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The Federal Aviation Administration is the national aviation authority of the United States. As an agency of the United States Department of Transportation, it has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of American civil aviation.

Aviation Groups Urge NTSB to Tell the Whole Story on GA Safety

Story by Stephen Pope Yesterday at 12:13pm

Aircraft crash - FAR Part 91


21 aviation associations send letter criticizing the Safety Board for its role in a skewed NBC News report on flying safety.


In a September 23 letter to the National Transportation Safety Board, 21 general aviation associations wrote to voice their displeasure with the panel’s apparent role in a recent NBC Nightly News report on an aircraft accident that portrayed personal flying as a highly risky activity. The groups are urging the NTSB to “publicly convey that general aviation is one of the safest modes of transportation in the United States.”

“Given the hundreds of thousands of flight hours each year it is understandable that aviation accidents receive significant media attention because they are so infrequent given the enormous amount of private and business flying in the United States,” the groups said in the letter. “The media’s reporting of general aviation accidents should be balanced just as we believe NTSB accident investigations should be thorough and rely solely on facts and not speculation. We believe the NTSB has an inherent responsibility to help provide media outlets with a comprehensive view of safety trends and outline the improvements in general aviation safety over the years.”

When the NTSB first put general aviation safety on its Most Wanted List of safety improvements in 2011, the industry applauded. Now, the GA groups appear to be growing weary of the bull’s-eye that this label puts on aviation’s back.
The NBC report noted that loss of control is the No. 1 cause of fatal general aviation accidents and quoted statistics supplied to the network by the NTSB. The piece failed, however, to note that GA safety has been improving over the years and in 2014 recorded the lowest fatal accident rate ever.
“We, as a responsible industry, do everything within our power to ensure that safety remains our top priority and we must continue to work together to manage risk in general aviation,” the aviation groups, which included AOPA, EAA and NBAA, wrote. “We must not let media reports like these discredit the hard work and gains we have all made together, and we encourage the NTSB to help set the record straight.”

FAA AD 2015-25-08

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the lap splices of the aft pressure bulkhead webs are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD) on aging Model 777 airplanes that have accumulated at least 38,000 total flight cycles. This AD requires repetitive inspections for any crack in the aft webs of the radial lap splices of the aft pressure bulkhead, and, if necessary, corrective actions.

FAA AD2015-25-08



Continental Motors, Inc. has released Critical Service Bulletin CSB15-2 that provides an enhanced design for the oil cooler cross fitting.

This service letter transmits and provides instructions to complete Continental Motors, Inc. Critical Service Bulletin CSB15-2. Critical Service Bulletin CSB15-2 provides instructions to replace the existing oil cooler cross fitting with an improved design cross fitting.

Cessna SEL-71-04



Apex NDT Cessna 402 Landing Gear

Cessna Aircraft, Models 300 and 400, Landing Gear, Nose Landing Gear Trunnions

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) is to alert owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of Cessna 300 and 400 Models and Series airplanes of an airworthiness concern, specifically the recommendation to inspect the nose landing gear (NLG) trunnion to ensure that cracks are not present. If cracks are present, the trunnion should be replaced because a failure during landing may cause significant damage to the airplane and may cause injury to the occupants. Airplanes affected are all series of Cessna Models 310/335/340/401/402/404/411/414/421/425 and 441.

Apex NDT Cessna 402 Landing Gear

A Twin Image Cessna Aircraft Model Series 400 on the Ramp.



FAA SAIB CE-14-11R1 (Provided by Apex Inspections Inc)

FAA AD 2015-17-20

FAA AD2015-17-20

SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain serial number (S/N) GE Aviation Czech s.r.o. M601E-11, M601E-11A, and M601F turboprop engines with certain part number (P/N) gas generator turbine (GGT) blades, installed. This AD requires removing from service any affected engine with certain GGT blades installed. This AD was prompted by the determination that certain GGT blades are susceptible to blade failure. We are issuing this AD to prevent GGT blade failure, which could lead to engine failure and loss of the airplane.