Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cessna Adds Inspections For Aging Aircraft

Re printed for AVweb...

December 4, 2011
By Mary Grady,
Contributing editor

Cessna has launched an initiative to educate owners about new required inspections for the 145,000 single-engine aircraft in the 100- and 200-series that were built between 1946 and 1986. The supplemental procedures will be added into the service manuals this month for aircraft in the 100 series and in April for the 200 series. The added inspections mainly require checks of areas where corrosion and fatigue damage can occur. "The new inspection requirements we've developed are very simple, and are based on visual inspection that can be done quickly by a trained inspector during an annual inspection," said Beth Gamble, Cessna's principal engineer for airframe structures.

"Corrosion and fatigue are inevitable," Gamble said, "but with early detection and proper maintenance, severity and effects can be minimized." Cessna has published a PowerPoint presentation -- download the .ZIP file here -- and a short video to provide more details about the process for owners. The older Cessnas may be gaining popularity soon if a proposal by AOPA and EAA makes headway. The groups plan to ask the FAA to allow pilots to fly many of the older airplanes, if they have fixed gear and 180 hp or less, without a 3rd class medical.

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The Boat Show, the Boat Show, the Big Seattle Boat Show is just around the corner!

The 65th Annual Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, takes place Friday, January 27 – Sunday, February 5 at CenturyLink Field and on South Lake Union. Tickets are now on sale at
If you purchase tickets ahead of time online, you will receive $20 off a $100 purchase in sporting goods at Fred Meyer, a free cup of clam chowder from FX McRory’s restaurant, and a free one-year subscription to a boating magazine of your choice. All for just $12, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer! Or if you expect to go more than one day, the 5-day Big Show Pass is only $24.
More than 400 exhibitors are preparing for the show, including dealers representing nearly 200 boat brands. And with 75% of the exhibitors offering accessories and services, there’s something for every boater. Whatever floats your boat, you can learn about the newest electronics and latest technologies, shop for a haul out, buy a wakeboard, fishing rod or crab pot, find a new marina, plan your summer cruise or sign the kids up for sailing lessons. The options are endless.
Find us on Facebook ( where we’re giving away a $50 shopping spree to the show every week until opening night, plus a $500 grand prize just before the show!
Boaters from 40+ different states, Canada, and as far away as Dubai traveled to attend the Seattle Boat Show last year. If you’re traveling from outside the region, discount deals from nearby hotels are available online at
I hope to see you at the Show. Between now and then I will keep you posted as new information is available including the biggest selection of seminars (200+) at any boat show in America. The Seattle Boat Show is presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program.
Happy Holidays,
George Harris
Seattle Boat Show

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Next Generation Teaching Aids

As we started to teach Zach about insurance, we discovered that terms translate differently to his generation.  That said, when we think of the term peril (a cause of loss (i.e. fire, lighting, theft, etc.)...Zach thinks of..........
I guess everyone needs comprehensive coverage!!!!