Aero-News has learned
the United Kingdom's Popular Flying Association has issued two
mandatory safety bulletins to all Europa owners, following a recent
fatal accident which appears to have involved an in-flight break up
caused by tailplane flutter.
PFA Engineering staff are working with the Air Accidents
Investigation Branch (AAIB) to help them identify the cause of the
flutter. In the meantime, the PFA has issued bulletins calling for
mandatory inspections of the tailplanes, tailplanes mass balances
and rear wing pin attachment before next flight, with the tailplane
checks being repeated at every ten flying hours.
The accident aircraft was an early Classic model of Europa,
which had previously accrued over 900 flying hours.
Affected owners may download the bulletins in .pdf form at the
FMI links below.