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IAR Brasov Life Limit - update
Back in 1997, IAR-Brasov issued a service bulletin (ER-24) extending the life of the IS-28B2 2-place Lark glider from 20 to 29 or possibly 35 years. Many of those aircraft are now reaching the 35 year limit. Last year the current type certificate holder, S.C. Constructii Aeronautice S.A (Romania) indicated that they were working on extending the life limit (Service Life Extension Program – SLEP) for these aircraft beyond 35 years and would be submitting it to EASA and the FAA. Since then there has been no further contact with the public on this issue.
The SSA asked the FAA to obtain a status of the proposed SLEP and the FAA has forwarded the following message from EASA:
"We could get in contact with the CAA Romania today and I regret having to confirm that the TC-holder is in the process of bankruptcy. However there is a limited change that another company takes over the TCs. We have no unsafe condition pending thus we will wait some time in order to give the insolvency trustee a chance before we consider the aircrafts to be orphan."
We will pass on additional information as it becomes available.