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Cessna Launches Safety Effort on New Inspection Procedures

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Cessnas built from 1946-1986, like EAA’s 1969 210J Centurion, will have new supplemental inspections for safety.

December 8, 2011 – Owners of 100- and 200-series Cessna single-engine piston aircraft owners built from 1946-1986 will soon receive educational training about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures being added to Cessna service manuals, the company announced this week. The inspections will be incorporated into the service manuals for 200-series aircraft this month and 100-series aircraft in April 2012.

“The supplemental inspection program we’ve developed is primarily a visual process aimed at supporting the continued airworthiness of aging airframes,” said Beth Gamble, Cessna’s principal engineer for airframe structures. “Through this education effort, we hope to answer most questions before we release the revised service manuals. We encourage owners to check in with their local Cessna service affiliate at the appropriate times to have the mandatory inspections completed.”

The initial visual inspections will focus on signs of corrosion or structural fatigue damage. Cessna authorized service providers will have special training and access to specific equipment for the inspections and for repairs, if required.

“Corrosion and fatigue are inevitable but with early detection and proper maintenance, severity and effects can be minimized,” Gamble said. “The new inspection requirements we’ve developed are very simple, and are based on visual inspection that can be done quickly by a trained inspector during an annual inspection.”

For more information, visit the Customer Access portion of the Customer Service page on the Cessna website for an interactive presentation. (Login required.) Below is a video explaining the new inspection process.

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