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Old 02-23-2023, 10:38 AM
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I asked Van's about going in via the tooling holes in the HS-305 rib to save interfering with the tip fairings, and they have issued a supplemental approval for -3B.

Inspected one of my -3's yesterday. 2004 3B 680hours, lots of aeros, shop heads on spar. No cracks.
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Old 02-24-2023, 11:11 AM
Richard RG Richard RG is offline
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Unhappy Replace spar

An update regarding the cracks discovered after inspection for SB-00036. An email enquiry was sent to Vans, including the same two photos from my previous posts.
The response was the spar is needing to be replaced, as well as installing
SB-00036-kit3. New hinge brackets.
It was noted in the response from Vans that the crack extended into the radius of the spar, therefore the spar required replacement and grounding the plane.
Fortunately, the plan had been to replace the spar anyways, with the spar having been ordered prior to the sad news from Vans.
The SB-00036-kit3 isn't currently available, but should be available in the upcoming couple of weeks.
Someone more observant than myself pointed out that the smokier of the two rivets had two additional tiny cracks to the left of the rivet, that I missed.
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