EAA, Warbirds of America Welcome T-34 AMOC

    EAA Warbirds of America Director Jud Nogle, WB 4319, reports that the FAA has approved an Alternate Means of Compliance program (AMOC) for the grounded T-34 fleet. Nogle and the T-34 Association worked diligently to help find a solution to get the fleet back into the air as soon as possible after it was grounded following a mock air combat/upset training accident in Texas last December.

    Nogle said that the new AMOC is a temporary solution that will grant T-34 owners up to 60 hours of flight time with the following restrictions:

    Maximum airspeed of 152 knots
    0/+2.5 Gs
    No aerobatics
    Complete an eddy current inspection of the center section and horizontal stabilizer
    Comply with the previous wing spar AMOC

    Outside of the 60 hours of flight time, the T-34 owner also has been allowed 10 hours of flight time to ferry the aircraft to an approved maintenance facility to conduct the inspections.

    “This is a positive step for the T-34 community,” said EAA Warbirds of America Executive Director Bill Fischer. “It gets the airplanes back in the air with the ability to demonstrate the safety and reliability of the fleet.”

    The decision also includes a special AMOC that will allow Julie Clark, WB 1945, to resume her scheduled air show performances. Clark is scheduled to perform at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2005.

    For more information, visit the T-34 Association website.



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