The EAA Warbirds of America
Government Affairs Committee and Earl Lawrence, EAA Vice President
of Industry and Regulatory Affairs, hosted a teleconference Friday
to talk about Emergency AD 2005-12-51 -- the one covering T-6s.
Industry participants included the North American Trainer
Association and the Commemorative Air Force. These important
discussions centered on the current situation and future actions by
the industry groups.
It was noted that many T-6/SNJ/Harvard owners have started the
process of inspecting their aircraft per AD2005-12-51. It was also
noted that the FAA has accepted several alternate methods of
compliance (AMOC) for the inspection procedures. Alternatives
include the use of eddy current inspection in place of dye
penetrant, which avoids the need to strip paint from the aircraft
with the associated corrosion and additional maintenance time
associated with dye penetrant inspections. The FAA has also
approved the use of smaller nuts on the wing attachment bolts to
enable better clearance for tools.
EAA Warbirds of America has posted a survey on its website to
gather data on the results of the T-6/SNJ/Harvard inspections. We
urge all owners to visit the website and complete the survey as
soon as possible. Armed with this data, we will be able to better
represent the interests of the owner/member. If owners find
failures in the inspections, they are urged to report it to EAA
Warbirds of America as soon as possible.
A list of companies that offer inspection products and
services or an alternate method of compliance (AMOC) has been
compiled. To add a company to this list, simply send an email
to Warbirds of America including company name, city,
phone, email, and website information. While EAA Warbirds of
America, The North American Trainer Association, or The
Commemorative Air Force do not endorse any single company, the list
is made available as a member service.