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  • Slick recalls All 4300 and 4700 SeriesMagneto Distributor Gears

    I don't see how originally the continental mags are not affected...but its a lycoming service bulletin that recalls all of the mags with copper electrodes beyond what is in the SB, so I am assuming that all mags need to be pulled and inspected if they were built within the date period based on the new SB. SAN DIEGO, Dec. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 12, 2018, Champion Aerospace released a revised version of Slick Service Bulletin SB1-15 (entitled SB1-15A) recalling all 4300 and 4700 series Slick magneto distributor gears it manufactured with copper electrodes over eight years from September 26, 2008, through September 1, 2016. Champion identified a condition in distributor gears causing loosening of the copper electrode.
    The release comes just 11 days after the deposition of Champion's President was taken in a product liability lawsuit alleging that a defective distributor gear in a Champion Slick 4370 magneto caused a 2015 crash that killed two men. The consolidated lawsuits are pending in State Court in San Diego County under the master case entitled Carolyn Sarrisin, et al. v. Volar Corporation, et al., Case No. 37-2016-00019527-CU-PO-CTL. Attorney Craig McClellan represents the wife of the flight instructor, Robert Sarrisin, and Attorney Robert Vaage represents heirs of the student pilot, Jeffrey Johnson, who were both killed in the crash.
    The original release of the service bulletin (entitled SB1-15) on July 2, 2015, was limited to only those 4300 and 4700 Series Slick magneto distributor gears manufactured from November 1, 2013, through July 10, 2014. Champion had received reports of alleged defective magnetos with loose distributor gear electrodes that fell outside the 2015 service bulletin serial number range before the bulletin was issued. Champion ultimately changed the distributor gear electrode from copper to Monel in August 2016 but did not issue a new service bulletin until November 2018.
    Although there is evidence that loose copper electrodes in these distributor gears can cause a loss of engine power, Champion has not warned the public of that risk. Attorneys Vaage and McClellan urge owners, mechanics, distributors and aviation parts stores to review the revised service bulletin and check their engines and inventory.

    SOURCE Law Offices of Robert Vaage

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  • astjp2
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    Originally posted by M Towsley View Post
    Tim, perhaps a silly question, but I take it Champion will not pay for removal/installation, etc. I see you have to send and pay for shipping.
    Well they didnt pay to fix the points and brush problem 10 years ago either, but you could always sue them to collect...or their maybe a class action suit if enough people have bad parts in their mags and report it to the FAA to get it made into an AD... which maybe enough to get them to pay. It did kill 2 people. Tim

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  • astjp2
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    Originally posted by SpecialT View Post
    Do you think this Bulletin applies to the Kelly Aerospace rebuilt unit I just installed in my Tcart?
    Kelly aerospace uses their own PMA'd parts but I would not be 100% sure unless I pulled them, they may not have replaced the rotors from when they were new.

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  • M Towsley
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    Tim, perhaps a silly question, but I take it Champion will not pay for removal/installation, etc. I see you have to send and pay for shipping.

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  • SpecialT
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    Do you think this Bulletin applies to the Kelly Aerospace rebuilt unit I just installed in my Tcart?

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  • astjp2
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    Well I will pull my magnetos and if they have bad rotors, they will get sent back to champion...I got caught up in the points and brush fiasco of 2008 on the same mags...

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  • Scott
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    Have to admit I find the wording in the SB confusing. After reading it several times, specifically the models affected section, I read that it applies to mags in the S/N range and any others (of the P/N listed) that have had replacement rotors installed. Is that how you interpret it?

    Seems to me that unless you know for certain a mag has the monel electrode, it needs to be removed and dismantled to confirm.

    My 172 engine was overhauled in 2010, guess I better order some gaskets.

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  • astjp2
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    Its not an AD, its a service bulletin that started with lycoming, but because of a lawsuit in California, all 4 cylinder mags have been included into a Slick SB
    here is original https://www.lycoming.com/sites/defau...B622_small.pdf

    Reminds me of the service bulletin that came out about points and rotor brush erosion, in 2008, if you had an intermittant problem within 125 hours of new or replacement parts, you had a problem. No one got killed so no AD


    outsourcing and the buyout of slick by champion is the cause of most of their problems...
    Last edited by astjp2; 12-05-2018, 15:56.

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  • Mark Bowden
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    It seems that this AD only applies to factory new mags of the affected dates produced.

    Why would it not also apply to overhauled mags by a repair station or any A&P that used repair/rebuild/overhaul parts from this time period? And worldwide?
    Last edited by Mark Bowden; 12-05-2018, 13:47. Reason: typo

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