by JOANN VISTA
Targeted News Service
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a final rule adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Inc. model DHC-8-102, -103, -106, -201, -202, -301, -311, and -315 airplanes made by Bombardier Inc., Ontario, Canada. The directive is effective on Sept. 2.
A Federal Register notice (Docket No. FAA-2013-1024) issued by Aircraft Certification Service Transport Airplane Directorate Acting Manager John P. Piccola stated: "This AD was prompted by reports of a fractured wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolt. This AD requires a torque check of all wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolts, and repair or replacement if necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires a detailed inspection for corrosion, damage, and wear of each wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolt and associated hardware, and replacement if necessary; and a borescope inspection for corrosion and damage of the bore hole and barrel nut threads, and repair or replacement if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fractured strut attachment joint bolts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint and subsequent loss of the wing."
For more information, contact Jeffrey Zimmer, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Propulsion Branch, ANE-171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York; 516/228-7306, fax 516/794-5531.
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