Thursday March 13, 07:10 PM
Light planes grounded over safety concerns
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has grounded up to 3,000 small planes until they are inspected for the risk of engine failure.
The authority says it is responding to an urgent directive put out in the United States last night to ground and inspect a range of piston-engine planes because of safety concerns.
A spokesman says up to 3,000 small planes with between four and 10 seats will be grounded around Australia tonight and will not be able to be flown until they have been inspected.
He says the problem is a faulty gasket which could lead to engine failure.
"The advice we got from the United States was that this is a very serious problem," he said.
"Aircraft should not be allowed to fly until they've been inspected and that's what we've mandated.
"The risk is an engine failure in flight and that's obviously too big a risk to take."
He says 18 incidents of engine failure have been reported in the United States.
The spokesman says a small number of the planes are used by charter passenger services and regional airlines.
He says no large commercial arlines have been affected.
We received a phone call from Brian Seedles yesterday saying that our new R44 must NOT be flown until an AD has been carried out. They are going to LPL today to do it for us. Not sure what it is all about but think it is the fuel pump. Anyone else had this problem?
Helicopter is just 12 months old 191 hrs. Also we have to pick up the tab!!!
Seems odd that it is not a warranty job.