Misrigged (New) Cessnas Grounded
Emergency AD Affects New 172s, 182s
If you've recently taken delivery of a new Cessna 172 or 182, check the serial number against a list in an Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued Friday. A few dozen of the brand-new airplanes are grounded until they can be inspected for potential control rigging problems. "The FAA has been notified that inadequate or incorrect flight controls rigging may exist on recently produced Cessna Models 172R, 172S, 182T and T182T," the Emergency AD reads. It should be stressed that the affected airplanes are grounded. No ferry permits or repositioning flights will be allowed. Cessna staff discovered various problems with aircraft still in the factory. However, it's believed that some potentially flawed airplanes were delivered (i.e., flown) to their new owners, who, presumably, have also been flying them.