If The Numbers Match
If your engine is on the list in the MSB supplement, Lycoming wants you to phone them (570-323-6181) or fax them (570-327-7160) to arrange its return. If your engine was rebuilt or had the crankshaft replaced after March 1, 1999, you need to hunt down the repair records and find the crankshaft serial number to compare to the list contained in the MSB supplement. If your number comes up, you need to call or fax, too. Lycoming will cover a "reasonable" amount of labor for the removal and reinstallation of the engine. At the factory, it will be disassembled, inspected and the cranks and bearings replaced. There's no word on exactly how long you might be grounded but there is perhaps some comfort in the fact that Lycoming is pretty experienced at this procedure and seems to be fairly efficient at it. According to AOPA, about 80 percent of the more than 1,100 engines included in the July recall are back in the air. "Lycoming has told AOPA that it has already repaired nearly 80 percent of the engines that it was able to identify from the first AD," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy. "It appears they'll be able to work quickly on this latest batch."