Nose-Gear AD Comments Open for Tecnam P2006T

The Tecnam P2006T piston twin has become a go-to multiengine trainer for flight schools. Tecnam

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.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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