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Cessna Model 680 Sovereign

The FAA has issued Final Special Conditions for the Cessna Model 680 Sovereign airplane. The agency claims this airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with side-facing single-occupant seats. The FAA states its applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions, which become effective October 14, contain the additional safety standards that the agency considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.

Gulfstream Model G-V

The FAA has issued a final rule for certain Gulfstream Model G-V series airplanes. This amendment, which became effective on September 26, adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) that is applicable to some of these business jets and requires a one-time inspection of the balance weight installation of the left and right ailerons for correctly installed attachment components, and corrective action if necessary. The FAA claims this action is necessary to prevent separation of the balance weights of the aileron, which could result in jamming of the pilot's aileron control system, subsequent loss of aileron control, and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.