FAA Publishes UPN Against Cessna Aileron Cables

In what is likely the last UPN of 2014, the FAA has published an Unapproved Parts Notice addressing certain Cessna Aircraft Model 560XLS Aileron Cables.

The UPN alleges that Cessna sold these cables as good parts, but that the FAA’s investigation has revealed that they do not meet the FAA approved type design.  The UPN does not explain how the articles fail to meet type design.

The affected articles are those Aileron Cables identified as part number 6660002-14 and marked with Cessna production work order number 23449052.

The FAA has not issued an airworthiness directive, and it is unclear whether one will be issued.  But in the past, the FAA has decided that other aileron cable issues did not warrant an airworthiness directive.

Nonetheless, distributors with these parts in their inventory have been advised by the FAA to quarantine them to prevent installation until a determination can be made regarding their origin and eligibility for installation.

The UPN originated in the Wichita FSDO.  Questions about it can be directed there at telephone number (316) 946-4179.

About Jason Dickstein
Mr. Dickstein is the President of the Washington Aviation Group, a Washington, DC-based aviation law firm. He represents several aviation trade associations, including the Aviation Suppliers Association, the Aircraft Electronics Association, the Air Carrier Purchasing Conference, and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association. He also represents private clients drawn from the spectrum of the aviation industry.

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