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IS THERE AN APPEAL FOR RIDICULOUS ADs?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2022 5:13 pm    Post subject: IS THERE AN APPEAL FOR RIDICULOUS ADs? Reply with quote

Every two years (or three with AirWolf straps), I am faced with spending upwards of $8,000 for replacing the TT-straps on my helicopter due to a ridiculous AD which calls for replacement every 2 to 3 years, or 2,000 hours. I believe this AD is based on one failure of one strap in a salty, ocean-air environment.

I have talked to numerous mechanics, who all say that they find the "used" straps in perfect condition! Not noticeable wear, no penetrations of their outer plastic membrane and no corrosion. And in the cases of private owners, like me, there are hardly any hours on them comparatively to commercials ops.

It is a shear waste of time, money and resources!

I'm not sure how they came up with the time limit to begin with ... 2 to 3 years is hardly any time at all! I believe the AD should based on "flight hours" and/or inspections of some kind or at least a time frame of hours/years that makes sense.

Does the FAA even listen to concerns such as these? This AD is overkill.

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