October 2012

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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Flightline FAA Issues Emergency AD for Some Rotax 912 Engines The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive affecting certain Rotax 912 series engines. The AD requires that the pressure side fuel hose be replaced on fuel pumps with the following serial numbers: 11.3117 through 11.3325 inclusive 11.4036 through 11.4355 inclusive 11.4516 through 11.4595 inclusive 12.0251 through 12.0270 inclusive. An AD from the European Aviation Safety Agency indi- cates that the pressure side fuel hose on these pumps may not be manufactured to full fuel-resistant standards, which could result in the degradation of the interior of the hose and result in debris fouling the fuel system. The AD became effective on September 10. Affected owners have five flight hours from that date to make the prescribed repairs. EAA advises owners of Rotax 912-powered aircraft, both type certificated and non-type certificated, to check the AD to determine if their engine is among those affected. For more infor- mation, EAA members may call EAA Aviation Services at 920-426-5912. PRA Joins FAA FAASTeam to Represent Light Rotorcraft and Experimental Aircraft The FAA and the Popular Rotorcraft Association (PRA) signed a letter of understanding creating a high-level relationship between the two organi- zations. This agreement establishes offi cial contacts between the FAA and PRA to share national media re- sources, develop safety training, and exchange safety materials between both organizations. Established 50 years ago, the PRA is the only major U.S. organization rep- resenting personal rotorcraft such as light-sport experimental amateur-built, ultralight, and certifi cated rotorcraft. The PRA has already created the fi rst WINGS safety presentations to contain specifi c information about how GA aircraft can safely interact with light rotorcraft operations. Through the FAASTeam Industry membership, the PRA will be able to not only create more safety programs but also make these programs nationally available. PRA Offi cers and Board of Directors strongly urge all personal rotorcraft owners, pilots, and student pilots to join the WINGS and FAASTeam programs (www.FAAsafety.gov). EAA EXPERIMENTER 9

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