After the FAA issued an airworthiness directive (AD) in March to limit the life of exhaust v-band clamps on Bonanzas and require repetitive inspections, some A36TC and B36TC models with the affected parts have been grounded because Textron Aviation does not have the required replacement parts in stock.
The AD was issued because of a “fatal accident in which the exhaust tailpipe fell off an aircraft during takeoff,” AOPA previously reported. The AD required the v-band clamps be replaced at least every 500 hours of time in service after the initial replacement.
The global alternative means of compliance lists the new part numbers that are acceptable to be installed on to A36TC, B36TC, V35TC, V35A-TC and V35B-TC aircraft.
On July 13, the FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin to inform the pilot community of the availability of the alternative means of compliance.