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Issue Could Affect All Aging Aircraft, AOPA Says...

At the FAA's instigation, Raytheon Aircraft Corporation recently issued mandatory service bulletins requiring inspection for and repair of any crack in the spar assemblies of Beechcraft Bonanzas and Barons. And while Part 91 operators don't have to comply with the service bulletins right now, if the FAA changes the airworthiness directives, the new service bulletins would become mandatory for everyone. AOPA and the American Bonanza Society have teamed up in a pre-emptive effort to prevent that. "This issue will ultimately affect owners of any older aircraft," said Andy Cebula, AOPA senior vice president of Government and Technical Affairs. "That's because the FAA has changed its policy concerning cracks in structural members. Simply put, no more cracks."