Chabord exhaust system certified for Cessna 172s

Chabord Exhaust Systems has earned EASA certification for its new stainless steel/Inconel “eco” exhaust system for the Cessna 172R and -S models. The company has filed for reciprocal certification with the FAA, and “we expect no surprises,” according to President Alain Chabord.

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Cessna launches Discover Flying Challenge

Cessna Aircraft Co. has launched its Discover Flying Challenge, challenging aviation students to see who can generate the most awareness and hands-on experience for the company’s Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA), the Skycatcher.

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Hartzell gets nod for Top Prop for Skylanes

Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its new 3-blade Top Prop conversion kit for Cessna Skylane R182, FR182, TR182 and T182 (Lycoming O-540-J3C5D or O-540-L3C5D powered) models.

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Shades of grey

General Aviation News columnist Dan Johnson recently wrote about LSAs vs. Cessna 150s. The post discusses the pros and cons of a new Light-Sport Aircraft versus the venerable Cessna 150. Dan was a long-time 150 owner and is “the man” when it comes to new LSAs, so he’s as much an expert on both — at the same time — that any of us could hope to find.

Suffice it to say, neither a brand-new LSA or a 30-year-old 150 is the perfect airplane for everyone. The comments quickly evolved into most “cost-effective” and most “expensive” arguments. Very black and white, which makes no sense to me.

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Cessna 120-140 Association slates convention

The 37th Annual Convention of the International Cessna 120-140 Association will be held at Ryan Field in Tucson, Ariz., from Oct. 17 through Oct. 21.

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LSAs vs. Cessna 150s

There’s been a lot of debate in the aviation community over the value and challenges of LSA as flight trainers compared to old standards like Cessna 150s. I’d like to weigh in on some the questions being raised.

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Wing spar cap inspections required for C210s

An airworthiness directive (AD) issued May 21 requires one-time inspections of the lower main spar caps on the wings of Cessna 210, P210, and T210 airplanes. According to a report at, the AD calls for either replacement of cracked parts or a to-be-determined FAA-approved modification if cracks are found, as well as reporting of inspection results to the FAA. The AD takes effect June 5 and is expected to affect 3,665 airplanes in the U.S.

Hartzell introduces Top Prop for Skylane

Hartzell Propeller has received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for a 3-bladed propeller conversion kit for the Cessna 182S, 182T Skylane, T182T Skylane TC, up through models in current production.

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Ex-Im Bank approves loan guarantee for Cessna and Bell Helicopter exports

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has approved a guarantee of a $350 million loan to provide the funds to assist Textron Inc. in financing the exports by two of its companies, Cessna Aircraft Co. and Bell Helicopter Textron.

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Cessna suspends Skycatcher sales in Europe

According to a French dealer for Cessna, 80 Skycatcher orders have been cancelled, but Cessna officials in the U.S. say the Wichita giant has just temporarily suspended taking orders for the LSA in Europe.

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