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FAA CE-18-26 Propeller failure

 A recent accident involving an in-flight propeller failure and separation has again brought to light the need for continued diligence in the use of liquid penetrant inspection methods. These methods involve the use of Type I fluorescent penetrants (visible under ultraviolet light) and Type II visible penetrant (visible under ordinary white light), (Ref. Aerospace Material Specification (AMS) 2644 Inspection Material, Penetrant). During the examination of the failed propeller, there were remnants of visible dye penetrant (red dye) material found in the bolt holes, which may have affected subsequent inspections. 

At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant any additional airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. 


FAA Airworthiness Directive 2018-16-09 Boeing

FAA AD2018-16-09

 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by report indicating that cracks were found on the fuselage frame webs at stations forward and aft of the overwing emergency exits between stringer-7 (S-7) and S-8. This AD requires repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections for cracking of the fuselage frame webs at certain stations between S-7 and S-8 and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. 

FAA Airworthiness Directive 2018-12-08 Airbus

FAA AD2018-12-08

 SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-07-07, which applied to certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes. AD 2017-07-07 required repetitive inspections of certain fastener holes, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD retains the requirements of AD 2017-07-07 and expands the applicability. This AD was prompted by a report of cracking at fastener holes located at frame (FR) 40 on the lower shell panel junction. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products 

FAA Airworthiness Directive 2018-16-07 GE ENGINES

FAA AD2018-16-07 General Electric Company Turbofan Engines 

 SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Company (GE) GEnx-1B54, -1B58, -1B64, -1B67, -1B70, -1B54/P1, -1B58/P1, -1B64/P1, -1B67/P1, -1B70/P1, -1B54/P2, -1B58/P2, -1B64/P2, -1B67/P2, -1B70/P2, -1B70C/P1, -1B70/72/P1, -1B70/75/P1, -1B74/75/P1, -1B75/P1, -1B70C/P2, -1B70/72/P2, -1B70/75/P2, -1B74/75/P2, -1B75/P2, -1B76/P2, -1B76A/P2, -1B78/P2, -2B67, -2B67B, and -2B67/P turbofan engines. This AD requires removal of affected high-pressure turbine (HPT) stator cases (HPT cases) from service and their replacement with a part eligible for installation. This AD was prompted by the discovery of a quality escape at a manufacturing facility. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. 

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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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.

http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgad.nsf/0/ab04cbeb1014787786258154005410b1/$FILE/2017-13-13.pdf