Cessna offers single-engine aircraft safety education initiative

Cessna Aircraft has launched an aircraft safety education initiative for owners and operators of 172 and 182 single-engine airplanes.

The training relates to new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures that will be added to Cessna service manuals.

The inspections cover single-engine piston airplanes produced from 1946 and 1986.

Cessna has set up 40-hour training classes in Wichita for mechanics to be trained on non-destructive inspection techniques, such as ultrasound and eddy current.

The techniques will be used to inspect high-time Cessna single-engine airplanes, the company said.

“The intent is to not only teach them what they are looking for, but also how to identify issues that can occur more frequently with older, high-time airframes,” Tom Ronnau, Cessna’s manager of technical service propeller products, said in a statement.

Owners are encouraged to contact a Cessna service affiliate to schedule time to complete the mandatory inspections, Ronnau said.

“The key with these inspections is to identify any serious corrosion or fatigue damage present, and if there is, get the airplane out of service and repaired,” he said in the statement.

The criteria for initial visual inspections will vary by model and aircraft age or hours of operation and will mainly focus on signs of corrosion or structural fatigue damage, the company said.

The inspection requirements are simple and begin with a visual inspection that can be done quickly by a trained inspector during an annual inspection, the company said.