The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has called on the aviation community to provide information on control cables replaced under a CASA airworthiness directive (AD).
CASA issued AD/GENERAL/87 in early 2015, which mandated replacement of control cables more than 15 years old. The AD drew much criticism from the general aviation industry because it meant many perfectly good control cables needed to be removed and discarded. Last month, CASA amended the AD to include a cable inspection regime, with replacement needed if defects are found.
AOPA has now called on the industry to provide information on control cables that were replaced under the original AD, so it can compile a database on the cost.
AOPA says the information collected will remain confidential, and is asking for:
- Full Name
- Contact Email Address
- Contact Telephone Number
- Aircraft Registration
- Total cost of cable replacement
- Were removed control cables serviceable?
- Were any defects found on the removed control cables
- Age of cables removed.
Aircraft owners wishing to provide this information are being asked to contact AOPA Executive Director Ben Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 9791 9099.