Textron/Cessna 400 series Spar Eddy Current inspection

FAA AD2018-03-03

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Textron Aviation Inc. Models 401, 401A, 401B, 402, 402A, 402B, 402C, 411, 411A, 414, 414A 421, 421A, 421B, 421C, and 425 airplanes. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the left and the right forward lower carry through spar cap for cracks and replacing the carry through spar if cracks are found. This AD was prompted by a report of a fully cracked lower forward carry through spar cap found on an affected airplane. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective February 28, 2018.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of February 28, 2018.

We must receive comments on this AD by March 30, 2018.

ISO/IEC 17025 Certification granted to Apex Inspections Inc. Farmers Branch, Texas

ISO/IEC 17025 Certification granted to Apex Inspections Inc. in Farmers Branch, Texas

We have received our accreditation from the A2LA National Accreditation Board, on October 25th, 2017 having demonstrated technical competence in the field of Nondestructive Testing per the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025.

The scope of our ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation encompasses all specimen types and methods of inspection in our NDT/NDI laboratory. Accreditation is granted to
this laboratory at the location listed above to perform the following Nondestructive Tests and Inspections on aircraft, automotive, industrial, commercial, military, forensics, artifacts, amusement rides and other additional various metals and components:

  1. Conductivity
  2. Eddy Current
  3. Liquid Penetrant
  4. Magnetic Particle
  5. Radiographic
  6. Ultrasonic
  7. Visual

Our laboratory has always endeavored to keep our level of quality and competency at the highest ISO/IEC standards since our very start in late 1998, bringing our customers the most responsive, professional, and personal service in the Nondestructive Testing industry.

The successful adoption and completion of the ISO/IEC 17025 certification quality system confirms Apex’s commitment to our customers, for all aspects of our NDT/NDI testing and customer support.

You can always have absolute confidence that the results of every component and or specimen tested by our laboratory will meet the highest of international standards.

The real-world benefits for the clients of Apex Inspections Inc. of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation are seen on a daily basis:
* Nondestructive testing results of the highest quality, validity, and integrity
* Immediate customer communication and the resolution of customer issues
* The continual improvement of our management system, with an emphasis on the responsibilities of senior management

To view our certificate of accreditation, visit us online at www.apexinspections.com

If you have questions about our ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, please contact us at clientservices@apexinspections.com or +1 (844)-436-4197 or (972) 418-5672

EASA Certification granted to Apex Inspections Incorporated

Apex Inspections Incorporated has been granted EASA certification for NDT Inspections

Farmers Branch, TX, October 17, 2017: Apex Inspections Inc., a global provider of Non-Destructive Testing services, has further extended its list of capabilities by receiving Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Under this certificate the company is now fully authorized to perform Non-Destructive Testing services to EU registered aircraft and components.

The newly obtained certificate allows Apex Inspections Incorporated to perform Eddy Current, Ultrasonic, Radiographic, Magnetic Particle and Liquid Penetrant NDT methods on commercial and civilian aircraft to help determine airworthiness.

“We are excited to obtain and offer this certification to our customers that require EASA certified NDT facilities to perform their needed inspections on EASA registered aircraft and components. This is an exceptionally proud professional achievement for us at Apex” says Eric Shaw, President of Apex Inspections Incorporated.

Apex Inspections Incorporated is a FAA/EASA certificated Repair Station based in the United States that was formed in 1998 and continues to provide professional NDT services throughout the world to commercial, military and civilian aircraft operators and owners

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Apex Inspections Incorporated corporate logo

FAA AD 2017-13-13 Boeing B737 Cracking

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of frame web cracking at certain locations. This AD requires repetitive inspections in certain locations of the frame web, and corrective action if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.




FAA AD 2017-13-07 Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that a main landing gear (MLG) door could not be closed due to rupture of the actuator fitting. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the MLG door actuator fitting and its components, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also requires eventual replacement of all affected MLG door actuator fittings with new monoblock fittings, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. HFEC and LFEC NDT inspections

Link to FAA.gov


MD-83 with U of M Mens Basketball team

“The Michigan men’s basketball team plane was involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to take off in high winds, takeoff was aborted and, after strong braking, the plane slide off runway. The plane sustained extensive damage but everyone on board was safely evacuated and is safe. The team is making alternate travel plans.”

MD-83 damaged

MD-83 slides off of Willow run airport near Detroit Michigan in bad weather

MD-83 slides off of Willow run airport near Detroit Michigan in bad weather

updated 03/24/2017

1. The Plane Was Travelling About 150 MPH When It Skidded Off the Runway

Initial news reports weren’t able to put the whole situation into perspective.

Michigan coach John Beilein said that reporting that it’s a plane “skidding off the runway” didn’t paint the right picture. Instead, the plane was traveling extremely fast as it attempted to get off of the runway, Beilein said.

It wasn’t just a plane skidding off a runway. It was full going, 150 miles an hour, we can’t stop. And our kids got — thank goodness the plane didn’t flip. All kinds of things could have happened once we got off the plane and looked.

He said that crews aboard the plan acted quickly to ensure safety, but it was a very scary situation. Thankfully, the plane didn’t strike any large objects or slide any further, otherwise the crash may have had fatal results.

2. The Plane Malfunctioned Because of an Equipment Issue

Flight 9363 damaged elevator geared tab linkage

Ameristar Air Cargo Inc., flight 9363 damaged elevator inboard tab hinge

A depiction of the displaced inboard elevator geared tab linkage, highlighted by the arrow, from Ameristar Air Cargo Inc., flight 9363. The red piece of metal is included in the image for reference only an is not part of the elevator system. (NTSB)

The National Transportation Safety Board issued an update to the incident March 22 and said that the cause seems to be an equipment malfunction.

The statement said that while probable cause and a conclusion hasn’t yet determined, preliminary information and details have been found.

The NTSB said that a post-accident examination found that the “right elevator” on the plane was jammed into a “trailing edge-down position.” Further inspection showed that the elevator on the plane was damaged and restricted movement.

When investigators tried to move the elevator surfaces by hand, the left elevator moved normally, but the right elevator was jammed in a trailing edge-down position (airplane nose down). Upon further inspection, the right elevator geared tab inboard pushrod linkage was found damaged which restricted movement of the right elevator surface but allowed movement of the control tab. After the damaged components were removed, the elevator could be moved by hand.

On airplanes, elevators help control the pitch on the aircraft and provide measurements to how far the nose of a plane is tilted up or down.

FAA AD Boeing Company Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the frame-to-floor-beam joints and frames common to shear ties at certain locations of fuselage structure are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires inspections for cracking of certain frame inner chords and webs common to the floor beam joint and at frames common to the shear ties at certain sections, and corrective action if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.