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CASA approves Australian supplemental type certificate for Cessna Conquest.


The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority announced today its approval of a programme to extend the life span of Cessna 441 Conquest aircraft.

An Australian supplemental type certificate for the Cessna Conquest has been approved which will allow the aircraft to operate for up to 40,000 hours of flying time, almost doubling the service limit set by the manufacturer in 2007 of 22,500 hours.

Australian aerospace engineering company TAE began working on a life extension programme for the aircraft in 2008, the result of which was the development of a programme of major modifications to be made to the Conquest when it reaches 22,500 hours of flying time.

The programme includes replacing major structural elements such as fuselage frames, reinforcement of other components and external straps to spread loads and provide redundant load paths, as well as a new rigorous maintenance programme developed using modern damage tolerance philosophies.

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Date:Aug 25, 2010
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