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    Fire Hazard in Resetting Circuit Breakers

    Notice Number: NOTC2079

    SPECIAL AIRWORTHINESS INFORMATION BULLETIN

    A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) CE-10-11 advising pilots, owners, operators, and maintenance personnel of potential hazards of resetting an opened circuit breaker on General Aviation aircraft was published on December 23, 2009, and can be found at https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2009/Dec/SAIB_CE-10-11.pdf or at http://rgl.faa.gov.

    SUBJECT: Electrical: Fire Hazard in Resetting Circuit Breakers (C/Bs)
    Date:
    December 23, 2009
    This is information only. Recommendations aren’t mandatory.
    Introduction

    This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advises pilots, owners, maintenance
    personnel, and operators of an airworthiness concern on all 14 CFR, part 23/Civil Air Regulations
    (CAR 3) airplanes. It gives best practices regarding tripped circuit breakers (C/B), inspection and
    maintenance of systems, and aging wires. There is a potential hazard when resetting an opened
    circuit breaker.
    At this time, this airworthiness concern is not considered an unsafe condition that would warrant an airworthiness directive action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), part 39. (Read more)

    This SAIB also gives in-flight recommendations and best practices regarding tripped circuit breakers, inspection and maintenance of systems, and aging wires.

    For Further Information Contact:

    Leslie B. Taylor, Aerospace Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust Street, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone: (816) 329-4134; fax: (816) 329-4090; e-mail: leslie.b.taylor@faa.gov.

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