FAA Suggests $840,000

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Cessna says it hopes to cut a better deal after the FAA proposed fines of $840,000 for alleged violations stemming from a recall of 42 Cessna 182 and 172 aircraft last March. As AVweb told you then, the FAA found problems with aircraft control rigging during an inspection of the company's factory in Independence, Kan. When Cessna found more problems in early March, the FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive grounding 42 airplanes, some of which had already been delivered to their new owners and were being flown by them. After further inspections, 12 of the aircraft covered by the AD were found to be not airworthy. The FAA's formal allegation against Cessna is that it failed to comply with FAA regulations in building the 42 aircraft. Even though only 12 of the planes were determined not to be airworthy, the FAA alleges that Cessna couldn't be sure that any of the 42 planes had been built to certification standards.