SFO Class Bravo Changes Coming August 16

Some major changes are coming to the Class Bravo airspace in the Bay Area. Most of the changes are being made to ensure air carrier traffic arriving and departing from KSFO remain within the Class Bravo airspace on their arrival and departure routing. Anyone used to “the old way” needs to take a close look at “the new way” after August 16.

NPRM Issued for Textron Aviation Airplanes

The FAA last week proposed to issue a new airworthiness directive (AD) that would affect certain (Cessna) Textron Aviation 172/182/206/207/210 airplanes. A report of cracks found in the lower area of the forward cabin doorpost bulkhead prompted this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). This condition is determined to be the result of metal fatigue. If not addressed, it could lead to failure of the wing in operation, which could result in loss of control.

The AD would require repetitive inspection of this area for cracks and would require owners to make any necessary repairs in accordance with the applicable Cessna service kit. The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 14,653 airplanes of U.S. registry. For more details on the inspection and repair requirements of this NPRM, as well as instruction for submitting comments, go here. The comment period closes on March 19, 2018.

Member dues… due

It’s that time of year again to pay your 2018 member dues.

The dues remain at $20 for an individual, $30 for a family.

You may pay a number of ways;

  1. cash or check at any meeting, or find Jim Hughes at his hangar, J-5.
  2. mail a check to ; LincolnEAA, P.O.Box 1126, Lincoln, CA, 95648
  3. PayPal to , lincolneaa@hotmail.com.

The new Board of Directors will be working to redirect the ‘Gold Member’ program, since we will continue to rent hangar S-12, now from Ron Wright.
The BOD will develop new programs to utilize the existing ‘hangar funds’.

Any member with ideas for programs and activities, please contact a board member, or, better, come to a meeting, board or member meeting and start a discussion.

Proposed ADs for Piper/Textron Aviation

The FAA last week issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that addresses reports of main wing spar corrosion found in certain Piper PA-28 and PA-32 Cherokee series airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing an inspection access panel in the lower wing skin near the left and the right main wing spars if not already there, inspecting the left and the right main wing spars for corrosion, and taking all necessary corrective actions. The FAA estimates the AD would affect 11,476 airplanes of U.S. Registry. For more details and for instructions on how to submit comments before the December 22 deadline, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-07/pdf/2017-24083.pdf.

The FAA also revised an NPRM originally designed for Textron Aviation A36TC and B36TC Bonanza models to include all Textron Aviation Models S35, V35, V35A, and V35B airplanes that have the optional turbocharger engine installed. The proposed AD aims to prevent

failure of the exhaust tailpipe v-band coupling (clamp) that may lead to detachment of the exhaust tailpipe from the turbocharger and allow high-temperature exhaust gases to enter the engine compartment. The comment period for the NPRM has been reopened until December 26, 2017. For more, go to www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-08/pdf/2017-24065.pdf.

Missing Nunno Tenant Information

The city are trying to find contact information that they don’t currently have for the hangars in the Nunno Lease Transition Area. Their goal is to get everyone under a new agreement by December 1, 2017.

In the event that they cannot find people, after exhausting all avenues to make contact, they’ll start allowing other folks an opportunity to rent the hangars.

Below is the list of hangars that we do not have contact information for:

N1, N1A, N2, N3, N4, N5A, N6, N8
P1, P3, P4, P10, P11, P12
Q1, Q4, Q9, Q10
R8, R13
S1, S2, S3, S7, S8, S9
T3, T4, T8, T9

They are asking all current tenants that are occupying the hangars list above to contact the City by email.

Please state in the email:

  • Your name
  • Hangar Row and Number
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address

They sincerely appreciate everyone’s assistance with the matter. If they have inadvertently overlooked your previous submittal of your contact information, they apologize. The City experienced email difficulties last week and as such, they may have missed your correspondence.

If you have any questions please contact the Public Services Administrative Division at 916-434-2450.

New AD Issued for Lycoming Engines

The FAA has issued a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Lycoming TIO-540-AJ1A reciprocating engines that went into effect June 28, 2017. The AD, which was prompted by several reports of engine exhaust leaks, requires initial and repetitive inspections of engine exhaust system weld joints and torque checking the exhaust pipe flange mounting nuts. The FAA estimates the AD will affect 758 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. For more details, click here.