See the source image

On a Mac:

Copy is:  Command C

See the source image

Paste is:  Command V

See the source image

Give this a try and let us know how it’s worked for you.  Copy & paste is a great tool, no matter what you might be working on.  We hope this helps get your external records moved over.

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THIS is Why we do Annual Inspections

THIS is Why we do Annual Inspections, an article by Dean Showalter:

Good morning aviators and friends!

I’ve got a good one for you this week… check out this picture, and be as surprised as I was when I found it last Monday 🙂

Yep, that trim cable pulley is broken. And yep, the cable is sawing into the bushing… after removing the pulley and bushing, I discovered the cable had worn a groove completely through the bushing and was even cutting into the bolt inside the bushing.

Here’s how I found this broken pulley:

It’s a Piper Cherokee Six… a really nice one, actually.

Imagine I’m standing on the right side of the tail, in front of the stabilator.

There’s a small inspection panel on the side of the tail… the ELT is mounted just inside.

The hole is just big enough for me to reach my arm inside.

When I inspect these Pipers, one thing I like to do is reach my arm inside this access hole, up and slightly forward to the two trim cable pulleys in the picture above, and make sure I can rotate them with my fingers. And that’s what I was doing with this airplane.

Most of the time, the pulleys rotate easily, and everything is fine.

Not this time.

This time, my fingers were “seeing” something out of the ordinary.

In fact, of all the many Pipers I’ve ever inspected, this was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen in this particular location.

The question is, how did this happen?

I’ve been trying once again, to be an “airplane detective,” and figure that out.

Did the pulley stop rotating, and the cable cut into it over a long period of time?

Maybe.

But I don’t think that was the whole story, and here’s why:

When I turned the trim system to one extreme of its travel, the right cable turnbuckle was about a foot away from the pulley.

But when I turned the trim system to the opposite extreme of its travel, the left turnbuckle moved right up against the pulley bracket.

I think perhaps this contributed to breaking the pulley.

Something was not correct with the stabilator trim system rigging.

So in this case, it will be important to not only install a new pulley, a new bushing, and a new bolt, but to also rig the trim system according to the maintenance manual instructions.

And when that is accomplished, I don’t think that pulley will ever break again.

Sometimes, annual inspections can feel redundant, and we might occasionally wonder if it’s worth it.

I just want to say, “It’s totally worth it!”

Your precious cargo (your family and friends) are counting on you for a safe flying experience… and annual inspections are one of the best ways to catch potential issues before they create an in-flight problem.

Have a great week friends!

Dean Showalter

P.S. You might wonder, will that trim cable need to be replaced?

Amazingly, I don’t think so… I examined it closely, and did not find even one broken wire strand… (if I found even one broken strand, I’d replace it, but the cable appears to be in good condition.)


If you’d like to read more of Dean’s articles and listen to his educational Podcasts, visit:  http://airplaneownermaintenance.com/

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New Form: ZA-AD201801J

When reading AD 20-18-01, applicable to a vast number of Cessna’s, you will note that Paragraph J explains the Reporting requirements, seen here:


(j) Reporting Requirement

Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, or within 30 days after completing the initial inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, whichever occurs later, report the findings of the initial inspection (regardless if cracks were found or not) to the FAA at Wichita-COS@faa.gov. Thereafter, within 30 days after completing each repetitive inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if any crack was found, report the crack findings to the FAA at Wichita-COS@faa.gov. Include in your reports the following information:

(1) Name and address of the owner;
(2) Date of the inspection;
(3) Name, address, telephone number, and email address of the person submitting the report;
(4) Airplane serial number and total hours TIS on the airplane at the time of the inspection; and (5) If any crack was found during the inspection, provide detailed crack information as specified below:
(i) A sketch or picture detailing the crack location;
(ii) Measured length of the crack(s) found;
(iii) Installation of a Cessna service kit or any other kit or repair before the inspection; and

(iv) Installation of any supplemental type certificates (STCs), alterations, repairs, or field approvals affecting the area of concern or affecting gross weight.


In response to a customer’s request, we broke the AD’s paragraph J out into Form style, so you can answer all the questions and turn the Report in, as required.

Login and go to Forms > FAA/Custom Forms and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Let us know if you have any questions or  comments!

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AD Reports: Print by Category

Ever want to just print a specific category of your AD Report?  Such as just the Airframe, and nothing else, or just the Engines?
In this example, we’re showing how to print Appliances only:
When in an AD Report, look to the left panel, there you will see “Print Options”.
Click that and choose “Print by Category”.
Locate the Filter by Category area, and select “Appliances” in the drop down list. Click Filter.
Next, choose your Print Layout, and lastly, click the Print button.

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Make an Appliance or Component Only AD Report

If you’d like to make an Appliance or Component-Only AD Report, it’s fairly simple, here’s how:

From the Member’s Dashboard, on the Left Panel:

    1. Click AD & TCD Search.  That will open a list.
    2. Click Appliance AD
    3. In the upper right hand corner, click the blue +Create Blank Report (No ADs) button.

When the blank report opens, first click the Edit Heading link to change the name of the Report:

Delete the existing words in the Manufacturer and Model field that say “BLANK REPORT (Manufacturer and Model is editable)” and type in your own title.  It can be whatever description of the Appliance or Component that you want.  Click Save:

For this Example, we’ve typed in:  Magneto – Bendix S20 / S200

Now, Add your Appliance AD (or ADs), here’s how:

On the left side, click Add ADs/Service Documents which will open a list, then choose Add Appliance AD:

Next, 1) locate the Filter Search towards the upper right side of the list, and type in whatever you’re looking for.  You can type “magneto” or “bendix”.  Here’s we’ve typed “S-200” which narrowed our search and showed us those AD titles containing “S-200”.  2) Check off the ADs you want to add to your report. 3) Click the Add button:

The final result is an AD report that only includes the Appliances (aka Components) that you need:

 

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Manufacturer’s Service Documents

Manufacturer’s Service Documents

If you’re looking for completely FREE and accessible Service Documents, the good folks at these locations make them publicly available:

Aviat:

https://aviataircraft.com/

Eagle:  https://aviataircraft.com/eagle-service-bulletins/

Husky:  https://aviataircraft.com/husky-service-bulletins/

Pitts:  https://aviataircraft.com/pitts-service-bulletins/

Bell:

ASBs, TBs, OSNs, ILs, etc:  https://www.bellcustomer.com/

Bulletins:  https://www.bellcustomer.com/Bulletins

Maule:

https://www.mauleairinc.com/parts

Scroll down to Service Bulletins & Letters.  Hover over the document you need and click it to open.

 

Single User or Multi User. What’s the Difference?

When deciding on a subscription, there are several options to choose from. Besides Monthly, Annual and 2-Year, you can also choose between Single-User and Multi-User.

Single-User is intended for ONE individual (or ONE business) at ONE location*, and is the most popular type of account, great for:

    • Independent IAs with a workshop and/or those that are mobile
    • Shops or FBOs that have one Primary IA
    • Aircraft Owners
    • Schools where one class instructor oversees and grades individual student’s work.
    • Hobbyists
    • Restoration enthusiasts
    • Non-profit organizations such as Museums, Missionary groups, Remote Medical Rescue agencies, etc

*If you have more than one location, you will need to create an independent account for that specific location.

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Multi-User is intended for UP TO 5 individuals, in ONE shop.

The advantages to a Multi-user account is having the option to choose which name appears on the task that is being performed.

You will see a drop-down list of names to choose from in a number of places across the program.  A few are:

    • AD Reports
    • IA Activity Reports
    • Forms Portal (Forms/Checklists  >  +Create New Form)

If there is no drop-down list, this means that the “default user” is automatically placed, but you can easily change the User by clicking the “Change User” button toward the top of the page. A few of those places would be:

    • Logbook Record
    • Weight and Balance Forms
    • 337 Form
    • and more

Also, the additional users can set the receive, or turn off, email notifications for new AD releases:

https://zookaviation.com/blog/2019/03/12/how-to-change-email-notification-settings/

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Please note:  At this time, there is still only ONE sign-in for both SINGLE and MULTI-User Accounts.  We are working on making changes so in the future, there can be different degrees of roles and access, so Invoicing and other areas can be hidden.

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How to I UPGRADE from SINGLE-USER to MULTI-USER?

If you’re in the middle of a subscription, at this time, we do not have an Upgrade button, so you will need to CONTACT US in order to make the change.

If your subscription has expired, and you’d like to renew and Upgrade, just go to our pricing page and select the new Multi-user Plan.  Be sure to use the SAME EMAIL as your existing account!  This is VERY IMPORTANT!!

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Search for Engine ADs

If you’re looking to search exclusively for Engine ADs, it’s very simple.

From the Dashboard, go to the left panel and click on AD & TCD Search. That will open a list.

Next, Click on Engine AD & TCD:

Once in the Search screen, type the model digits in to the Model field.  (We suggest leaving the Manufacturer field empty).  Click Search.

You’ll see a Results list appear below (you might have to scroll down to see it). From there you can type into the Filter box to narrow down your search.

Once you’ve found your Engine Model, click the View ADs List (_) link.

If you’re thinking about the Engine ADs within an AD Report, open the report, and click on “Select Engine (Single/Left Engine)”.

Select the engine from the list, or add your own engine.  The ADs assigned to that Engine will be added to your AD Report.  Scroll down to view them.

If it’s a twin, click on “Select Engine (Right Engine)” for the next one, to repeat the process.  Scroll down to view the new Engine ADs you just added.

You can spot the Engine ADs within your report by looking for this symbol:

 

 

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