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AD/GA200/1 - Wing Strut Bolt

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For the reasons set out in the background section, the CASA delegate whose signature appears below issues the following Airworthiness Directive (AD) under subregulation 39.001(1) of CASR 1998.  The AD requires that the action set out in the requirement section (being action that the delegate considers necessary to correct the unsafe condition) be taken in relation to the aircraft or aeronautical product mentioned in the applicability section: (a) in the circumstances mentioned in the requirement section; and (b) in accordance with the instructions set out in the requirement section; and (c) at the time mentioned in the compliance section.
GippsAero GA200 Series Aeroplanes
Wing Strut Bolt
All GA200 and GA200C aircraft, all serial numbers.

Carry out the requirements of GippsAero service bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08
Issue 1, dated 22 August 2012 or later approved revision.

Carry out the requirements of the service bulletin within 10 flight hours and thereafter every 100 flight hours.

This Airworthiness Directive becomes effective on 24 August 2012.

As a result of a reported case of failure of the strut bolt through the main spar on a GA200C aircraft, GippsAero has issued a mandatory service bulletin to alert operators and maintenance organisations and to provide inspection and rectification actions.
This Airworthiness Directive makes this inspection and rectification action mandatory.  Failure to complete the actions required by this service bulletin may result in wing strut bolt failure, resulting in wing structural failure.

Due to the nature of the unsafe condition, a formal consultation process was not possible prior to this AD being published.  As such interested parties are invited to comment on this AD before 24 September 2012.
Enquiries/Feedback regarding this AD should be referred to the AD Cell, email

Rick Leeds
Delegate of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority
23 August 2012