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AOPA's Pilot Information Center has received several inquiries concerning Airworthiness Directives (ADs) this week. Since this is a recurring topic of inquiry I thought it would be good to open up a topic where it can be discussed and information could be shared. Here's some basic information to start this off:

At the simplest terms an Airworthiness Directive is:

"A regulatory notice sent out by the FAA to the registered owner of an aircraft informing the owner of a ...
Continental 0-470-S engine is nearing time for overhaul. I own a car repair business and we been using a machine shop for decades to overhaul our car engines. Can they do the overhaul or does it have to go to a FAA certified machine shop?
Matt