The FAA has issued a final airworthiness directive requiring owners of Cessna 150s and 152s to either install placards in their airplanes prohibiting spins and other aerobatic maneuvers or replace some parts of the rudder, which would cost about $500. The directive would affect about 17,000 owners of the airplanes, and groups including the AOPA have come out strongly against it: "AOPA opposes this (directive). We recommended in 2007 that the FAA issue a special airworthiness information bulletin for a one-time inspection of the rudder area. This would allow the aircraft owner or a mechanic to check to make sure the rudder parts are installed correctly," said Craig Spence, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs.

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