Emergency AD for recently produced Cessna Models: 172R, 172S, 182T, and T182T

Emergency AD for recently produced Cessna Models: 172R, 172S, 182T, and T182T

EMERGENCY AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE
Aircraft Certification Service
Washington, DC
U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Aviation
Administration

DATE: March 5, 2005
AD #: 2005-05-53 R1
Send to owners and operators of the following The Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna)
airplanes:
Model Serial Numbers
172R 17281234 through 17281236.
172S 172S9774 through 172S9776, 172S9778 through 172S9781, 172S9783,
172S9784, 172S9786, 172S9788 through 172S9791, and 172S9793.
182T 18281522 through 18281525, and 18281537.
T182T T18208353 through T18208365, T18208367 through T18208369,
T18208371, and T18208372.

Discussion
What events caused this AD action? The FAA has been notified that inadequate or incorrect flight
controls rigging may exist on recently produced Cessna Models 172R, 172S, 182T, and T182T airplanes. The following issues were identified through Cessna’s inspection of airplanes still at their production facility:
• Two airplanes with ailerons not engaging the upper stops and one with a flap push/pull rod missing the nut on the bolt.
• Elevator cables chafing fuel lines near the fuel selector, which caused damage to the fuel lines.
• Elevator trim cables routed outside the cotter pins in the horizontal stabilizer.
• Elevator trim cables crossed twice (trim functioned correctly in flight).
• Control cables rubbing structures such as bulkheads and center consoles.
• Aileron bell crank adjustment screw interference with stringer.
• Barrels on control cables not safety pinned or incorrectly pinned.
• Control cables routed outside of pulleys.
• A bent flap bell crank.

The FAA’s Determination:
After careful review of all available information related to the subject presented above, FAA has
determined that:
• Operation of the affected Models 172R, 172S, 182T, and T182T airplanes should be prohibited
until all the flight control systems are inspected and any discrepancies corrected; and
• AD action should be taken to prevent loss of airplane control due to incorrect or inadequate
rigging of critical flight systems.
Consequently, we issued emergency AD 2005-05-53 on March 4, 2005, to require a one-time detailed
inspection of the flight control system, correction of installations that do not conform to type design,
and repair of any damage.
The serial number designations included in AD 2005-05-53 were incorrect. We are revising AD 2005-
05-53 to correct the serial numbers in the AD.
Presentation of the Actual AD
This rule is issued under 49 U.S.C. Section 44701 (formerly section 601 of the Federal Aviation Act of
1958), pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, and is effective immediately
upon receipt of this action.

2005-05-53 R1 THE CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY: Directorate Identifier
2005-CE-10-AD.

When Does This AD Become Effective?
(a) This emergency AD becomes effective upon receipt.
Are Any Other ADs Affected By This Action?
(b) This action does not affect any other airworthiness directive.
What Airplanes Are Affected by This AD?
(c) This AD affects the following airplanes that are certificated in any category:
Model Serial Numbers
172R 17281234 through 17281236.
172S 172S9774 through 172S9776, 172S9778 through 172S9781, 172S9783,
172S9784, 172S9786, 172S9788 through 172S9791, and 172S9793.
182T 18281522 through 18281525, and 18281537.
T182T T18208353 through T18208365, T18208367 through T18208369,
T18208371, and T18208372.
What is the Unsafe Condition Presented in This AD?
(d) This AD is the result of flight control system problems found on airplanes within Cessna’s
control that could also exist on airplanes produced and delivered within a certain time period. We are
issuing this AD to prevent loss of airplane control due to incorrect or inadequate rigging of critical
flight systems. Airplanes affected by this AD may have additional flight control issues beyond those
listed in “What events caused this AD action?”

What Must I do to Address This Problem?
(e) The following specifies action you must do per this AD and other pertinent information to address this problem:
Actions Compliance Procedures
(1) Do a one-time detailed inspection of
the flight control system, correct installations that do
not conform to type design, and repair any
damage.
Prior to further flight after the receipt of this
emergency AD.
Follow Chapter 5 TIME LIMITS/
MAINTENANCE CHECKS of whichever of the following
applies:
• Model 172 Maintenance Manual using the List of
Effective Pages, dated June 7, 2004.
• Model 182/T182 Maintenance Manual using
the List of Effective Pages, dated March 1, 2004.
(2) Special flight permits or positioning
flights are not permitted for this AD.
Not applicable. 14 CFR 39.19 allows special flight
permits for all ADs, unless specifically prohibited in a specific AD. This emergency AD prohibits such flight permits. If an aircraft is in a location where necessary
services are not available to perform the inspections identified above, contact Cessna Product Support at (316) 517-5800.

May I Request an Alternative Method of Compliance?
(f) You may request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this
AD by following the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. You may submit your request through your Flight
Standards District Office (FSDO) Principal Inspector, who may add comments and then send your
request to the Manager, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA.

For information on any already approved alternative methods of compliance or for further information about this AD, contact
Chris B. Morgan, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Wichita ACO, 1801 Airport Road, Mid-Continent
Airport, Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946-4154; facsimile: (316) 946-4107; e-mail:
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Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 5, 2005.

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