SAIB Covers Cessna Torque Tube Inspections

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SAIB Covers Cessna Torque Tube Inspections

On August 25, 2017, the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) which highlights the potential for cracks and corrosion in elevator torque tubes on Textron Aviation Inc. (Cessna) 172, 175, 180, 182, 185, 188, and 208 airplanes. The FAA recommends adhering to the corrosion inspection procedures found in the applicable Supplemental Inspection Documents (SIDs) and maintenance manuals. Airplanes based or operated in high corrosion areas are recommended to be inspected more frequently. Click here to view the SAIB and all applicable SIDs.  

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I cant even comprehend that such an unairworthy part was utilized as an example on this document. The repairs (for the sake of argument) are worthy of license revoked let alone the corrosion/cracking that obviously was present at previous inspections, again, worthy of same. More than likely the entire Aircraft is and has been unairworthy for a very long time period. Using such gross negligence as an example to generate an SAIB is pretty unrealistic. Much bigger issues going on there at many levels.

I dont understand why an SAIB was issued against the component and not an investigation into logbook records?

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