GRUMMAN OWNERS & PILOTS ASSOCIATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!
FAA Proposed AD re: delamination issues
Great News: Due to all the supportive submissions, which helped to document why the proposed AD was costly, largely unnecessary and would not contribute to the overall safety of the fleet, the FAA has just announced that they are not pursuing the AD that would require annual tap testing of the seams on all models of the Grumman Light Aircraft to determine if debonding issues were present.
During the comment period of the AD, GOPA took the lead in asking our Technical Director, John Cotter, to work up a submission detailing why this AD was unnecessary due to the fact that detailed descriptions of performing a tap test for delamination already existed in our Grumman maintenance manuals.
Many, many thanks to John Cotter for his incredible detailed and accurate submission on behalf of the Grumman Owners & Pilots Association, thanks also to AOPA, Fortnight Aviation Maintenance, Fletchair and to all individual GOPA members and non-members who submitted documentation to the FAA as well.
This is what your Grumman Owners and Pilots Association advocated for, and we are happy to see the FAA agrees.