The CAA will issue a continuing airworthiness notice (CAN) to bring industry attention to an issue which does not necessarily meet the threshold of an ‘unsafe condition’ – which would warrant an airworthiness directive (AD). A CAN alerts, educates, recommends and guides, however compliance with the details of a CAN is not mandatory.

List of CANs on the CAA website as at 28 June 2021 [XLSX 38 KB]

If you have any questions or queries about CANs, email airworthinessdirectives@caa.govt.nz.

Latest continuing airworthiness notices

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to bring attention to two defect reports submitted to the CAA for Cessna 208B aircraft. The first report is about finding severely corroded and cracked elevator torque tubes on a Cessna 208B, and the second report is about finding a corroded rudder torque tube assembly on another Cessna 208B aircraft.

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice is revised to issue 2 to advise operators and maintainers that the Type Certificates previously held by Pacific Aerospace Limited, Hamilton, were transferred from Pacific Aerospace Limited to NZSkydive Limited on 29 November 2021. NZSkydive Limited is trading as Pacific Aerospace.

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is raised to draw operator’s attention to findings with Guimbal Cabri G2 engine control cables, and to Guimbal and Lycoming Instructions for Continuing Airworthiness (ICA) requirements pertaining to engine control cables.

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to advise operators and maintainers that ASTM has revised ASTM E1417 applicable to the Standard Practice for Liquid Penetrant Testing.

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to bring attention to a defect reported to the CAA of finding a severely cracked cyclic torque tube with P/N 369H7133-7 on a Hughes 369E (MD500E) helicopter. Investigation to date has revealed a spiral crack around the circumference of the cast tube that initiated from the casting hole with a small crack also found at the opposite side of the casting hole. Refer to the photo on page 2 of the CAN for further detail of the location of the crack found in the torque tube with P/N 369H7133-7.

The purpose of this Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is to inform aircraft operators and maintenance providers that the CAA recently became aware of a clutch assembly defect (i.e. spalling damage to a C166-5 shaft). There have been several mid-life sprag failures in R44 helicopters over the past 15 years. In response to these failures the CAA issued DCA/R44/23B to inspect the clutch oil for contamination every 500 hours TIS. The damaged shaft was not found as a result of an inspection in accordance with DCA/R44/23B and there were no sprags found damaged or broken.

The purpose of this Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is to alert operators and maintainers of the importance of accomplishing a thorough inspection of the flap supports and rollers bearings for wear and corrosion. Service experience indicates the possibility of flap support wear by the flap roller bearings. Failure to accomplish a thorough inspection of the flap supports and roller bearings could result in damage to the flap supports, restriction of flap free movement, and a possible flap asymmetric condition.

The purpose of this Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is to advise operators and maintainers of Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters of a possible safety issue with the main rotor pitch link assemblies. This CAN is re-issued at revision 1 to raise awareness of the instructions in Guimbal SB 21-006B, which provides inspections and preventative maintenance actions related to the safety concern identified in this CAN.

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to bring attention to an issue reported to the CAA recently, where MS21042L3 nuts appeared to lose their self-locking function during installation.

This CAN is prompted by CAA awareness of several cargo hooks in New Zealand being damaged due to torsional loads. Loads attached to a cargo hook with a spreader bar (e.g. a fertilizer bucket) may cause the cargo hook to be subjected to high torsional loads which can damage the cargo hook. To ensure continued airworthiness of the hook, additional inspections, certain on-condition repairs, and/or appropriate replacement actions have been added to the manufacturers CMM. Refer to Onboard Systems CMM 122-015-00 for the new/additional inspections required for cargo hooks used for torsional load applications.

This Continuing Airworthiness Notice (CAN) is issued to advise users of the above mentioned Garmin GTN Xi products that these units are sending erroneous ADS-B OUT data. This issue is described in Garmin Service Advisory 20140 revision B, dated 12 January 2021.