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AVIATION MAINTENANCE ALERTS

 

 

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ALERT

NUMBER

310

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MAY

2004

 


CONTENTS

AIRPLANES

BEECH......................................................................................................................................... 1

CESSNA...................................................................................................................................... 1

PIPER........................................................................................................................................... 2

POWERPLANTS AND PROPELLERS

DUAL O-RING INSTALLED ON ENGINE CYLINDER BASE................................................ 3

ACCESSORIES

SAFE-HEET ENGINE PRE-HEATER......................................................................................... 4

AIR NOTES

ELECTRONIC VERSION OF FAA FORM 8010-4,
     MALFUNCTION OR DEFECT REPORT.............................................................................. 5

PAPER COPY OF FAA FORM 8010-4, MALFUNCTION OR DEFECT REPORT................. 5

SERVICE DIFFICULTY REPORTING PROGRAM................................................................... 5

IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT US........................................................................................... 6

AVIATION SERVICE DIFFICULTY REPORTS........................................................................ 6


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
WASHINGTON, DC 20590

AVIATION MAINTENANCE ALERTS

The Aviation Maintenance Alerts provide a common communication channel through which the aviation community can economically interchange service experience and thereby cooperate in the improvement of aeronautical product durability, reliability, and safety. This publication is prepared from information submitted by those who operate and maintain civil aeronautical products. The contents include items that have been reported as significant, but which have not been evaluated fully by the time the material went to press. As additional facts such as cause and corrective action are identified, the data will be published in subsequent issues of the Alerts. This procedure gives Alerts’ readers prompt notice of conditions reported via Malfunction or Defect Reports. Your comments and suggestions for improvement are always welcome. Send to: FAA; ATTN: Aviation Data Systems Branch (AFS-620); P.O. Box 25082; Oklahoma City, OK 73125-5029.

 

AIRPLANES

BEECH

Beech; Model B100; Horizontal Stabilizer Attach Bolt Failure; ATA 5510

While inspecting the horizontal stabilizer attach fittings, the technician discovered the bolt (AN176-13A/M/) head missing at the left aft attach point. Further investigation revealed the bolt was worn and corroded.

The submitter replaced the left and right aft attach bolts since both bolts were worn and corroded.

Part total time unknown.

 

Beech; Model 1900D; Airliner; Loose Vertical Stabilizer Bolts; ATA 5530

While performing an inspection of the tail section, the technician discovered the upper four attach bolts, (P/N EWB22-514) for the vertical stabilizer forward spar, were smoking and the washers were loose under the right side bolt heads. All four bolts were below the minimum torque spec.

A search of the FAA Service Difficulty Reporting Program data base contains 16 reports on loose vertical stabilizer attach bolts on the Beech 1900D aircraft.

Part total time: 20,267 hours.

 

CESSNA

Cessna; Model 172R; Skyhawk; Cracks in Lower Firewall; ATA 5312

During an inspection, the technician found numerous cracks in the lower firewall (P/N 0553031-5) left side zone 124. The cracks radiated from the lower battery mount and cowling mount brackets. (Refer illustration.)

The submitter stated that he was aware of three additional like aircraft where the firewalls developed cracks in the same area.

A search of the FAA Service Difficulty Reporting Program data base contains 20 reports on Cessna 172R with firewall cracks. Most of the reports were generated while complying with Service Bulletin 98-53-02.


Part total time: 500 hours.

Illustration shows cracks radiating from lower battery mount and engine cowling mount bracket, crack where approximately 3/4 inch and 1 inch in length.

 

Cessna; Model T-303; Crusader; Cracked Engine Mount; ATA 7120

During an annual inspection, the technician discovered the inboard lower engine mount leg (P/N 643042) was cracked on the left engine.

The aircraft total time was 4,392 hours, and the engine total time was 685 hours since factory rebuilt. The crack was about 1-1/8 inches long and located at the lower edge 3 inches from the engine attach point.

The submitter also stated that it had a small porosity void 3/8 inch from the edge of the mount leg and in line with the crack. (Refer to the illustration.)

Part total time unknown.

Illustration shows a 1-1/8" crack at the lower edge of the mount 3 inches from the engine attach point.

 

PIPER

Piper; Model PA-28R-201; Arrow IV; Nose Landing Gear Actuator Rod-End Failure; ATA 3230

When the pilot tried to retract the nose gear, he heard a “trumping” sound, and the nose gear extended and locked. He extended the main landing gear and made a precautionary landing.


The technician discovered the nose gear actuator rod-end (P/N 452-729) had sheared at the end of the threads on the bearing end.

Part total time: 1,832 hours.

 

Piper; Model PA-28R-201; Arrow IV; Cracked Rudder Spar; ATA 5541

While inspecting the upper rudder spar (P/N 63543-00) and doublers (P/N 65341-00), the technician found cracks on both sides of the bend radius.

Both cracks were about ¾ to 1 inch in length from the top of the rudder to the nut plate. (Refer to the illustration.)

The operator inspected 13 additional PA-28R-201 aircraft in his fleet, and discovered two of the aircraft had spar cracks and four of the aircraft had cracked doublers.

Part total time: 2,639 hours.

Illustration shows upper portion of the rudder spar and doubler with crack on both sides of the bend radius. Both cracks are about 3/4 to 1 inch in length from the top of the nutplate.

 

 

POWERPLANTS AND PROPELLERS

DUAL O-RING INSTALLED ON ENGINE CYLINDER BASE

Teledyne-Continental; Model TSIO-520 Engine; Dual O-Ring Installation; ATA 8530

The Small Airplane Directorate received the following report from a repair regarding a problem with a Teledyne-Continental TSIO-520 engine. (The following report is published as it was received.)

During an annual inspection, it was discovered that one of the cylinder hold down studs had a missing nut. The nut was found lying in the cylinder baffling area. A torque check of the remaining nuts showed that several had become loose. The cylinder was removed to investigate. Upon removal, the mechanic found that the suspect cylinder had two cylinder base seals installed. The o-rings were deformed and compressed. Due to the two o-rings installed the original torque values had changed allowing one nut to come completely off and several remaining nuts to loosen. If not found it is possible that the cylinder could have eventually come loose from the crankcase causing severe engine damage or failure. The engine had 121 hours since new. (Refer to the illustration).


Maintenance personnel should take precaution when finding cylinder hold down hardware missing or loose. This incident is probably an isolated production error but demonstrates that further investigation into a problem can lead to discovery of additional problems that may not be apparent from a visual inspection.

Part total time: 121 hours.

Illustration shows two o-rings installed on the engine cylinder base. The o-rings were deformed and compressed.

 

ACCESSORIES

SAFE-HEET ENGINE PRE-HEATER

McFarlane Aviation, Inc.; Model 700,705,715 and 720 SAFE-HEET Engine Pre-Heater; Engine Pre-heater Oil Pan Damage; ATA 8550

The Airframe and Propulsion & Services, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, ACE-118W located in Wichita, Kansas, submitted the following article. (This article is published as it was received.)

Two reports have been received of a hole in the oil pan on Teledyne/Continental engines equipped with silicone pad engine pre-heaters that use standard 110 volt as a power source. SAFE-HEET brand FAA-PMA engine pre-heaters manufactured by McFarlane Aviation were installed on the O-470 and IO-520 engines with the stamped sheet metal oil pan. In both instances oil was discovered on the aircraft nose gear and hangar floor during the preflight inspection after the engine pre-heater was operated. Further investigation revealed that electrical arcing had burned/eroded a small hole in the oil pan with extensive engine oil loss. Undetected oil leakage could result in in-flight oil loss and subsequent engine failure.

It was reported that one of the pre-heaters had been in service over ten years and one had been in service over two years. Both occurrences were reported from the Northwest United States. The investigation by the manufacturer indicated that the probable cause was lightning induced power spikes or mechanical damage failing the insulation near the power cord. It is believed that further metal erosion from electrical arcing during continued use of the pre-heater after initial damage is possible. It seems likely that this type of damage could occur with other brands of electrical engine pre-heaters that attach to the engine oil pan.


McFarlane Aviation, Inc. has addressed this issue by release of Service Bulletin SB-3, dated February 19, 2004, which outlines inspection requirements and installation of a circuit protective electrical device that will prevent and detect pre-heater and engine damage. The service bulletin is available at: http://www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/ .

Both occurrences were on Model 720 SAFE-HEET engine pre-heaters, one was in service for approximately 2-1/2 years and the second had been in service for 10 years.

Part total time: Both occurrences were on Model 720 SAFE-HEET engine pre-heaters, one was in service for approximately 2-1/2 years and the second had been in service for 10 years.

 

AIR NOTES

ELECTRONIC VERSION OF FAA FORM 8010-4, MALFUNCTION OR DEFECT REPORT

One of the recent improvements to the Flight Standards Service Aviation Information Internet web site is the inclusion of FAA Form 8010-4, Malfunction or Defect Report. This web site is still under construction and further changes will be made; however, the site is now active, usable, and contains a great deal of information.

Various electronic versions of this form have been used in the past; however, this new electronic version is more user friendly and replaces all other versions. You can complete the form online and submit the information electronically. The form is used for all aircraft except certificated air carriers who are provided a different electronic form. The Internet address is: http://forms.faa.gov/forms/faa8010-4.pdf

When the page opens, select “M or D Submission Form” and, when complete, use the “Add Service Difficulty Report” button at the top left to send the form. Many of you have inquired about this service. It is now available, and we encourage everyone to use this format when submitting aviation, service-related information.

 

PAPER COPY OF FAA FORM 8010-4, MALFUNCTION OR DEFECT REPORT

In the past, the last two pages of the Alerts contained a paper copy of FAA Form 8010-4, Malfunction or Defect Report. To meet the requirements of *Section 508, this form will no longer be published in the Alerts; however, the form is available on the Internet at: http://forms.faa.gov/forms/faa8010-4.pdf. You can still download and complete the form as you have in the past.

*Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.

 

SERVICE DIFFICULTY REPORTING PROGRAM

The objective of the Service Difficulty Reporting (SDR) Program is to achieve prompt and appropriate correction of conditions adversely affecting continued airworthiness of aeronautical products fleet wide. The SDR program is an exchange of information and a method of communication between the FAA and the aviation community concerning inservice problems.

A report should be filed whenever a system, component, or part of an aircraft, powerplant, propeller, or appliance fails to function in a normal or usual manner. In addition, if a system, component, or part of an aircraft, powerplant, propeller, or appliance has a flaw or imperfection which impairs, or which may impair its future function, it is considered defective and should be reported under the program.


These reports are known by a variety of names: Service Difficulty Reports (SDR), Malfunction or Defect Reports (M or D) and Maintenance Difficulty Reports (MDR).

The collection, collation, analysis of data, and the rapid dissemination of mechanical discrepancies, alerts, and trend information to the appropriate segments of the FAA and the aviation community provides an effective and economical method of ensuring future aviation safety.

The FAA analyzes SDR data for safety implications and reviews the data to identify possible trends that may not be apparent regionally or to individual operators. As a result of this review, the FAA may disseminate safety information to a particular section of the aviation community. The FAA also may adopt new regulations or issue airworthiness directives (AD’s) to address a specific problem.

The primary source of SDR’s are certificate holders operating under Parts 121, 125, 135, 145 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, and the general aviation community which voluntarily submit records. FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors may also report service difficulty information when they conduct routine aircraft and maintenance surveillance as well as accident and incident investigations.

The SDR data base contains records dating back to 1974. Reports may be submitted on the Internet through an active data entry form or on hard copy. The electronic data entry form is in the Flight Standards Aviation web site. The URL is: http://av-info.faa.gov/.

A public search/query tool is also available on this same web site. This tool has provisions for printing reports or downloading data.

At the current time we are receiving approximately 45,000 records per year.

Point of contact is:
John Jackson
Service Difficulty Reporting System Program Manager
Aviation Data Systems Branch, AFS-620
P.O. Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

Telephone: (405) 954-6486
E-mail: 9-AMC-SDR-ProgMgr@faa.gov

 

IF YOU WANT TO CONTACT US

We welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions. You may use any of the following means of communication to submit reports concerning aviation-related occurrences.

Editor: Isaac Williams (405) 954-6488
FAX: (405) 954-4570 or (405) 954-4655

Mailing address: FAA, ATTN: AFS-620 ALERTS, P.O. Box 25082 , Oklahoma City, OK 73125-5029

You can access current and back issues of this publication from the internet at:
http://av-info.faa.gov/. Select the General Aviation Airworthiness Alerts heading.

 


AVIATION SERVICE DIFFICULTY REPORTS

The following are abbreviated reports submitted between March 24, 2004, and April 24, 2004, which have been entered into the FAA Service Difficulty Reporting (SDR) System data base. This is not an all inclusive listing of Service Difficulty Reports. For more information, contact the FAA, Regulatory Support Division, Aviation Data Systems Branch, AFS-620, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The mailing address is:

FAA
Aviation Data Systems Branch, AFS-620
PO Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125

To retrieve the complete report, click on the Control Number located in each report. These reports contain raw data that has not been edited. Also, because these reports contain raw data, the pages containing the raw data are not numbered.

If you require further detail please contact AFS-620 at the address above.


Federal Aviation Administration

Service Difficulty Report Data

 

Sorted by aircraft make and model then engine make and model. This report derives from unverified information submitted by the aviation community without FAA review for accuracy.

Control Number

Aircraft Make

Engine Make

Component Make

Part Name

Part Condition

Difficulty Date

Aircraft Model

Engine Model

Component Model

Part Number

Part Location

CA040113003

AMD  

GARRTT

 

CONTROL ROD

FAILED

12/8/2003

FALCON50MYST

TFE73131C

 

F50B273517

ELEVATOR

(CAN) DURING C CHECK INSPECTION, ELEVATOR PUSH/PULL CONTROL ROD WAS FOUND WITH A WEAR MARK OF 1.37 LONG, .34 WIDE AND .0125 DEEP. THE WEAR MARK WAS CAUSED BY INTERFERENCE WITH A GEAR TYPE CLAMP ON AN ECS DUCT UNDER THE AFT CABIN VANITY. THE GEAR/SCREW PORTION OF THE CLAMP WAS POSITIONED AGAINST THE TUBE. LOOSENING THE CLAMP AND ROTATING IT SO SCREW/GEAR PORTION WAS AT 12 O’CLOCK POSITION RECTIFIED THE INTERFERENCE PROBLEM. CONTROL ROD WAS REPLACED WITH NEW UNIT.

CA040311006

AROFAL

ALLSN

 

SEPARATOR

SHEARED

3/2/2004

OH58C

T63A720

 

23038229

OIL/AIR

(CAN) ON DISASSEMBLY OF THE GEARBOX ASSEMBLY, THE AIR OIL SEPARATOR GEAR SHAFT WAS FOUND SHEARED AT THE JUNCTION OF GEAR AND SHAFT. THE ENGINE WAS SENT TO THE SHOP FOR METAL CONTAMINATION. THE AIRCRAFT HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN INVOLVED IN A WIRE STRIKE. THE ENGINE RAN FOR 5 MINUTES AFTER THE STRIKE BUT BOTH CHIP DETECTORS HAD A LOT OF METAL.

2004FA0000252

AVIAT

LYC  

 

AILERON

MISLOCATED

11/6/2003

A1B  

O360*

 

 

WINGS

FOUND RIVET IN AILERON LEADING EDGE HAD CAUGHT CORNER OF RIB INSTEAD OF THROUGH CENTER OF RIB. CONDITION IN BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT AILERONS AT WS123. REPAIRED CONDITION IAW MFG LETTER OF INSTRUCTION.

CA040309001

BEECH

PWA  

 

CONTROL CABLE

SEVERED

3/3/2004

1900C

PT6A65B

 

1143890503

POWER LEVER

(CAN) AFTER LANDING AND SUBSEQUENT TAXI THE RT ENGINE SPOOLED UP AND DID NOT RESPOND TO POWER LEVER MOVEMENT. THE ENGINE WAS SHUT DOWN AND THE AIRCRAFT COMPLETED TAXI TO THE TERMINAL ON THE LT ENGINE. MAINTENANCE INVESTIGATED AND DISCOVERED THAT THE POWER LEVER CABLE HAD BEEN SEVERED BY THE PULLEY OF THE VAPOR CYCLE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM. THE CABLE HAD BEEN ROUTED TOO CLOSE TO THE PULLEY DURING AN ENGINE REMOVAL AND REINSTALLATION 64 HOURS PRIOR TO THE INCIDENT.

CA040107005

BEECH

PWA  

 

HEATER

CRACKED

12/19/2003

1900C

PT6A65B

 

10585

OIL/FUEL

(CAN) OIL PRESSURE ANNUNCIATOR ILLUMINATED FOLLOWED BY OIL PRESSURE FLUCTUATIONS. CREW THEN SHUT ENGINE DOWN AND LANDED WITH NO FURTHER PROBLEMS. UPON INSPECTION BY MAINTENANCE IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WAS AN EXCESSIVE OIL LEAK AND LOW OIL LEVEL. THIS WAS THE CAUSE OF THE FLUCTUATIONS IN THE OIL PRESSURE. FURTHER INSPECTION REVEALED THAT A CRACK IN THE OIL TO FUEL HEATER CAUSED THE EXCESSIVE OIL LEAK. THE CRACK WAS LOCATED AT A WELD IN THE SEAM AREA. THE ENGINE WAS INSPECTED IAW MFG MM 72-00-00 PAGE 643. OIL TO FUEL HEATER WAS REPLACED AND SEVERAL GROUND RUNS WERE CARRIED OUT. ENGINE WAS FOUND TO BE OPERATING WITHIN DESIRED SERVICEABLE LIMITS AND AIRCRAFT WAS RETURNED TO SERVICE.

CA040203004

BEECH

PWA  

 

RELAY

FAILED

1/30/2004

1900C

PT6A65B

 

MS24171D1

MLG MOTOR

(CAN) LANDING GEAR FAILED TO EXTEND ON APPROACH. EMERGENCY EXTENSION WAS CARRIED OUT AND AIRCRAFT LANDED SAFELY. MAINTENANCE FOUND THAT THE LANDING GEAR MOTOR WAS NO LONGER RUNNING. THE LANDING GEAR RELAY WAS FOUND INTERNALLY DAMAGED WITH THE CONTACTS STUCK IN THE CLOSED POSITION THUS PROVIDING CONTINUOUS POWER TO THE LANDING GEAR MOTOR. THIS CAUSED THE MOTOR TO FAIL. P/N OF RELAY MS24171D1

CA040122004

BEECH

PWA  

 

BRACKET

CRACKED

1/8/2004

1900D

PT6A67D

 

1295140791

PAX DOOR

(CAN) DURING GROUND HANDLING, CREW ATTEMPTED TO OPEN DOOR FROM INSIDE AND THE MAIN HANDLE UPON APPLYING PRESSURE, RELEASED WITHOUT ACTUATING DOOR CAMS. MAINTENANCE FOUND THAT THE MAIN DOOR ACTUATION BRACKET HAD BROKEN INTO TWO PIECES. THE BRACKET WAS REPLACED AND THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED OPERATIONS.

CA040315011

BEECH

PWA  

 

VALVE

ERODED

3/8/2004

1900D

PT6A67D

 

3012347

TORQUEMETER

(CAN) FLIGHT CREW REPORTED OCCASIONAL PROBLEMS WITH TORQUE INDICATION DURING POWER REDUCTIONS. TORQUE INDICATION WOULD HANG UP AT VARIOUS HIGH SETTINGS DESPITE POWER REDUCTIONS TO IDLE. FROM A PREVIOUS CASE OF THIS ON ANOTHER AIRCRAFT, THE POWER REDUCTION CASE WAS SPLIT WITH AN EXPECTATION THAT THE TORQUEMETER VALVE WAS PREMATURELY WORN, AND IT WAS. A PREVIOUS SUBMISSION UNDER AGL-0120 REFLECTS EXACTLY THE SAME PROBLEM, PRESENTATION AND FIX.

CA040119002

BEECH

PWA  

 

BLOWER

BURNED

1/16/2004

1900D

PT6A67D

 

11438002811

AFT VENT

(CAN) DURING CLIMB, CREW NOTED AN ELECTRICAL ODOR AND TRACE OF SMOKE IN CABIN. AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO AIRPORT WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. MAINT FOUND THE AFT VENT BLOWER HAD OVERHEATED DUE TO ONE OF THE BEARING RESISTING ROTATION. THE NORMAL TEMPERATURE FUSE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BLOW, DISCONTINUING POWER TO THE UNIT DID NOT APPEAR TO OPEN PRIOR TO BOTH SPEED RESISTORS BECOMING BADLY HEATED AND DISTORTED. THE RESISTORS AND TEMP FUSE ARE CONTAINED INSIDE A METAL CONTAINER MOUNTED ON THE SIDE OF THE BLOWER.

AUS20040006

BEECH

PWA  

 

WASHER

WRONG PART

1/7/2004

200BEECH

PT6A41

 

BB148

LT & RT WING

(AUS) LT AND RT WING LOWER ATTACHMENT BOLT WASHERS INCORRECTLY FITTED. DAMAGE TO BATHTUB FITTING. PERSONNEL/MAINTENANCE ERROR.

CA040311011

BEECH

PWA  

 

CHANNEL

CRACKED

2/27/2004

200BEECH

PT6A41

 

50430043619

DOOR 

(CAN) DURING INSPECTION A CRACK WAS DISCOVERED ALONG THE TRAILING EDGE OF THE CABIN DOOR CHANNEL P/N 50430043619. THE CRACK PROPAGATED APPROXIMATELY 6 IN, JUST ABOVE THE DOOR HINGE. THE DOOR WAS REMOVED AND SENT TO AN APPROVED OVERHAUL SHOP, REPAIRED AND REINSTALLED. AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO SERVICE.

AUS20040007

BEECH

LYC  

BENDIX

ROTOR

FAULTY

1/8/2004

76  

LO360A1G6

 

103827991

MAGNETO

(AUS) RT ENGINE MAGNETO ROTATING MAGNETIC SLIPPED ON SHAFT BY APPROXIMATELY 25 DEGREES.

CA040209001

BEECH

PWA  

 

BLOWER

SEIZED

2/5/2004

A100

PT6A28

 

903840311

AIR CONDITIONING

(CAN) JUST AFTER LEVELING OUT PILOT NOTICED SMOKE IN THE COCKPIT/CABIN AREA. AIRCRAFT WENT TO 10000 FT, DEPRESSURIZED AND ELECTRICAL POWER WAS REMOVED. POWER WAS RESTORED AND AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO BASE WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. UPON INVESTIGATION IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE VENTILATION BLOWER BEARING SEIZED AND CAUSED THE SMOKE. VENT BLOWER WAS REPLACED AND SYSTEM TESTED SERVICEABLE.

CA040204012

BEECH

GARRTT

 

DOWNLOCK SWITCH

FROZEN

1/14/2004

B100

TPE3316252B

 

1CH25

NLG 

(CAN) ON APPROACH THE PILOT SELECTED GEAR DOWN. THERE WAS NO NOSE GEAR INDICATION. AFTER CONFIRMING WITH THE TOWER THAT THE GEAR WAS DOWN, THE AIRCRAFT LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE DOWNLOCK SWITCH WAS FOUND DEFECTIVE AND SUBSEQUENTLY REPLACED. O AT WAS -25 TO -30 DEGREES CELSIUS.

CA040317004

BEECH

GARRTT

 

SPLINE

CRACKED

3/11/2004

B100

TPE3316252B

 

115610010125

ELEVATOR

(CAN) ON INSPECTION FOUND THREE VISUAL CRACKS IN OB SECTION OF THE ELEVATOR TRAILING EDGE SPLINE, AS DESCRIBED IN OTHER SDR'S /SERVICE DIFFICULTY ADVISORY.

CA040203006

BEECH

PWA  

 

WINDSHIELD

BROKEN

1/8/2004

B200C

PT6A42

 

10138402518

COCKPIT

(CAN) IN CRUISE RT WINDSHIELD HEAT ON, WINDOW SHATTERED, DESCENDED TO 12,000 FEET, REDUCED AIR SPEED AND CABIN PRESSURE AND RETURNED TO BASE.

CA040115006

BEECH

PWA  

 

SOLENOID

STICKING

12/9/2003

C90A

PT6A21

 

7173 

RUDDER BOOST

(CAN) DURING LOWERING OF THE LANDING GEAR, UNSCHEDULED YAW WAS NOTICED BY THE CREW AND UPON LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT WAS DIFFICULT TO TAXI. THE RUDDER SYSTEM RECEIVES THE INPUT FROM THE RUDDER BOOST SOLENOID. AS THEY ARE LOCATED IN AN UNHEATED AREA OF THE AIRCRAFT, THE MOISTURE IN THE COLD AND HUMID INSTRUMENT AIR SUPPLY TENDS TO FREEZE THE SOLENOID AND STICK. WHEN THE SOLENOID STICKS OPEN, THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOM IS HEAVY RUDDER INPUT, WHILE TAXIING. THUS THE PILOT HAD DIFFICULTY ON THE GROUND. THE SOLENOID WAS REPLACED, GROUND RUN CARRIED OUT AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS RELEASED TO SERVICE.

CA040319002

BEECH

PWA  

 

ANTI-ICE SYSTEM

CRACKED

3/9/2004

C90A

PT6A21

 

1099100491

RT ENGINE

(CAN) AIR INTAKE ANTI-ICE LIP WAS FOUND CRACKED AT THE WELDED ATTACH JOINTS AT BASE OF EXHAUST INLET/OUTLET TUBES.

CA040315008

BEECH

PWA  

 

SHUTOFF VALVE

FAILED

3/2/2004

C90A

PT6A21

 

1013890253

FUEL SYSTEM

(CAN) DURING PRESTART CHECKS FLIGHT CREW COULD NOT EXTINGUISH (LOW FUEL PRESSURE) WARNING LIGHT. FLIGHT CANCELLED. INSPECTION FOUND RT FUEL SHUT OFF VALVE HAD FAILED IN THE CLOSED POSITION. VALVE HAD BEEN RECENTLY OVERHAULED.

AUS20031336

BEECH

PWA  

 

HOUSING

CRACKED

12/20/2003

D18S

R985AN14B

 

9540666

BRAKE

(AUS) RT MAIN LANDING GEAR BRAKE HOUSING CRACKED ON MOUNT FLANGE.

2004FA0000267

BEECH

CONT

 

RELAY

INTERMITTENT

2/12/2004

F33A

IO520BB

 

SM50D7

MLG 

PILOT REPORTED THAT LANDING GEAR WOULD NOT EXTEND. AFTER GEAR HANDLE CYCLED SIX TIMES GEAR CAME DOWN. UPON TROUBLESHOOTING OF THE LANDING GEAR SYSTEM FOUND LANDING GEAR DYNAMIC RELAY INTERMITTENT. NO RECOMMENDATIONS AT THIS TIME.

CA040209012

BELL  

LYC  

 

SHAFT

WORN

1/27/2004

204B

T5313B

 

85634

FUEL CONTROL

(CAN) FUEL CONTROL RECEIVED FROM CUSTOMER FOR INSPECTION FOLLOWING PREVIOUS RECORDS ABOUT PUMP FAILURE (WSDR 20040128006). FUEL CONTROL HAS TSO- 3195.3 AND WAS OPERATING ON EXTENSION TIME DUE TO A GOOD PERFORMANCES. IT WAS REMOVED FROM A/C FOR INSPECTION IAW SB. T5317A-1-107 (CECO SB.73-39). INSPECTION FOUND WORN EXCESSIVELY, WORN MAIN DRIVE INTERNAL SPLINES, SECONDARY LARGE SPLINE AND PRIMARY PUMP GEAR EXTERNAL SPLINE. THIS IS THIRD CASE OF PUMP-MAIN DRIVE SHAFT FAILURE INVESTIGATED. WE HAVE REPORTED THIS CASE TO MANUFACTURER AND WE ARE WAITING FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE.

CA040203011

BELL  

LYC  

 

SHAFT

WORN

1/27/2004

204B

T5313B

 

91620

FUEL CONTROL

(CAN) UPON SUSPECTING A PROBLEM WITH FUEL CONTROL UNIT. REMOVED FCU FROM THE ENGINE TO INSPECT THE SPLINES IAW MFG SBT5313-107. FOUND THE INTERNAL SPLINES KNIFE EDGED AND VERY CLOSE TO TOTAL FAILURE OF THE FCU. THIS WOULD HAVE LEAD TO THE FAILURE AND SHUTDOWN OF THE ENGINE. THESE PARTS HAD 434 HOURS SINCE THEY WERE REPLACED WITH SERVICEABLE UNITS. SHAFTS P/N 9162076081.

CA040206002

BELL  

ALLSN

 

SIGHT GLASS

CRACKED

1/28/2004

206L

250C20R

 

206288017

RANGE EXTENDER

(CAN) SIGHT GLASS ON FORWARD SIDE OF RANGE EXTENDER WAS FOUND TO BE THE CAUSE OF A SLOW FUEL LEAK. WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS FULL OF FUEL AND KEPT IN THE HANGAR OVER NIGHT A SMALL POOL OF FUEL WAS NOTICED ON THE FLOOR. A CRACK RUNNING ACROSS FROM TWO SCREWS WAS FOUND. A NEW SIGHT GLASS HAS BEEN ORDERED AND WILL BE INSTALLED WHEN RECEIVED. UPON FURTHER INSPECTION OF AIRCRAFT, ANOTHER WITH THE SAME RANGE EXTENDER WAS FOUND TO HAVE THE SAME CRACK IN THE SAME LOCATION.

CA040318001

BELL  

PWA  

 

RING

BURNED

3/9/2004

212  

PT6T3

 

3032151

ENGINE VANE

(CAN) DURING ROUTINE HOT END BORESCOPE INSPECTION, HOT END DISTRESS WAS NOTED. POWER SECTION REMOVED FROM AIRCRAFT, HOT END REMOVED. COMBUSTION CHAMBER CRACKED (MANY) ON NR 2 LOUVERED COOLING RING. SMALL DUCT BURNED/WARPED IN TWO AREAS (VANES). VANE RING ASSEMBLY, SEVERE BURNING ON 1 VANE AT TRAILING EDGE APPROXIMATELY .5 SQUARE INCH MISSING. ADJACENT VANE TRAILING EDGE CRACKED. VANE RIM BURNED AND CRACKED (3032151). HOUSING ASSEMBLY, CT SHROUD, ONE SEGMENT 3018503 WARPED INWARD CAUSING CT BLADE CONTACT. BLADE LEADING EDGE AT TIP ROUNDED. DISK/BLADE ASSEMBLY, CONTACT WITH WARPED BLADE SHROUD SEGMENT.

CA040113006

BELL  

PWA  

BELL  

BOLT

SHEARED

1/7/2004

212  

PT6T3

 

AN17415

DAMPER ARM

(CAN) HELISKI OPERATION. PILOT REPORTED BAD VIBRATION IN TURNS AND CONTROLLABILITY CONCERNS, ALSO IN TURNS. RETURNED TO BASE IMMEDIATELY. SHEARED BOLT FOUND WHERE MAIN ROTOR HYDRAULIC DAMPER CONTROL ARM ATTACHES TO STABILIZER BAR CONTROL TUBE ROD END. BOLT WAS CORRODED WITH EVIDENCE OF BEING LOOSE. ALSO BLACK ON NUT AND WASHER. NO OTHER DAMAGE FOUND. ATTACHMENT HARDWARE REPLACED WITH NEW AND AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO SERVICE.

CA040312003

CESSNA

CONT

 

CYLINDER HEAD

MISALIGNED

3/12/2004

120  

C8512F

 

C8512F

ENGINE

(CAN) ENGINE WAS SENT TO ENGINE SHOP FOR PROP STRIKE INSPECTION. UPON REINSTALLATION OF NR 1 CYLINDER, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE BARREL AND HEAD WERE MISALIGNED BY APPROX. 5 DEGREES (UNIT WAS REPLACED). ENGINE SHOP ADVISES THIS IS A DEFECT OCCURRING DURING ORIGINAL ASSEMBLY AT THE FACTORY AND FURTHER ADVISE THAT THIS IS THE SECOND ONE THEY HAVE FOUND.

2004FA0000259

CESSNA

CONT

 

CYLINDER

BROKEN

2/7/2004

150F

O200A

 

SA10200A1

NR 4 

AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED DURING A FORCED LANDING AFTER TOTAL LOSS OF ENGINE POWER. INVESTIGATION SHOWED THE CYLINDER HAD COMPLETELY SEPARATED IN THE MIDDLE WHILE IN FLIGHT, CAUSING THE TOTAL LOSS OF POWER.

CA040310008

CESSNA

CONT

MCAULY

BOLT

SHEARED

2/18/2004

150M

O200A

 

A251352

PROPELLER

(CAN) UPON APPLICATION OF 27 FT/LBS TO 2 OF THE MOUNTING BOLTS AT THE THREADS FAILED. BOLTS FORWARDED TO COMPANY FOR EVALUATION.

AUS20040015

CESSNA

CONT

MCAULY

SUPPORT

CRACKED

1/14/2004

172H

O300C

 

05502636

SPINNER

(AUS) PROPELLER SPINNER FORWARD SUPPORT CRACKED AROUND PROPELLER BOLT ATTACHMENT HOLES. SUPPORT HAD BEEN FITTED 30 HOURS AGO DUE TO THE SAME PROBLEM WITH THE PREVIOUS SUPPORT.

2004FA0000264

CESSNA

LYC  

 

TIRE

OUT OF BALANCE

2/13/2004

172M

O320*

 

 

NLG 

PILOT REPORTED NOSE WHEEL SHIMMY AFTER TOUCH DOWN AND HIGH SPEED TAXI. INSPECTED NOSE GEAR AND NOTED SHIMMY DAMPENER AND STEERING COLLAR BEARING A LITTLE MORE THAN NORMAL AXIAL MOVEMENT, TIRE STILL HAD 65 PERCENT TREAD AND SAW NO OBVIOUS TIRE DEFECTS. REMOVED NOSE STRUT TO INSPECT AND RESHIM STEERING COLLAR AND SERVICE/SHIM SHIMMY DAMPENER. WHEN THE NOSE STRUT LOWER FRONT HALF CLAMP WAS REMOVED, THE NOSE STRUT TUBE SPRUNG FORWARD .120 OUT OF ALIGNMENT WITH THE TOP STRUT MOUNT. FOUND NO DAMAGE TO AIRFRAME OR NO NOSE GEAR HISTORY. POSSIBLE LEAVING FACTORY LIKE THIS. INSPECTED AND RESHIMED NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY AND LOWER STRUT CLAMP UP TO RELIEVE STRESS. MOUNTED NEW TIRE, DIFFERENT BRAND. NO SHIMMY DETECTED.

CA040310006

CESSNA

LYC  

 

MOUNT

CRACKED

9/18/2003

172M

O320E2D

 

05510171

ENGINE

(CAN) A WELD WAS DISCOVERED CRACKED IN THE LOWER PART OF THE ENGINE SUPPORT.

2004FA0000263

CESSNA

LYC  

 

IMPULSE COUPLING

CRACKED

2/13/2004

172M

O320E2D

 

 

MAGNETO

ONE OF THE MAGNETO IMPULSE COUPLING PAWLS OR PAWL ATTACH RIVETS FAILED DURING TOUCH AND GO OPERATION. THE PAWL BROKE THE MAGNETO MOUNTING CASTING AND DEPARTED THE AIRCRAFT. MAGNETO WAS HANGING FROM THE ACCESSORY HOUSING WITH THE HELP OF THE IGNITION HARNESS. PILOT REPORTED ONLY A SLIGHT BACKFIRE DURING CLIMB OUT WITH A LITTLE LOSS OF POWER. MAGNETO HAD RECEIVED A 500 HOUR INSPECTION 260 HOURS PRIOR TO FAILURE. IF FAILURE HAD OCCURRED DURING A LONG CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT, TOTAL LOSS OF OIL MAY HAVE OCCURRED. (PILOT WOULD HAVE PROBABLY ADVANCED THROTTLE SLIGHTLY TO MAKE UP FOR ONE MAGNETO FAILING AND DROPPING RPM SLIGHTLY).

CA040315004

CESSNA

LYC  

 

LIGHTER

SHORTED

3/11/2004

172N

O320E2D

 

05130391

COCKPIT

(CAN) SMOKE/ FUMES DETECTED IN COCKPIT DURING CRUISE FLT. CREW SURVEYED ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CONTROLS AND FOUND CIGAR LIGHTER TO BE HOT. REMOVED LIGHTER FROM DASH AND RETURNED TO BASE WITH NO FURTHER COMPLICATIONS. INSPECTION REVEALED COILS OF LIGHTER SHORTED CAUSING FUMES. MAINTENANCE DISCONNECTED POWER WIRE TO LIGHTER ASSEMBLY IAW AD 78-08-03. NOTE: THIS AD DOES NOT APPLY TO THIS A/C SN BUT CERTAINLY WAS AFFECTED IN THIS INSTANCE, SHIPS AFFECTED BY THIS SN SHOULD BE REVISITED BY THE AD ISSUER.

2004FA0000258

CESSNA

 

 

BULKHEAD

CRACKED

1/5/2004

172S

 

 

 

PROP SPINNER

DURING A PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION THE PILOT NOTED A .7500 INCH CRACK IN THE SPINNER BULKHEAD. THIS CRACK WAS IN THE CORNER NEXT TO THE SPINNER MOUNT NUTPLATE. SEVERAL PREVIOUS M OR D ON THIS SAME PART.

2004FA0000254

CESSNA

 

 

DUCT

MISROUTED

11/24/2003

172S

 

 

 

HEATER

DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION, WE FOUND THAT THE PLASTIC GLOVEBOX WAS MELTED AT THE FORWARD RIGHT SIDE. WE FOUND THAT THE HEATER DUCTING WAS ROUTED UP AGAINST THE GLOVE BOX CAUSING THE BOX TO MELT. REROUTED HEAT DUCTING TO PREVENT FUTURE OCCURRENCE.

2004FA0000261

CESSNA

LYC  

 

MASTER CYLINDER

INOPERATIVE

2/1/2004

172S

IO360A1A

 

988200104

LT BRAKE

PILOT REPORTED NO RESPONSE FROM LT BRAKE PEDAL, FOUND THAT BOTTOM LT BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER ATTACHMENT CLEVIS PIN MISSING. LOCATED CLEVIS PIN ON UPPERSIDE OF BELLY SKIN AND COTTER PIN. FOUND THAT COTTER PIN WAS BARELY BENT AND APPARENTLY FELL OUT O F CLEVIS PIN HOLE THUS ALLOWING CLEVIS PIN TO FALL OUT OF BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER ATTACHMENT.

2004FA0000253

CESSNA

LYC  

 

DUCT

MISROUTED

11/24/2003

172S

IO360A1A

 

 

HEATER

DURING A ROUTINE INSPECTION, WE FOUND THAT THE PLASTIC GLOVEBOX WAS MELTED AT THE FORWARD RIGHT SIDE. WE FOUND THE HEATER DUCTING WAS ROUTED UP AGAINST THE GLOVEBOX CAUSING THE BOX TO MELT. REROUTED HEAT DUCTING TO PREVENT FUTURE OCCURRENCE.

CA040205005

CESSNA

LYC  

LAMAR

DRIVE ASSY

JAMMED

2/2/2004

172S

IO360L2A

 

PM2401H

STARTER

(CAN) STARTER DRIVE ONCE ENGAGED DID NOT RETRACT JAMMED OUTWARD.

CA040204005

CESSNA

CONT

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

1/21/2004

180C

O470K

 

051010516

AILERON

(CAN) AILERON DIRECT CABLE LT AND RT FRAYED EACH IN 3 DIFFERENT PLACES AT PULLEYS, PULLEYS WERE NOT SEIZED, ROTATES FREELY, ALSO FRAYED AILERON CARRY THROUGH CABLE P/N 0510105-113 AT PULLEY AREA.

CA040116006

CESSNA

CONT

 

PIN  

WORN

1/16/2004

180J

O470S

 

 

BRAKE LINKAGE

(CAN) DURING GROUND HANDLING THE RT RUDDER PEDAL BRAKE ASSY SEEMED SLOPPY COMPARED TO THE LT UNIT. INVESTIGATION REVEALED THAT THE PIN THAT CONNECTS THE BRAKE PEDAL TO THE MASTER CYLINDER WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY WORN THROUGH, THIS IS A HOLLOW SHAFT PIN ASSY. WORN PARTS WERE REPLACED AND THE AIRCRAFT WAS RETURNED TO SERVICE.

AUS20031330

CESSNA

CONT

 

SKIN

LOOSE

12/29/2003

207  

IO520F

 

 

ELEVATOR

(AUS) LT ELEVATOR RIVETS FAILED ALLOWING LOWER ELEVATOR SKIN TO BECOME LOOSE AT THE IB TRAILING EDGE. INVESTIGATION FOUND SIMILAR PROBLEMS WITH THE RIVETS ALONG THE LEADING EDGE. THE RIVETS WERE .0937 INCH POP RIVETS. INSPECTION OF THE RT ELEVATOR FOUND THE SAME PROBLEMS. SUSPECT SKIN HAD BEEN REPLACED SOME YEARS AGO.

CA040210003

CESSNA

PWA  

 

RING

CRACKED

2/8/2004

208B

PT6A114A

 

265102215

ENGINE MOUNT

(CAN) DURING ROUTINE MAINTENANCE THE ENGINE MOUNT RING (HORSE COLLAR) WAS FOUND CRACKED AT TWO OF THE FOUR CORNERS, INSIDE JOINT. DUE TO THIS BEING A KNOWN PROBLEM, AN ADDITIONAL TASK CARD TO CHECK FOR THIS CONDITION, INITIATED IN 1999, WAS ADDED TO OUR MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE EVERY 100 HOURS. AS A RESULT, WE HAVE DISCOVERED THE CONDITION ON 8 SEPARATE COLLARS. THE COLLAR WAS REPLACED AND THE AIRCRAFT RELEASED.

AUS20040009

CESSNA

PWA  

 

SUPPORT

FAULTY

1/5/2004

208B

PT6A114A

 

26011895

ENGINE MOUNT

(AUS) ENGINE SUPPORT HOUSING FOR AIR CONDITIONER DRIVE LEAKING OIL. INVESTIGATION FOUND THE SUPPORT HOUSING ALIGNMENT SPIGOT TO BE TOO LONG TO FIT INTO THE RECESS IN THE ENGINE MOUNT PAD. THE SPIGOT BOTTOMS OUT ON THE SEAL CARRIER CAUSING A 0.33MM (0.013IN) GAP ON THE GASKET FLANGE. THE SPIGOT BOTTOMING ON THE PAD CAUSES EXCESSIVE WEAR ON THE DRIVE SHAFT SPLINES PN 2601267-2 AND THE INTERNAL SPLINES ON THE DRIVE GEAR PNO 3100450-01.

CA040107007

CESSNA

PWA  

 

RETAINER

COLLAPSED

12/30/2003

208B

PT6A114A

 

3020159

TURBINE SECTION

(CAN) THE HOT SECTION WAS REPAIRED TO CORRECT DEGRADED PERFORMANCE. THE RETAINING RING HAD POPPED OUT OF THE RING GROOVE AND A CT SHROUD SEGMENT HAD SHIFTED. THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED ON OTHER ENGINES. MFG HAS ISSUED P/N 3110741-02 RETAINING RING ON SB 13121 (60A, 61, 62, 65 SERIES) AND SB 3248 (41/42, 45 SERIES) TO PREVENT THE COLLAPSE OF THE RETAINING RING. THE LATTER SB HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED ON SMALLER ENGINE MODELS SUCH AS THE 114A ENGINE MODEL TO ALLOW THE MORE ROBUST RETAINING RING TO BE USED.

CA040311001

CESSNA

CONT

 

SWITCH

BROKEN

3/10/2004

310L

IO470VO

 

JE6 

MLG 

(CAN) UPON APPROACH THE LANDING GEAR WAS SELECTED DOWN WITH NO GREEN LIGHT DOWN AND LOCKED INDICATION ON THE RT GEAR. THE GEAR WAS CYCLED, THE MANUAL EXTENSION WAS PERFORMED ALL WITH THE SAME RESULT. THE AIRCRAFT LANDED UNEVENTFULLY AND UPON INVESTIGATION THE MICRO SWITCH ACTUATOR TAB WAS FOUND BROKEN AT THE ATTACHING BRACKET. THE ACTUATOR WAS REPLACED AND THE GEAR WAS SWUNG NUMEROUS TIMES SERVICEABLE.

AUS20031309

CESSNA

CONT

 

BULKHEAD

CRACKED

12/18/2003

310R

IO520M

 

0823400110

RT WING

(AUS) RT WING TIP TANK REAR ATTACHMENT BULKHEAD CRACKED.

AUS20031301

CESSNA

CONT

CESSNA

ROD  

FRACTURED

12/29/2003

310R

IO520M

310R

084012515

MLG 

(AUS) RT MAIN LANDING GEAR AFT PUSH/PULL ROD ASSEMBLY FRACTURED.

CA040225011

CESSNA

CONT

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

2/24/2004

337A

IO360C

 

14601008

TE FLAPS

(CAN) FLAP CABLES REMOVED FOR INSPECTION DUE TO SERVICE DIFFICULTY ALERT AL-2003-05. LEFT HAND AND RT OUTBOARD FLAP CABLES FOUND TO BE FRAYED AT THE INBOARD BELLCRANK, APPROXIMATELY 1 INCH FROM THE SWAGED TERMINAL. BOTH CABLES ARE ORIGINAL CESSNA FLAP CABLES AND WERE REPLACED WITH NEW CESSNA FLAP CABLES. ALSO, THE RT HAND, INBOARD FLAP CABLE WAS FRAYED AT THE INBOARD BELLCRANK, APPROXIMATELY 1 INCH FROM THE SWAGED TERMINAL.

CA040225014

CESSNA

CONT

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

2/24/2004

337A

IO360C

 

14601007

TE FLAPS

(CAN) FLAP CABLES REMOVED FOR INSPECTION, REFERENCE SD ALERT AL-2003-05 IB FLAP CABLE, RT SIDE, PART NR 1460100-7 FRAYED APPROX 50 PERCENT AT IB BELLCRANK. 1 INCH FROM SWAGED TERMINAL. ALSO BOTH OB CABLES PN 1460100-8 FRAYED AT IB BELLCRANK, APPROX. 1 INCH FROM SWAGED TERMINAL. ALL CABLES ARE ORIGINAL FLAP CABLES AND HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH NEW FLAP CABLES SUPPLIED BY MFG.

AUS20031296

CESSNA

CONT

 

HOSE

DETERIORATED

11/28/2003

337G

IO360G

 

3034 

FUEL SYSTEM

(AUS) REAR ENGINE FUEL PRESSURE HOSE LOCATED BETWEEN FIREWALL AND FUEL MANIFOLD DETERIORATED AND LEAKING ONTO LT EXHAUST STACK.

AUS20031318

CESSNA

CONT

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

11/28/2003

337H

IO360G

 

14601007

TE FLAPS

(AUS) IB FLAP CABLE CONTAINED BROKEN WIRES LOCATED AT TIGHT BEND AROUND THE BELLCRANK. APPROXIMATELY 50 PERCENT OF THE WIRES WERE BROKEN. INSPECTION CARRIED OUT IN RESPONSE TO MFG ALERT.

2004FA0000266

CESSNA

CONT

 

SAFETY SWITCH

DAMAGED

2/18/2004

337H

IO360GB

 

12700344

NLG 

AFTER TAKE OFF PILOT WAS UNABLE TO RETRACT THE LANDING GEAR, THE GEAR DID SHOW DOWN AND LOCKED. THE PLANE LANDED WITHOUT INCIDENT. FOUND NOSE GEAR SAFETY SWITCH BAD INTERNALLY NOT ALLOWING NOSE GEAR TO RETRACT, (SENSING STILL ON GROUND). IT IS SUSPECTED THAT THIS WAS NORMAL WEAR OF SWITCH. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF EXTERNAL DAMAGE.

CA040203009

CESSNA

CONT

CESSNA

FORK

CRACKED

1/16/2004

340A

TSIO520N

 

5042013497A

NLG 

(CAN) CRACK FOUND IN FORK CASTING ON LT SIDE OF TUBE BORE. DISASSEMBLY REVEALED FORK CRACKED COMPLETELY THROUGH LT SIDE OF BORE.

AUS20031313

CESSNA

GARRTT

 

SEAL

LEAKING

12/16/2003

441  

TPE3318

 

31070515

COMPRESSOR

(AUS) RT ENGINE COMPRESSOR SEAL SUSPECT FAULTY. LEAKING OIL CAUSED SMOKE IN COCKPIT.

CA040108007

CESSNA

PWA  

 

VALVE

INOPERATIVE

1/7/2004

560XL

PW545A

 

 

FUEL CROSSFEED

(CAN) DURING REFUELING, FBO LINE CREW FAILED TO CARRY OUT SINGLE POINT REFUELING PRE-CHECK. DURING FUELLING, ONLY LT TANK WAS FILLED (RT REFUELING VALVE APPARENTLY FAILED IN THE CLOSED POSITION). BY THE TIME THE FLIGHT CREW NOTICED THE DIFFICULTY A SIGNIFICANT FUEL IMBALANCE HAD BEEN CREATED, REQUIRING CROSSFEED FROM LT TO RT TANK.

CA040205007

CESSNA

PWA  

 

FUEL CONTROL

INOPERATIVE

1/22/2004

560XL

PW545A

 

 

LT ENGINE

(CAN) WHILE TAXIING, LT ENG POWER LEVER WAS ADVANCED TO FACILITATE TURN. THRUST LEVER WAS ADVANCED, LT ENG SUFFERED A ROLL BACK AND FLAME-OUT. AC WAS TAXIED CLEAR OF RUNWAY, FAULT ANALYSIS RELIGHT ATTEMPTED WITH NO SUCCESS. RELIGHT WAS SUCCESSFUL. AC WAS THEN SHUT DOWN AND SURRENDERED TO MAINT FOR ACTION. EVENT FOLLOWED ACTION AND INSTALLATION OF SB 30253. FUEL LINE, ATTENUATOR ASSY AND FCU WERE REMOVED AND SENT TO MFG FOR ANALYSIS. DURING REMOVAL, A BLACK SUBSTANCE WAS DETECTED. SUBSTANCE WAS SENT OFF FOR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS BY MFG. NR C 10420020 REGARDING SUBSTANCE. FUEL LINE, ATTENUATOR ASSY AND FCU WERE REPLACED, IAW SB 30253. AC WAS GROUND RUN AND TEST FLOWN SATISFACTORILY, RETURNED TO SERVICE.

CA040205008

CESSNA

PWA  

 

ENGINE

FLAMED OUT

1/22/2004

560XL

PW545A

 

 

LEFT 

(CAN) WHILE TAXIING AND TURNING ONTO THE RUNWAY, THE LT ENGINE POWER LEVER WAS ADVANCED TO FACILITATE THE TURN. AS THE THRUST LEVER WAS ADVANCED, THE LT ENGINE SUFFERED A ROLL BACK AND FLAME-OUT. THE AIRCRAFT WAS TAXIED CLEAR OF THE RUNWAY AND A FAULT ANALYSIS RELIGHT ATTEMPTED WITH NO SUCCESS. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN TAXIED TO THE RAMP WHERE A FURTHER RELIGHT WAS ATTEMPTED. THE RELIGHT WAS SUCCESSFUL. THE AIRCRAFT WAS THEN SHUT DOWN AND SURRENDERED TO MAINTENANCE FOR ACTION. THE EVENT FOLLOWED ACTION AND INSTALLATION OF SERVICE BULLETIN 30253.

21200003A

CESSNA

 

 

AUTOPILOT SYS

MALFUNCTIONED

2/21/2004

T210L

 

 

55X 

COCKPIT

AIRCRAFT PORPOISES WHILE IN ALTITUDE HOLD MODE. DISABLE ALTITUDE HOLD MODE. MAINTENANCE CONFIRMS DEFECTIVE UNIT BY MANUFACTURER. MANUFACTURER UNABLE TO SUPPLY REPLACEMENT PART.

CA040122002

CESSNA

CONT

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

1/21/2004

T337G

TSIO360CB

 

14601008

TE FLAPS

(CAN) DURING INSPECTION IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THESE CABLES (2 EA. 1 LT AND 1 RT) WERE FRAYED WHERE THE CABLE BENDS AROUND THE FLAP CABLE QUADRANT LOCATED IN THE WING TRAILING EDGE.

CA040122003

CESSNA

CONT

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

1/21/2004

T337G

TSIO360CB

 

14601007

TE FLAPS

(CAN) DURING INSPECTION IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THESE CABLES (2 EA. 1 LEFT AND 1 RIGHT) WERE FRAYED WHERE THE CABLE BENDS AROUND THE FLAP CABLE QUADRANT LOCATED IN THE WING TRAILING EDGE.

AUS20040002

CESSNA

CONT

MCAULY

CLIP

SEPARATED

1/4/2004

U206F

IO520F

 

 

PROPELLER BLADE

(AUS) PROPELLER BLADE ROOT CIRCLIP AND ASSOCIATED SHIMS SEPARATED.

CA040315014

CIRRUS

CONT

 

BUSHING

BROKEN

3/12/2004

SR20

IO360ES

 

538684

ENGINE

(CAN) DURING OIL CHANGE, NOTED A .5000 LONG X .1250 INCH WIDE ROUND PIECE OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE BUSHING MATERIAL STUCK ON THE OIL DRAIN PLUG S MAGNET. FOUND THE NR 5 CYLINDER CONNECTING ROD S PISTON PIN BUSHING HAD A MISSING PIECE WHICH MATCHES THE PIECE FOUND ON THE OIL SUMP DRAIN PLUG.

CA040107008

CIRRUS

CONT

 

OIL COOLER

CRACKED

1/7/2004

SR22

IO550N

 

654585

ENGINE

(CAN) OIL COOLER FOUND CRACKED ON OB FORWARD LOWER CORNER FLANGE WHERE THE BAFFLE IS ATTACHED. CRACK IS ABOUT 1 INCH LONG. THIS IS THE THIRD COOLER FOUND CRACKED ON THE TYPE OF INSTALLATION. (CIRRUS SR22)

CA040119004

CNDAIR

GE  

 

ENGINE

FAILED

1/12/2004

CL6002B19

CF343A1

 

 

NR 2 

(CAN) AIRCRAFT HAS RECEIVED A REPORT WHICH WE FEEL IS A REPORTABLE EVENT. WHILE IN CRUISE, THE FLIGHT CREW FELT VIBRATION AND NR 2 ENGINE VIBRATION WAS FLUCTUATING BUT WAS WITHIN LIMITS. AFTER A FEW SECONDS, OIL PRESSURE DROPPED TO ZERO. THE CREW FOLLOWED THE QRH, AN EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED, NR 2 ENGINE WAS SHUT DOWN, AIRCRAFT DIVERTED AND LANDED WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT. ENGINE REMOVED AND REPLACED. AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO SERVICE.

CA040108005

DIAMON

ROTAX

 

SPRING

BROKEN

12/31/2003

DA20A1

ROTAX912

 

2056000902

CANOPY HOOKS

(CAN) THE LT CANOPY SPRING CLIPS BROKE OFF AT BOTH ENDS OF THE CANOPY SPRING SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE ENERGY RELEASED DURING THE FAILURE WAS SUFFICIENT TO ALLOW ONE OF THE CLIPS TO TRAVEL THE WIDTH OF THE COCKPIT AND STRIKE THE RT SEAT OCCUPANT IN THE REAR OF THE HEAD. THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS FAILURES OF CANOPY SPRINGS NOTED IN THE PAST. IN ALL PREVIOUS CASES ONLY ONE OF THE CLIPS FAILED. IN THE CASE OF A SINGLE-CLIP FAILURE BOTH THE SPRING AND THE BROKEN CLIP HAVE REMAINED ATTACHED TO THE AIRFRAME. THIS IS THE FIRST INSTANCE OF A SIMULTANEOUS FAILURE OF BOTH ENDS. IT IS ALSO THE FIRST INSTANCE IN WHICH AN AIRCRAFT OCCUPANT WAS STRUCK BY A PIECE OF THE FAILED SPRING.

CA040203013

DIAMON

ROTAX

 

MUFFLER

BROKEN

1/23/2004

DA20A1

ROTAX912S3

 

973670

ENGINE EXHAUST

(CAN) TAILPIPE NEARLY SNAPPED OFF FROM MUFFLER, INTERNAL BAFFLES LOOSE AND OBSTRUCTING EXHAUST OUTLET PART, CAUSING THE BACK PRESSURE TO RISE AND FAILURE OF TAILPIPE HAS OCCURRED. ENGINE POWER WAS ROBBED AND FORCED THE BUILD-UP OF BACK PRESSURE TO EXIT THE HOLE IT HAS CREATED. CORRECTION ACTION IS TO SEND MUFFLER TO AN AMO WHOM MAY REPAIR MUFFLER AND COMPLETE TAP TESTS TO MUFFLER TO VERIFY THE STATUS OF INTERNAL BAFFLES, AT EVERY INSPECTION.

2004FA0000255

DIAMON

CONT

 

STALL WARNING

FROZEN

1/5/2004

DA20C1

IO240A

 

 

 

WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE STALL WARNING SYSTEM ON THIS TYPE OF AIRCRAFT IS PRONE TO FREEZE UP. MOISTURE IS INTRODUCED TO THE SYSTEM THROUGH THE SENSORY HOLE IN THE LEFT WING. MOISTURE TRAVELS TO THE LOW POINT IN THE SYSTEM LOCATED IN THE AIRCRAFT BELLY AD FREEZES UP CAUSING THE STALL WARNING SYSTEM TO NOT FUNCTION.

CA040114002

DIAMON

CONT

DIAMON

SEAL

LOOSE

1/11/2004

DA20C1

IO240B

 

 

FLAP ACTUATOR

(CAN) PILOT REPORTED FLAP STUCK IN LANDING POSITION, UPON INSPECTION IT WAS FOUND THAT THE SPLINED RUBBER SEAL PUSHED OUT OF POSITION ON FLAP ACTUATOR ROD ASSY. SPLINED RUBBER SEAL INTERFERED WITH FLAP POSITION MICRO SWITCHES. RE-INSTALLED SPLINED RUBBER SEAL WITH EPOXY AND ALLOWED TO CURE. FLAP SYSTEM FUNCTION TESTED, FLAP POSITION LIGHTS AND FLAPS SERVICEABLE. IT APPEARED THAT THE SPLINES WERE USED TO KEEP THE SEAL IN PLACED BUT AS THERE IS LITTLE LUBRICATION REQUIRED ON THE FLAP ACTUATOR SHAFT, FRICTION OF THE SHAFT ON THE SEAL, PULLS THE SEAL OUT OF POSITION AND DRAGS IT ALONG WITH IT INTO THE SWITCHES.

CA040112006

DIAMON

CONT

DIAMON

SEAL

LOOSE

1/7/2004

DA20C1

IO240B

 

 

FLAP ACTUATOR

(CAN) PILOT REPORTED FLAP STUCK IN LANDING POSITION, OVERSPEED FLAPS 100 KTS FOR 5 MIN, FLAP INDICATOR U/S. UPON INSPECTION IT WAS FOUND THAT SPLINED RUBBER SEAL PUSHED OUT OF POSITION ON FLAP ACTUATOR ROD ASSY. SPLINED RUBBER SEAL INTERFERED WITH FLAP POSITION SWITCHES. RE-INSTALLED SPLINED RUBBER SEAL WITH EPOXY AND ALLOWED TO CURE. FLAP SYSTEM FUNCTION TESTED, FLAP POSITION LIGHTS AND FLAPS SERVICEABLE. FLAPS INSPECTED FOR OVER SPEED DAMAGE NONE FOUND. AC RELEASED. IT APPEARED THAT THE SPLINES WERE USED TO KEEP THE SEAL IN PLACED BUT AS THERE IS LITTLE LUBRICATION REQUIRED ON THE FLAP ACTUATOR SHAFT, FRICTION OF THE SHAFT ON THE SEAL, PULLS THE SEAL OUT OF POSITION AND DRAGS IT ALONG INTO THE SWITCHES.

AUS20031298

GULSTM

LYC  

 

CLEVIS

CRACKED

9/26/2003

500S

IO540E1B5

 

ED12758

MLG 

(AUS) MAIN LANDING GEAR CLEVIS CRACKED. FOUND USING MAGNETIC PARTICLE INSPECTION AND VISUAL TECHNIQUES.

CA040209005

HUGHES

ALLSN

 

NOZZLE

MISSING

2/8/2004

369D

250C20B

 

369D25100505

M/R GEARBOX

(CAN) UNIT INSTALLED IN A/C AFTER REPLACEMENT OF CRACKED CASE BY CUSTOMER US REPAIR FACILITY. AFTER INITIAL TEST RUNS IT WAS REPORTED TO HAVE VERY LOW OIL PRESSURE, AFTER NUMEROUS HOURS OF TROUBLESHOOTING (PRESSURE PUMP, SWITCH, GAUGE REPLACEMENT AND WIRING CHECKS), THE UNIT WAS REMOVED FROM A/C FOR FURTHER INSPECTION. THE T/R O/P PINION WAS REMOVED TO EXPOSE A LARGE PART OF THE PRESSURE PROBLEM AS THE I/P OIL NOZZLES WERE MISSING. WE HAVE DOCUMENTED THIS ON DIGITALLY WITH PICTURES. WE AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTION.

ESPA

LEAR

 

 

ODOR

DETECTED

2/25/2004

35A  

 

 

 

COCKPIT

SMOKE WAS SUSPECTED IN CABIN. ENTIRE AREA IN SUSPECTED AREA WAS INSPECTED. NO DEFECTS WERE FOUND. PILOT REPORTED LEADING EDGE ANTI-ICE WAS INADVERTENTLY LEFT ON POSSIBLE CAUSING THE SMELL OF SMOKE. AIRCRAFT WAS RUN, SYSTEMS WERE OPERATIONALLY CHECKED AND FOUND TO BE GOOD.

CA040119001

LEAR

GARRTT

 

SWITCH

FAULTY

1/15/2004

35A  

TFE73122B

 

404EN16

MLG 

(CAN) AFTER TAKE-OFF PILOT SELECTED THE GEAR HANDLE TO THE UP POSITION. THE GEAR WOULD NOT RETRACT. AIRCRAFT RETURN TO MAINTENANCE BASE. MAINTENANCE TECH FOUND RT TRUNNION SWITCH AT FAULT. SWITCH REPLACED AND LANDING GEAR SYSTEM SWUNG. AIRCRAFT RETURN TO SERVICE.

CA040121003

LEAR

GARRTT

 

ACTUATOR

CRACKED

1/19/2004

35LEAR

TFE73122B

 

66000863

TE FLAP

(CAN) DURING PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION FLUID LOSS WAS NOTED. FLAP ACTUATOR WAS FOUND TO HAVE A CRACKED BODY.

AUS20031331

LEAR

GARRTT

 

SHUTOFF VALVE

FAULTY

9/2/2003

45LEAR

TFE7312

 

P40791

HYD SYSTEM

(AUS) LT ENGINE FIREWALL MOUNTED HYDRAULIC FIREWALL SHUTOFF VALVE FAULTY. VALVE WOULD NOT FULLY CLOSE WHEN THE FIRE SWITCH WAS OPERATED WHICH ALLOWED HYDRAULIC FLUID TO LEAK PAST THE VALVE.

CA040116004

LEAR

PWA  

 

COMPRESSOR WHEEL

FRACTURED

1/13/2004

60LEAR

PW305A

 

 

ENGINE

(CAN) FOLLOWING UNEVENTFUL LANDING AND ROLL-OUT, CREW NOTED VIBRATION AND RISING ITT. ENGINE WAS SECURED. POST FLIGHT EXAMINATION SHOWED THAT ROTOR 1 OF THE HPC HAD .3333 OF ONE AIRFOIL MISSING.

CA040315001

LKHEED

ALLSN

 

GEARBOX

CONTAMINATED

3/9/2004

382G

501D22A

 

6850209

NR 2 REDUCTION

(CAN) AT TOP OF CLIMB ENROUTE, NR 2 RGB CHIP LIGHT OBSERVED. THE INDICATION WOULD NOT CLEAR, NR 2 ENGINE WAS SHUT DOWN. MAINTENANCE FOUND BOTH RGB CHIP PLUGS BRIDGED. NR 2 ENGINE WAS REPLACED FOR CONVENIENCE AND THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO SERVICE.

AUS20031333

PARTEN

LYC  

 

FITTING

CRACKED

12/15/2003

P68B

IO360A1B6

 

68120251

NACELLE

(AUS) ENGINE MOUNT FITTINGS PN 68-1.2025-1 AND PN 68-1.2025-2 CRACKED AROUND RIVET HOLES.

CA040113008

PIAGIO

PWA  

 

LAMP

INOPERATIVE

1/8/2004

P180

PT6A66

 

2527 

MAP LIGHT

(CAN) DURING CRUISE, COCKPIT ROOF MOUNTED MAP LIGHT FAILED, C/B ACTIVATED, CREW NOTICED A SLIGHT ODOR. DURING TROUBLESHOOTING THE ROOF PANEL WAS REMOVED AND IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE LAMP TERMINAL HAD BEEN IN CONTACT WITH AIRFRAME STRUCTURE CAUSING THE RUBBER PROTECTIVE BOOT ON THE TERMINALS TO WEAR THROUGH AND GROUND ELECTRICAL SUPPLY. IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT DURING COMPLETION AT A THIRD PARTY COMPLETION CENTER SPACER RINGS UNDER THE LAMP COLLAR HAD BEEN OMITTED. FLEET REVIEW FOUND THAT SISTER AIRCRAFT WAS IN SAME CONDITION, BUT AN OTHER HAD SPACERS INSTALLED. SPACERS OBTAINED AND INSTALLED ON AFFECTED AIRCRAFT.

AUS20040001

PILATS

PWA  

 

ROD  

SHEARED

1/3/2004

PC12

PT6A67B

 

5322112082

MLG DOOR

(AUS) LT NOSE LANDING GEAR DOOR OPERATING ROD BROKEN IN AREA LOCATED ADJACENT TO LOWER WITNESS HOLES.

CA040122001

PILATS

PWA  

 

CYLINDER

DEFECTIVE

1/21/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

D1657

PROPELLER HUB

(CAN) PROPELLER CYLINDER FOUND DEFECTIVE. MANUFACTURE DEFECT IN THE C AREA MISSING MATERIAL. THIS HAS BEEN SEEN IN SEVERAL OTHER CYLINDERS, MFG WAS CONTACTED ON ALL OF THE DEFECTIVE ASSEMBLIES. MFG INSPECTED AND ANALYZED THEM ALL AND HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY LIMITS FOR DAMAGES IN THE C AREA. ALL CYLINDERS HAVE BEEN WARRANTED FOR REPLACEMENT.

CA040209011

PILATS

PWA  

 

WIRE

BROKEN

2/9/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

G21A24

MLG INDICATOR

(CAN) LT MLG GREEN INDICATION WAS INTERMITTENTLY LOST. FAULT COULD BE DUPLICATED BY WIGGLING THE WIRES AT THE ACTUATOR PLUG. WIRE G21A24 FOUND BROKEN AT P055 CONNECTOR, REPAIRED, GROUND TESTS SATISFACTORY.

CA040311007

PILATS

PWA  

 

LIGHT

FAILED

3/11/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

0320713406

EXTERIOR

(CAN) NAVIGATION LIGHT ASSEMBLY (TAIL) APPEARS TO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE TOP BULB BURNING OUT. THERE HAS BEEN 8 BULBS P/N 972.87.87.184 REPLACED WITHIN 7 DAYS. THE COMPLETE ASSEMBLY HAS BEEN REPLACED ALONG WITH A ELECTRONIC SWITCH UNIT. THE SAME RESULTS. THE BULBS THEMSELVES ARE EXTREMELY HOT WITHIN A SORT TIME OF OPERATION.(SECONDS) THIS NAV LIGHT ASSEMBLY IS PART OF A KIT P/N 500.50.12.276 DUAL NAV LIGHT SYSTEM. MFG S/B 33-009 WAS USED FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THIS PRODUCT. IN SHORT, THE LIGHT IS UNRELIABLE. ON GOING TRIALS ARE CONTINUING TO FIND A SOLUTION.

CA040311005

PILATS

PWA  

 

PUMP

INOPERATIVE

3/10/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

9868411404

FUEL BOOST

(CAN) WHILE IN CRUISE FLIGHT THE PILOT NOTED A 2 LED DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LT AND RT FUEL INDICATORS. A FEW MINUTES LATER THE RT BOOST PUMP LT INDICATOR CAME ON. THE LT REMAIN ON FOR THE DURATION OF THE FLIGHT AND THE FUEL IMBALANCE REMAINED. ON THE GROUND THE FUEL BOOST PUMPS WERE TESTED MANUALLY. THE RT BOOST PUMP INDICATED NORMALLY BUT NO SOUND OF THE PUMP RUNNING WAS NOTED. THE FUEL PUMP WAS REPLACED AND THE SYSTEM TESTED SERVICEABLE. NO FURTHER ACTION WAS REQUIRED.

CA040204009

PILATS

PWA  

 

PIN  

MISSING

1/28/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

5521012219

PAX DOOR HANDLE

(CAN) PAX/CREW DOOR HANDLE LOCKING MECHANISM HARD TO OPERATE EXCEPT UPON ARRIVAL AT MAIN BASE. INSPECTING DOOR, FOUND PIN LOCK AND ITS SPRING FROM SAFETY LOCKING MECH TO BE MISSING. LOCKING MECH STOPS ACCIDENTAL OPERATION OF DOOR HANDLE INSIDE AC. RELEASE LEVER IS INSTALLED ON INSIDE OF DOOR BELOW INNER HANDLE. CABLE CONNECTS IT TO A LOCKING PIN WHICH ENGAGES IN OUTER HANDLE IF PIN LOCK BREAKS OR IS FORCED OUT OF CRANK, COMPRESSION SPRING EJECTS ITSELF AND PIN LOCK AWAY FROM AC AND THE DOOR CAN BE OPENED JUST BY ACTIVATING HANDLE. SUSPECT FORMATION OF ICE BETWEEN THE LOCKING PIN AND THE DOOR STRUCTURE TO RESTRAIN MOVEMENT OF PIN AND CAUSE A FAILURE OF LOCKING MECHANISM.

CA040204010

PILATS

PWA  

LUCAS

BEARING

FAILED

1/30/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

23085024

STARTER GEN

(CAN) GEN NR 1 FAILED IN FLIGHT. UPON ARRIVAL, MAINTENANCE FOUND THE REAR BEARING OF THE STATER GENERATOR FAILED CAUSING THE COOLING FAN TO RUB ON THE CASE. CREATING VIBRATION. STARTER GENERATOR REPLACED.

CA040110001

PILATS

PWA  

 

RELAY

FAILED

1/9/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

9740926112

HYD SYSTEM

(CAN) AFTER TAKE OFF THE CREW SELECTED GEAR UP. THE HYDRAULIC CAWS LIGHT CAME ON AND THE GEAR WOULD NOT FULLY RETRACT. THE GEAR WAS EXTENDED FULLY WITH THE HAND PUMP AND AN UNEVENTFUL LANDING CARRIED OUT. UPON INSPECTION BY MAINTENANCE, THE HYDRAULIC RELAY K601 WAS FOUND TO BE AT FAULT. THE RELAY WAS REPLACED, GEAR SWINGS CARRIED OUT AND THE AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO SERVICE. THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER INSTANCES INVOLVING FAILURE OF THESE RELAYS, WITH SIMILAR SNAG CIRCUMSTANCES. A SUGGESTION TO PLACE THESE COMPONENTS ON A HARD TIME INTERVAL IN LIEU OF, ON-CONDITION FOR OTHER OPERATORS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL. WE ARE CURRENTLY RESEARCHING THE TIME BETWEEN FAILURE, AS THESE ARE NOT NORMALLY TIME TRACKED.

CA040206005

PILATS

PWA  

 

WIRE

BURNED

2/2/2004

PC1245

PT6A67B

 

 

HEATING SYSTEM

(CAN) ONE POWER WIRE FOR THE FOOT HEATER HEAT CONTROL HAD FALLEN ON TO THE BRAKE LINE THAT RUNS ALONG THE FIREWALL JUST AHEAD OF THE RUDDER PEDALS. AS A RESULT ARCING OCCURRED AND BURNED A HOLE IN THE LINE. THE .2500 INCH ALUMINUM BRAKE LINE WAS REPLACED, SYSTEM BLED AND THE WIRE WAS REPLACED AND SECURED BETTER TO THE BUNDLE.

2004FA0000268

PIPER

LYC  

 

O-RING

WORN

11/26/2003

PA22135

O290*

 

 

CHECK VALVE

THE CHECK VALVE BETWEEN THE AUXILIARY FUEL TANK AND THE RT MAIN TANK FAILED, ALLOWING FUEL FROM THE RT MAIN TO DRAIN INTO THE AUX TANK AND OVERFLOW FROM THE FILLER NECK. THE PUMP AND VALVE ASSEMBLY IS INTENDED TO MOVE FUEL FROM THE AUX TANK TO THE RT MAIN TANK AND PREVENT REVERSE FLOW. RECOMMEND A POSITIVE SHUT OF VALVE BETWEEN THE RIGHT MAIN TANK AND THE AUX TANK PUMP TO PREVENT AN IN-FLIGHT DRAINING OF FUEL FROM THE RT MAIN TANK.

AUS20031321

PIPER

LYC  

 

STRUCTURE

CORRODED

12/15/2003

PA28140

O320*

 

 

STABILIZER

(AUS) STABILIZER STRUCTURE CORRODED.

AUS20040005

PIPER

LYC  

 

NEEDLE

STICKING

1/4/2004

PA28161

O320D3G

 

 

CARBURETOR

(AUS) FIRE IN ENGINE COWLS. SUSPECT CAUSED BY STICKING CARBURETOR NEEDLE AND SEAT CAUSING FLOODING OF ENGINE. EXCESS FUEL LEAKED INTO COWLS AND IGNITED.

2004FA0000256

PIPER

LYC  

 

HINGE

WORN

1/16/2004

PA28R200

IO360A1A

 

62371008

IB RT AILERON

RECEIVED 2 NEW HINGES FROM API WITH EXCESSIVE PLAY BETWEEN PIN AND HINGE HALVES. DATE CODES: 12/23/03 AND 01/16/04. HINGES ARE MADE BY AC MFG.

AUS20031310

PIPER

LYC  

 

BEARING

DELAMINATED

12/15/2003

PA28R201

IO360C1C6

 

SL13521

CONNECTING ROD

(AUS) CONNECTING ROD BIG END BEARING DELAMINATED.

CA040308010

PIPER

LYC  

 

TRIM SYSTEM

LACK OF LUBE

2/21/2004

PA31

TIO540A2B

 

4420000

ELEVATOR TRIM

(CAN) PILOT REPORTED ELEVATOR TRIM JAMMED FULL FORWARD AND COULD NOT TRIM NOSE UP. ELEVATOR TRIM JACK FOUND NOT LUBRICATED. SHAFT LUBRICATED, SYSTEM FUNCTIONS NORMAL. FORWARD TRIM JACK SPOOL CHECKED OK. SPOOLING AROUND ELECTRIC ACTUATOR CHECKED OK. CABLE TENSION CHECKED OK. AFT TRIM TAB ACTUATOR FREE PLAY CHECKED WITHIN LIMITS IN MM.

CA040310009

PIPER

LYC  

 

POWERPACK

FAILED

3/10/2004

PA31

TIO540A2C

 

WTC345

HYD SYSTEM

(CAN) WHEN THE PILOT SELECTED GEAR UP, ONE OF THE GEARS WAS NOT RETRACTING AND THE TRANSITION LIGHT REMAINED ILLUMINATED. AFTER SEVERAL ATTEMPTS THE GEAR RETRACTED AND EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL. THE POWER PACK WAS REPLACED.

CA040310003

PIPER

LYC  

 

STARTER GEN

FAILED

2/26/2004

PA31350

TIO540J2BD

 

MHB4016B

LT ENGINE

(CAN) AIRCRAFT WAS AT AIRPORT. AFTER STARTING THE RT ENGINE, THE PILOT WENT TO START THE LT ENGINE, THE ENGINE WOULD NOT TURN OVER, FOUND THAT THE STARTER WAS TURNING OVER BUT THE BENDIX WOULD NOT TURN. CHANGED LT STARTER ENGINE STARTED. NO FAULTS FOUND.

CA040312002

PIPER

LYC  

 

CONNECTING ROD

CRACKED

3/9/2004

PA31350

TIO540J2BD

 

 

ENGINE

(CAN) DURING CRUSE, THE CREW HEARD NOISES COMING FROM THE NR 2 ENGINE, SHORTLY AFTER THERE WAS A LOUD BANG AND VIBRATION. THE CREW NOTICED OIL AND SMOKE COMING FROM THE ENGINE COWL, THE PROP WAS FEATHERED AND ENGINE STOWED. THE OIL HIT THE TURBOCHARGER AND IGNITED CAUSING FIRE TO FLOW ALONG THE LOWER WING AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE LOWER SKIN AND GEAR DOOR. THE LOWER FLAP SKIN ALSO SHOWED SIGNS OF HEAT DAMAGE. THE A/C LANDED WITH NO FURTHER PROBLEMS.

CA040315003

PIPER

LYC  

 

TUBE

FLAT

3/10/2004

PA31350

TIO540J2BD

 

650X10600X6

NLG 

(CAN) A/C DEPARTED WITH 10KT WINDS AND BLOWING SNOW. A/C MADE ROUTINE TAKE OFF AND FLIGHT. AFTER LANDING, DURING TAXI ON RUNWAY, PILOT NOTICED A/C WAS PULLING TO ONE SIDE. PILOT TAXIED OFF RUNWAY AND PARKED. HE THEN VISUALLY INSPECTED LT MAIN TIRE AND SAW IT WAS FLAT. MAINT WAS DISPATCHED. MAINT REPLACED MAIN WHEEL AND INSTALLED NEW TUBE IN NOSE WHEEL. UPON INSP MAIN ASSY HAD A SHEARED VALVE STEM AND NOSE TUBE HAD A PIN HOLE IN IT. CAUSE OF SHEARED VALVE STEM IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN FROZEN BRAKES. CAUSE OF PIN HOLE IN THE NOSE TUBE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE CHANGE IN TEMPERATURE BETWEEN AREA OF DEPARTURE AND AREA OF ARRIVAL CAUSING WHEEL PRESSURE TO HAVE GONE DOWN AND TUBE GETTING PINCHED.

CA040206003

PIPER

LYC  

JANITROL

BLADE

CRACKED

2/4/2004

PA31350

TIO540J2BD

B4050

 

FAN 

(CAN) ONE OF FOUR BLADES SEPARATED FROM FAN AND MADE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF NOISE AND VIBRATION IN THE HEATER SUCH THAT THE PILOT SHUT THE HEATER DOWN IN FLIGHT.

CA040209004

PIPER

LYC  

PIPER

CONTROL CABLE

BROKEN

2/5/2004

PA31350

TIO540J2BD

 

2489410

PROP GOVERNOR

(CAN) AT ENGINE WARMING UP PILOT FOUND ( WHEN TRYING CHECK OF PROP GOVERNOR WORK) LT PROP CONTROL LEVER WENT LOOSE, PROP DID NOT FOLLOW SETTING ANY MORE. INSPECTION REVEALED LT PROP GOVERNOR CABLE PN:24894-10 BROKEN AND SEPARATED CABLE END FITTING AT GOVERNOR SIDE.

CA040112005

PIPER

LYC  

 

ARM  

BROKEN

1/11/2004

PA31350

TIO540J2BD

 

4204200

MLG 

(CAN) AFTER TAKE-OFF, CREW SELECTED LANDING GEAR UP. RT MAIN LANDING GEAR STILL INDICATED DOWN AND LOCKED AFTER RETRACTION. CREWS SELECTED GEAR DOWN AND ALL GEAR INDICATED DOWN AND LOCKED. AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO BASE WITH NO FURTHER FAULTS NOTED BY CREW. VISUAL INSPECTION OF LANDING GEAR SYSTEM CARRIED OUT. FOUND RT MAIN LANDING GEAR RETRACTION ARM P/N 42042-00 BROKEN. THIS PART ORIGINAL CRACK LOCATION NOT POSSIBLE TO BE INSPECTED OR FOUND WITH OUT COMPLETE DISMANTLE OF RETRACTION SYSTEM. RETRACTION ACTUATOR ROD END P/N 762-554 ALSO DAMAGED.

CA040224002

PIPER

PWA  

 

OIL SYSTEM

CONTAMINATED

2/16/2004

PA31T

PT6A28

 

 

RT ENGINE

(CAN) PILOT REDUCED ENG POWER FOR LANDING AFTER FIRST FLIGHT OF DAY, RT ENGINE PRESSURE DECREASE WAS OBSERVED. TECH DISCOVERED LARGE QUANTITY OF CARBON IN ENGINE OIL FILTER. ENGINE WAS REMOVED AND SENT TO MFG FOR INVESTIGATION. ENGINE WAS DISSEMBLED AT THE (C FLANGE) FOR AN ITT PROBLEM. AFTER REASSEMBLY, ALL GROUND TESTS WERE PERFORMED AND AC WAS RETURNED TO SERVICE AND ENGINE OIL WAS ADDED. AN INTERNAL INVESTIGATION DETERMINED THAT CARBON DISCOVERED IN FILTER WAS MADE OF LITTLE BLACK STONES. FUNNEL THAT WAS USED TO ADD ENGINE OIL WAS LOCATED, INSPECTED AND CLEANED AND SAME LITTLE BLACK STONES WERE DISCOVERED IN THE FUNNEL. WE WERE NOT ABLE TO DETERMINE THE ORIGIN OF THE LITTLE BLACK STONES.

2004FA0000257

PIPER

LYC  

 

GASKET

FAILED

1/1/2004

PA32R300

TIO540*

 

LW13388

OIL FILTER

OIL FILTER CONVERTER PLATE GASKET (PN LW13388) PROTRUDED OUT OF THE PLATE CAUSING LOSS OF OIL AND SUBSEQUENT ENGINE SEIZURE. RECOMMENDATION: CURRENT AD ALONG WITH LYC SI CAN LEAD INTO MECHANIC TRAP. IF THE OIL FILTER CONVERTER PLATE KIT (PN LW-13904, THIS PROBLEM WOULD BE RESOLVED. (WP21200402668)

CA040107003

PIPER

LYC  

BENDIX

DISTRIBUTOR GEAR

BROKEN

12/16/2003

PA34200

LIO360C1E6

 

10400405

MAGNETO

(CAN) 20 TEETH BROKEN OFF DISTRIBUTOR GEAR ASSEMBLY AND THE DISTRIBUTOR GEAR ELECTRODE BROKEN OFF. FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS OF MFG SB 658 FOR CORRECT PRACTICES FOR MAGNETO INSTALLATION ON ENGINE WILL ELIMINATE THE PROBLEM.

CA040107004

PIPER

LYC  

BENDIX

DISTRIBUTOR GEAR

BROKEN

12/22/2003

PA34200

LIO360C1E6

 

10400405

MAGNETO

(CAN) 8 TEETH BROKEN OFF DISTRIBUTOR GEAR ASSEMBLY. A GEAR HOLDING TOOL WAS USE FOR THE MAGNETO INSTALLATION ON ENGINE NOT RECOMMENDED IAW MFG MSB NR 528 AND MFG SB 658.

2004FA0000265

PIPER

LYC  

 

FLOAT

SATURATED

1/29/2004

PA44180

O360E1A6

 

30768

CARBURETOR

PILOTS REPORTED THAT UPON LANDING THE LEFT ENGINE DIED AND THAT FUEL WAS DRIPPING FROM THE COWLING. MAINTENANCE INSPECTED LEFT ENGINE AND COULD NOT FIND FUEL LEAKAGE. AIRCRAFT WAS GROUND RUN AND OPERATIVE NORMALLY EXCEPT AT IDLE. AT IDLE AIRCRAFT RAN SMOOTHLY FOR ABOUT 15 TO 20 SECONDS AND THEN WOULD BEGIN TO DIE AS IF THE ENGINE WAS EXCESSIVELY RICH. MIXTURE WAS LEANED TO ICO AND ENGINE CONTINUED TO RUN AND THERE WAS FUEL DRIPPING FROM THE AIRBOX. CARBURETOR WAS REMOVED FROM THE AIRCRAFT AND THE TOP OPENED. THE FLOAT INSIDE THE CARBURETOR WAS FOUND TO BE HALF FILLED WITH FUEL. MFG TO MONITOR PRODUCTION OF FLOATS. (WP07200410619)

CA040310005

PIPER

LYC  

 

CAMSHAFT

WORN

1/8/2004

PA44180

O360E1A6

 

 

ENGINE

(CAN) CAMSHAFT LOBES AND LIFTERS WEARING PREMATURELY.

CA040120002

ROBSIN

LYC  

ROBSIN

HUB  

GALLED

1/19/2004

R44  

O540F1B5

 

C1861

CONING FLANGE

(CAN) OTHER PART AFFECTED LOWER BEARING C181-3 S/N 1328 UPON REMOVING FAN ASSY FOR ACCESS TO A DEFECTIVE ACTUATOR C051-1, DAMAGE (FRETTING AND GALLING) WAS DISCOVERED ON BOTH MATING FLANGE OF FAN HUB C186-1 (PART OF D174-2 ASSY) AND LOWER BEARING C181-3. NO PREVIOUS SIGN OF MOVEMENT WERE NOTED PRIOR TO DISMANTLING FAN ASSY. FAN WAS NEVER REMOVED AFTER IT LEFT FACTORY. FAN HAD BEEN BALANCED ONCE SINCE NEW. FAN HAS BEEN SPLIT APART FOR INVESTIGATION AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF METAL PARTICLES WERE DISCOVERED BETWEEN BACK PLATE AND FAN AND ALSO SOME EXTENSIVE CORROSION BETWEEN SHIM C178-2 FLANGES, HUB MATING SURFACE AND FAN ITSELF. PART REMOVED AND RETURNED FOR REPAIR AND FURTHER INVESTIGATION.

CA040114008

ROBSIN

LYC  

 

ROTOR HEAD

INOPERATIVE

12/2/2003

R44  

O540F1B5

 

D0621

TAIL ROTOR

(CAN) UPON RECEIPT OF AD 2003-24-51 HELICOPTER WAS INSPECTED FOR THE SUSPECT NAS6605-31 BOLTS. EVEN THOUGH THE R44 S/N WAS NOT LISTED IN THE AD OR ROBINSON HELICOPTER SERVICE BULLETIN 51 THE T/R HUB NAS6605-31 BOLTS WERE FOUND TO HAVE THE VENDOR IDENTIFICATION MARKING 01D0. THE BOLTS WERE REPLACED AND THE A/C RETURNED TO SERVICE.

CA040315006

SNIAS

LYC  

 

GOVERNOR

FAILED

8/27/2003

AS350D

LTS101600A2

 

43012354

OVERSPEED

(CAN) MAIN ROTOR RPM WAS FOUND TO OSCILLATE DURING CRUISE FLIGHT AND SOMETIMES DROOP DOWN -5 RPM NR. REPLACING FUEL CONTROL UNIT, FUEL PUMP AND GOVERNOR DID NOT HELP THE PROBLEM. REPLACING THE OVERSPEED GOVERNOR ELIMINATED ALL SYMPTOMS.

CA040315007

SNIAS

LYC  

 

LINK

BROKEN

9/11/2003

AS350D

LTS101600A2

 

406100807

FLOW FENCE

(CAN) DURING NORMAL CRUISE FLIGHT, THE PILOT NOTICED A SUDDEN SHARP RISE IN T4 (TOT) STILL WITHIN LIMITS. AFTER RETURNING TO BASE, ONE OF THE LINKS CONTROLLING THE FLOW FENCE WAS FOUND TO BE BROKEN.

AUS20040011

STBROS

PWA  

 

ATTACH FITTING

CORRODED

1/10/2004

SD360

PT6A67R

 

SD3230488XA

LT WING

(AUS) LT WING STRUT FORWARD LOWER STRUT TO STUB WING ATTACHMENT LUG CORRODED ON AFT FACE. DEPTH OF CORROSION 3.327 MM (0.131 IN) WHICH IS APPROXIMATELY 13 PERCENT OF THE FITTING THICKNESS. FOUND DURING INSPECTION IAW AD/SD3-60/48 AMDT2.

CA040319001

ZLIN

LYC  

 

CONTROL CABLE

FRAYED

3/12/2004

Z242L

AEIO360A1B6

 

Z4244120000

ELEVATOR TRIM

(CAN) DURING A 100 HOUR INSPECTION, IT WAS NOTICED THAT THE AFT TRIM CABLE HAD A BROKEN STRAND FORWARD OF THE RT PULLEY NEAR THE TRIM DRUM. THROUGH EXPERIENCE IT WAS FOUND THAT CONDITION WOULD LEAD TO A TOTAL FAILURE OF THE CABLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THE CABLE WOULD FRAY SO MUCH THAT IT WOULD BIND UP IN THE DRUM ASSEMBLY RENDERING THE ELEVATOR TRIM SYSTEM INOPERABLE. THIS SYSTEM IS CLOSELY INSPECTED EVERY 100 HOUR INSPECTION DUE TO SIMILAR FAILURES OF THIS CABLE.

END OF REPORTS