Airworthiness Directive

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

Amendment 39-4198; AD 80-26-04 R1



Airworthiness Directives; Piper Model PA-23, PA-23-160, PA-23-235 and PA-23-250 Airplanes
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DATES: Effective August 28, 1981.






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80-26-04 R1 PIPER: Amendment 39-3992 as amended by Amendment 39-4198. Applies to models:
PA-23, PA-23-160, Serial Nos. 23-1 thru 23-2046;
PA-23-235, Serial Nos. 27-505 thru 27-622; PA-23-250, Serial Nos. 27-1 thru 27-504;
PA-23-250 (6 Place), Serial Nos. 27-2000 thru 27-8054049 certificated in all categories.

To detect cracks and prevent possible misalignment of the rudder cable-pulley at the fuselage crossmember which supports the cabin entrance step, accomplish the following:

a. For airplanes with 500 or more hours in service on the effective date of this AD, within the next 100 hours in service, inspect the cabin entrance step supporting frame structure for cracks, repair as necessary in accordance with paragraph (c), and unless already accomplished incorporate additional bracketry for the footstep attachment at the rudder pulley in accordance with paragraph (c).

b. For airplanes with less than 500 hours in service on the effective date of this AD, before the accumulation of 600 hours in service, inspect the cabin entrance step supporting frame structure for cracks, repair as necessary in accordance with paragraph (c), and unless already accomplished, incorporate additional bracketry for the footstep attachment at the rudder pulley in accordance with paragraph (c).

c. Accomplish steps 1 through 5 under the "Inspection and Repair Instructions" Section and steps 1 through 9 under "Footstep Reinforcement Brackets Installation Instructions" in Piper Service Bulletin No. 672 dated June 20, 1980, or equivalent.

d. Equivalent inspections and alterations must be approved by the Chief, Engineering and Manufacturing Branch, FAA Eastern Region.

e. Upon submittal of substantiating data by an owner or operator through an FAA Maintenance Inspector, the Chief, Engineering and Manufacturing Branch, FAA, Eastern Region, may adjust the compliance times specified in this AD.

NOTE: Since the cabin step is part of the approved type design, it must be in place. This includes those cases where temporary permission was granted for its removal.

Amendment 39-3992 was effective December 19, 1980.

This amendment 39-4198 is effective August 28, 1981.