Glasair Aviation has issued a service bulletin requiring inspection of the jam nuts in the horizontal stabilizer.
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SUBJECT: HORIZONTAL ALIGNMENT PIN NUT
APPLICABILITY: Sportsman Pre-Built Horizontal Stabilizer and Two Weeks to Taxi Aircraft shipped between August 2012 and April 2014
Date: May 5, 2014
DISCUSSION: There may be some Pre-Built Horizontal Stabilizers that have AN315-6R Jam Nuts installed instead of AN365-624A Nuts.
REQUIRED ACTION: Before your next flight, remove Horizontal Stabilizer and check the nut that holds the Horizontal Alignment Pin. If the nuts and washers are not AN365-624A self-locking nuts and AN960D616 washers, then contact the Glasair Aviation parts department at: email@example.com or 360-435-8533 X 221 and order the parts at no charge.
Download SB 71GlaStar/Sportsman Service Bulletin 071 (156 downloads)