EAA Warbirds of America Helps Fund T-34 Engineering Study
Critical data could lead to fewer restrictions
EAA Warbirds of America is helping to fund a T-34 Association engineering study of the T-34 aircraft that will yield critical data to the FAA that could help keep them flying safely, with fewer restrictions, for years to come. The board approved a $1,000 contribution at its summer meeting. Many T-34 owners have also provided individual contributions to the fund.
“We applaud the efforts of the T-34 Association,” said Mike Schloss, president of EAA Warbirds of America. “Unfortunately these kinds of problems are going become increasingly important to the warbird community and an increasing area of scrutiny by the FAA. This engineering study is critical to the continued safe operation of the T-34 fleet and sets an important precedent for dealing with other ‘aging aircraft issues’ in the future. We enthusiastically support any effort to ‘Keep ’em Flying.’”
The type’s plight began on December 10 when the FAA grounded the entire T-34 fleet pre-existing fatigue cracks were found in the center section of an aircraft that crashed on December 7. “We have been very busy trying to substantiate engineering data to get them back in the air,” said Jud Nogle of the T-34 association. “We have obtained a temporary AMOC (alternative means of compliance), which allows the fleet to fly for 240 hours and with flight restrictions.”
Working with the association’s engineers and the FAA, Nogle adds that they hope to develop a long-term solution that will maintain “a high level of safety while returning to or near our original flight limitations.”
For more information on the T-34 engineering fund, contact Nogle at the T-34 Association, Inc., 217/253-4342. Outright donations can be made to the association at 880 N. County Rd. 900 E., Tuscola, IL 61953. The T-34 Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and your contributions may be tax deductible.