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CFI and complex aircraft.

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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: CFI and complex aircraft. Reply with quote

Define "old". The Arrow in question was 2007 model. It had somewhere
around 7500 hours on it. Preliminary report indicated metal fatigue of
some sort, but no corrosion. OTOH, I flew last weekend, safety pilot, in
an Archer with similar background but just old enough to have steam
gauges, and 15,000+ hours on it. Prior to my -10, I owned a 1965
aircraft with about 6500 hours on it, prior to that a 1953 aircraft with
maybe 4500 hours.
The biggest problem with the complex requirement is that I think only
the Arrow is being produced these days. Don't know about the C172RG, the
C177RG was discontinued in 1978. The 200 hp Mooney was discontinued in
the 90s. So the majority of aircraft available are at least 30 years old.

On 5/2/2018 8:17 PM, Andy and Jen Johnson wrote:

And he also stated the 10 hours 'complex' was still a rule that hadn't
been changed, but that it was being seriously looked at after the tragic
accident in Florida with an old Arrow being taken on a commercial
checkride and having a wing fall off.

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