There have been a number of questions that have arisen from this AD as it does/doesn't pertain to the SGS 1-26.
This page is set aside for discussion related to the AD. if you have any comments, suggestions,
or experiences pertaining to this topic, please email them to
me. I will post all relevent items on this page.
I expect that a lot of us have recently received the new AD 97-08-06
regarding the Louis L'Hotellier Ball and Swivel Joint Quick Connectors.
It specifically lists the Schweizer 1-26 and 2-33 as requiring compliance.
I called the FAA action guy, Mr. J. Mike Kiesov and pointed out that neither
glider has any of the offending connectors. He acknowledged that to be true but said
"this is to cover them IF THEY HAVE BEEN FIELD MODIFIED TO INCLUDE SUCH CONNECTORS" !!!!!
I asked him if we need a log book entry to certify that the aircraft has been
inspected and is found to not have such connectors.
He said :"NO LOG BOOK ENTRY REQUIRED".
He ended up apologizing profusely for including our aircraft, stated that he
will take action to notify the SSA and the 1-26 Association that the AD does
not apply. I asked if they are going to issue a correction---the answer NO! It seems
that would cause major administrative problems at their office.
He also said that if any A&P/AI gave anyone a problem about the need for a
log book entry at annual inspection time quote "HAVE THEM CALL ME" unquote.
There is an AD out on the L'Hotellier Fittings. The FAA issued it as
being applicable to our fine birds. I called them yesterday. I got the
feeling that I was not the only 1-26er that called them. He said the
critical words "If installed" were not in the AD. Apparently for us, the
compliance method is to have a logbook entry to the effect that the AD does
not apply. The FAA guy said a letter would be sent to the SSA.
The AD is not applicable to Schweizer. If it is not applicable, no action is
required. If anyone wants to be sure they wont be hasseled they need only to
have the AI enter not applicable during the next annual.