In what stands as approximately the 40th airworthiness directive (AD) affecting the Airbus A380, the EASA mandated inspections and possibly repairs on the double-decker’s wing rib feet last Friday after operators found cracks on several aircraft. The AD applies to 20 of the 68 A380s in service.
Wichita-based BCX Software, a recently established electronic data management firm, is developing Airworthiness Management System. AMS is an electronic data-sharing product designed to streamline and standardize the process of complying with FAA requirements for obtaining airworthiness certification.
Hawker Beechcraft’s factory-owned service center in Chester, UK, has been authorized as an EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (Camo). The new organizational structure allows the OEM to issue and extend an airworthiness review certificate that replaces the annual Certificate of Airworthiness requirement.
Estero, Fla.-based Flightdocs, a provider of aircraft maintenance tracking software and services, released on Monday what it says is the first aircraft maintenance tracking iPad application. The Flightdocs Mobile Information Center app is available free at the iTunes store, though a Flightdocs maintenance tracking subscription is required.
The FAA has issued a final rule placing restrictions on operators employing former Flight Standards Service Aviation Safety Inspectors.
The FAA recently released a Notice of Policy titled “Policy Clarifying Definition of ‘Actively Engaged’ for Purposes of Inspector Authorization,” and industry comments on the new definition are mixed.
The FAA has issued a Notice of Policy that clarifies the term “actively engaged” for the purposes of application for and renewal of an inspection authorization, and industry groups have expressed concerns about the definition.
One of the problems with the aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) process is that it gives people, and especially FAA lawyers, too much time to think. And too much thinking often leads to onerous interpretations of what seem like simple regulations.
Southwest Airlines has grounded 79 (not 81 as was previously reported) of its Boeing 737s as it began working with Boeing and the NTSB to determine the cause of a “depressurization event” during a flight from Phoenix to Sacramento on Friday afternoon. The airplane diverted to Yuma, Ariz., for an emergency landing at 5:07 p.m. local time after a hole developed in the top of fuselage.
The FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD)—2011-01-53—on December 20 to owners and operators of the Piaggio Avanti twin turboprop. The AD supersedes AD 2011-01-51, issued December 18.