Author: Piper Owner Society

Adventure Pilot Releases Feature for Easier Calculation of Weight & Balance

Adventure Pilot has announced the release of iFly EFB — the next generation of its iFly GPS product. A new feature in iFly EFB is Weight & Balance, which will allow pilots to easily calculate and manage their aircraft’s weight and balance information by streamlining the pre-flight planning process, saving pilots time and reducing the risk of errors.

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FAA Creates ‘Off-The-Shelf’ Replacement Parts Program for Legacy Aircraft 

Finding replacement parts for legacy aircraft has become increasingly difficult over the years, but owners can now breathe a sigh of relief. The FAA has approved a new program called the Vintage Aircraft Replacement and Modification Article program (VARMA), which will allow the use of certain off-the-shelf parts in type-certificated aircraft. The new rules apply to non-safety-critical parts used in planes weighing less than 12,500 pounds built before 1980.

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UPDATE: FAA Supersedes Continental Engines AD With New AD

AD 2023-05-16, adopted March 15, 2023, supersedes AD 2023-04-08, adopted February 23, 2023. The FAA has provided guidance in the form of a flowchart to assist in complying with AD 2023-05-16. Every Continental engine model listed in section (c) of the AD, titled “Applicability” is affected by this AD. However, every affected engine does not require the inspection detailed in Continental Aerospace Technologies Mandatory Service Bulletin MSB23-01A. Operators of affected engines can follow the flowchart to determine whether their engine requires inspection.

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Box B Zone 7

Box C Zone 8

Box D Zone 9

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