Proposed AD Could be Devastating for GA

Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 8:00 AM

The proposed airworthiness directive (AD) to limit the allowable time-in-service on cylinders produced by Engine Components International (ECi) that are in more than 6,000 Continental engines could cost GA upwards of $82.6 million.

And on what is the proposed regulation based?  Alleged problems in 30 instances out of more than 30,000 cylinders installed.  This comes out to 1/100th of 1%.  Add to this the lack of evidence that shows even one accident attributed to the alleged problem.

Not only would enactment of the proposed rule have a devastating effect on owners of today’s aircraft, it could have an even greater impact on the entire general aviation world in the future.

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