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Airworthiness Directives and Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins

Since the FAA ended the mailing of special airworthiness information bulletins (SAIB) a few years ago, the only way to get them, short of making an appointment at your local flight standards district office so you can thumb through your local inspector’s notebook, is to receive them via e-mail. SAIBs are pretty handy; they highlight maintenance issues that do not warrant an airworthiness directive (AD), but are things that should be watched for when working on particular aircraft. An issue brought up by an SAIB may later wind up as an AD created by the FAA, but more often than not simply pointing out the potential problem seems to head off the problem. If you’d like to receive both ADs and SAIBs via e-mail, you have to subscribe to them using the FAA’s website at http://RGL.FAA.gov.

Click on the link to subscribe, and you’ll be reading all about maintenance issues that may be of particular interest to you! Two SAIBs issued within the past six months highlighted the inspections of Tarver propellers (most of us remember them best as Aeromatic props) and the 7 series airplanes built by Aeronca, Champion, and American Champion. Here are links to those two SAIBs:

Tarver Props
American Champion

As an aircraft owner, in the interest of aviation safety, I’d encourage everyone who deals with maintenance as a pilot, restorer, and owner to subscribe to this service from the FAA. You can browse that section of the FAA’s website by SAIB number, aircraft name, or aircraft type, so you’re bound to find something of interest.

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