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Going Direct: Old Planes, An Update

The news on the FAA’s final AD on PA-28s and PA-32s could be costly. Here’s why it’s a no-brainer, though.

Old Planes

I wrote a piece recently entitled “The Glorious Insanity of Airplane Ownership,” and this week the “insanity” has reared its ugly head in the form of required inspections and perhaps repairs to thousands of Piper PA-28s and PA-32s.

The sense of urgency about this one is understandable. It was undertaken in response to what the NTSB found as it was investigating the crash of a Piper PA-28 Arrow when one of the plane’s wings came off in flight in Florida in April of 2018, while the pilot was on a commercial checkride with an examiner. Both were killed in the crash.

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