FAA Seeks Public Input on T-34 Solution

    In their investigation surrounding what contributed to a fatal accident of a Beech T-34A airplane on December 7, near Montgomery, Texas, FAA has issued an Airworthiness Concern Sheet asking for assistance in finding a long-term airworthiness solution for the type. FAA seeks input from industry type club organizations, owners/operators, and the manufacturer for all Raytheon Aircraft Company (Raytheon) Beech Models 45 (YT-34), A45 (T-34A, B-45), and D45 (T-34B) airplanes, as well as T-34 AMOC holders “to help in the long-term airworthiness solution for the safety and continued airworthiness of these airplanes.”

    The ACS includes a form with the following information requested:

    1. Model, serial number, total hours, time-in-service (TIS).
    2. Other modifications (such as engine changes)
    3. Type and frequency of Inspection Program (Results of inspections)
    4. Type of operation and number of hours
    5. Replacement/repair history of airplane structural members for other than accident/incident damage (Frequency, reason for replacement/repair etc.)
    6. History of replacement/repair parts that were replaced/repaired due to age, corrosion, wear, overload or possibly fatigue
    7. Any special inspections and frequency that you have learned of/developed over the years

    EAA, the Vintage Aircraft Association and the EAA Warbirds of America are asking that you submit your comments, and the form, on this ACS, including recommendations to restore or continue airworthy conditions of the T-34, to the EAA Government Relations office. We will then consolidate all comments and submit them to the FAA by the January 10, 2005 deadline.

    Submit your comments to EAA via U.S. mail:
    EAA Government Relations Department
    PO Box 3086
    Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086
    You can also fax comments at 920-426-6560, or e-mail to



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