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Attention Phenom 300 Operators: Flight Control Trim Tab Inspections

Flight Control Trim Tab Inspections
Flight Control Trim Tab Inspections
Rudder Trim Tab

Rudder Trim Tab

Aileron Trim Tab

Aileron Trim Tab

Embraer has recently issued a Notice Letter regarding an inspection of the flight control trim tab piano hinges on the Phenom 300.  This includes the aileron, rudder, and both elevator trim tabs.  The Notice Letter is NL505-27-0002 issued 9/30/2022.  It is highly recommended that all the affected airplanes consider performing the Aileron, Rudder, and Elevator backlash inspections per SB505-27-0032 within the next 50 flight hours or 60 days.

The Notice Letter states that the affected airplanes are suffering premature wear of the piano hinge.  If it is necessary to replace the tab surface and main surface hinge and pin, painting and surface static balancing will be required.  West Star Aviation can handle all of this as an Embraer Authorized Service Center.

The parts in the Service Bulletin kit will be provided at no charge.

The labor to incorporate the Service Bulletin on your airplane will be covered by Embraer.

The warranty coverage will be valid for 3 months after the Service Bulletin issue date.  Warranty coverage expires December 29, 2022, so it is recommended that you schedule this inspection with West Star Aviation as soon as possible to ensure an input date within the coverage period.

This initial inspection will take one day.  If the hinges need replacement and paint, those repairs will take approximately one week.  Inspection and repair can be completed at any of our four full-service locations in East Alton, IL (ALN); Grand Junction, CO (GJT); Chattanooga, TN (CHA) and Perryville, MO (PCD).

The Model:  EMB 505 Phenom 300
The Serial Numbers affected:  

  • 50500597 thru 50500599
  • 50500601 thru 50500614
  • 50500617 thru 50500620
  • 50500623
  • 50500624
  • 50500626 thru 50500632

For more information on this Notice Letter and related Service Bulletin, or any of our other Embraer Phenom 300 capabilities, please contact one of the specialists below:

Joe Carr

Joe Carr

Technical Sales Manager Embraer
Office 970.248.5279

Kevin Hand

Kevin Hand

Embraer / Textron Technical Sales
Office 618.258.4779

Connor Mottice

Conner Mottice

Technical Sales Manager
Office: 423.417.2925

Jeff Messmer

Jeff Messmer

Technical Sales Manager
Cell 314.607.4069

Larry Marler

Larry Marler

Technical Sales Manager
Office 423.598.1578

Mike Forehand

Michael Forehand

Embraer Program Manager
Office 618.258.8863

Mark Crotty

Mark Crotty

Embraer Program Manager
Office 618.390.1114

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