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Archive | November, 2007

NPRM, Airworthiness Directive (AD), for McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30 airplane

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 — David Evans

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23 October 2007 FR Doc E7-20823 – Docket No. FAA-2007-0074 FAA Proposed AD would require replacement of the wire harness of the auxiliary hydraulic pump with a new one, and routing the new wire harness outside of the tire burst area. The proposed AD results from fuel system safety reviews conducted by the manufacturer and […]

Curious announcement

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 — David Evans

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On the FAA Technical Center’s website is an announcement regarding the use of magnesium metal in the cabin, and the likelihood that special conditions will be required to assure that safety is not reduced. The announcement is interesting on a number of counts: Apparently, magnesium is being considered as a weight-saving element to the structure […]

Safety survey quashed, temporarily

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 — David Evans

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One gets the definite impression that members of the House Science & Technology Committee do not want to get rolled again by the National Aeronautics & Space Committee. Consider this revealing passage from the legislators’ 22 October letter to NASA Administrator Michael Griffin: “(We) ask that you make a copy of all NAOMS [National Aviation […]

Bomb Components Smuggled Through Airport Screening Checkpoints & Onto Airplanes

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 — David Evans

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A new report by government auditors details how bomb parts and various like items were smuggled past screeners at 19 airport checkpoints across the United States. The 14 November report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) set off a flurry of press coverage and a Congressional hearing, right at the advent of the Holiday travel […]

French Investigating Mishap at Airbus Factory

Monday, November 26, 2007 — David Evans

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A brand new Airbus A340-600 was involved in a ground crash during testing of its engines at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. The accident occurred 15 November, hurtling the 472-passenger plane into a blast wall. The A340-600 was only eight days away from being delivered to Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways. All nine people aboard […]

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