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FAA issues AD re DHC-8-400 to reduce life limits of certain parts
Last updated: 22 October 2014

published: 07 JUN 2005
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This AD requires revising the Airworthiness Limitation section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness of the Dash 8 400 Series (Bombardier) Maintenance Requirements Manual to reduce the life limits of the main landing gear (MLG) orifice support tube, upper bearing, and piston plug; and to reduce the threshold for initiating repetitive detailed inspections for cracking of the engine isolator brackets. This AD is prompted by the discovery of fatigue failures, during type certification fatigue testing, at the engine isolator bracket and at the orifice support tube, upper bearing, and piston plug in the shock strut assembly of the MLG, which are principal structural elements. We are issuing this AD to prevent the development of cracks in these principal structural elements, which could reduce the structural integrity of the engine installation and the MLG. Reduced structural integrity of the engine installation could result in separation of the engine from the airplane, and reduced structural integrity of the MLG could result in collapse of the MLG. (FAA)

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