Cessna 414A grounded by FAA...NEED HELP

Cessna 414A grounded by FAA...NEED HELP

I own a Cessna 414A model and was ramp checked two days ago at the local airport. My airplane just went through an extensive annual, but the FAA inspector found two items which he found to be unairworthy and grounded my airplane. Like a lot of Cessna 400 series aircraft, the fiberglass/plastic wingtips are cracked. The airplane has been like this for many years and every mechanic has found it to be airworthy. There is nothing in the Cessna manuals to repair plastic and new ones are special order only and take 9 weeks to get made. Has anyone had this problem and had them fixed? Any thoughts on how I can have them repaired in compliance with the FAA? Please any help or suggestions!

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Re: Cessna 414A grounded by FAA...NEED HELP

Zach,
You should be able to take them to an auto-body shop that's familiar working with fiberglass and have them repaired and painted.
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They are not fiberglass, but that crappy polycarbonate stuff. Hard to get anything to stick to it. I would try one of the used parts places like "Preferred Airparts" ( no financial connection) they often buy "old" stock inventories, as well as part out airframes. Also, get your shop to query "partsbase" or other inventory locator services. Most large shops have a subscription to one or the other. You will need a p/n. This same tip is used on the 402C, the 421C, as well as the 414A aircraft. You may be able to but the whole wingtip, not just the little cap part.

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