FAA Requiring Safety Checks on Older Model Piper Airplanes
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is mandating safety inspections on tens of thousands of older model Piper airplanes to check cables that control tail surfaces.
The FAA mandate posted in the Federal Register comes after at least three reports of failures in the cable assembly that directs the plane's nose. The new rule requires plane inspections and parts replacement, if necessary, to correct what the FAA calls an 'unsafe condition.'
The requirement only affects Piper airplanes that are more than 15 years old.
Piper Aircraft Inc., a privately held Vero Beach, Florida company, says that it is fully cooperating with the FAA.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the mandate, saying it affects about 34,000 aircraft.