Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
17 Jan 2012
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CAA requires check of 12 Beechcraft aircraft
The CAA has issued a safety notice requiring the forward elevator cables on certain Beechcraft aircraft to be checked.
The Airworthiness Directive issued yesterday affects nine Beechcraft Bonanza and Debonair aircraft that are operated in New Zealand. Today, the Airworthiness Directive will also be extended to cover the Beechcraft Baron aircraft, of which there are three in New Zealand.
The Airworthiness Directive requires that the cables be checked at each aircraft’s next scheduled maintenance inspection (most of these aircraft are inspected every 50 flying hours). If the cables are found to be damaged, they must be replaced immediately. If they are in good condition, they may remain in service unless they are over 15 years old, in which case they must be replaced by 18 March 2012.
The Airworthiness Directive follows an event in Australia in which a cable snapped before take-off, and the subsequent issue of an Australian Airworthiness Directive. There is currently no reason to expect the Airworthiness Directive to be extended further across the Beechcraft fleet.
Airworthiness Directives are issued by aviation regulatory authorities internationally to require urgent remedial maintenance to aircraft. All countries share Airworthiness Directives and other safety bulletins, and consider them for local applicability. Differences in maintenance requirements and age of aircraft, as well as the circumstances surrounding the issue of an Airworthiness Directive vary from country to country, and risks may not automatically apply internationally.