Nose-Gear AD Comments Open for Tecnam P2006T

The proposed airworthiness directive follows onto one initiated under EASA.

The FAA has opened the comment period on a nose-gear airworthiness directive (AD) for the Tecnam P2006T piston twin that follows onto a mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) initiated under EASA in March 2019.

The proposed AD and MCAI address an unsafe condition driven by a manufacturing defect in the nose landing-gear (NLG) piston tube. It requires replacement of the defective tube. Tecnam issued a service bulletin to address the problem.

“Failures of NLG piston tubes P/N 26-8-1408-1 were reported during ground operations,” the MCAI stated. “Subsequent investigation determined a deficiency in the NLG piston tube manufacturing process. It was also determined that only a specific batch is affected by this defect.”

The condition could lead to a failure of the NLG tube, which may cause a loss of control on the ground, or during or after landing. Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A. Service Bulletin No. SB 288-CS-Ed 1, Revision 1, from December 22, 2017, provides information about installing NLG piston tube kit number SB 288-1.

The defect is projected to affect 59 aircraft, with a cost to rectify the condition at $1,540 per airplane.

The FAA asks that users and operators submit any comments by October 12, 2021.

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