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Archive | January, 2008

Trend to Fewer Accidents Continued in 2007

Thursday, January 17, 2008 — David Evans

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‘Incident prevention’ regarded as key to ‘accident prevention’ For safety, the year 2007 can be described as the good, the bad and the ugly, according to U.K.-based consultancy Ascend. The group tracks accidents worldwide and produces a year-end review of accidents in the form of a “Special Bulletin.” Paul Hayes “2007 was ‘good’ in that, […]

Airport Safety Falls Short, GAO Declares

Thursday, January 17, 2008 — David Evans

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A new report highly critical of efforts to curb runway incursions blames much on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) purported lack of leadership. In fact, this dire finding came from FAA officials, who told Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigators that the Office of Runway Safety has not had a permanent director for the past two […]

New rules for wiring

Monday, January 14, 2008 — David Evans

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A dozen advisory circulars (ACs) have been issued to help interpret and carry out the wiring inspections mandated by the FAA (see Significant Regulatory & Related Activity). One of the best written is AC No. 25-27, titled thoroughly, “Development of Transport Category Airplane Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems [EWIS] Instructions for Continued Airworthiness Using an Enhanced […]

Final rule, Enhanced Airworthiness Program for Airplane Systems/Fuel Tank Safety (EAPAS/FTS)

Saturday, January 12, 2008 — David Evans

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8 November 2007 FR Doc E7-21434 – Docket No. FAA-2004-18379 FAA This new rule should boost wiring safety by imposing new wiring-related maintenance and inspection tasks. The rule applies to all transport category airplanes with 30 or more seats or a maximum payload of 7,700 pounds for which type certificates (TCs) have been issued and […]

Two pilots, one grounding, under new retirement law.

Friday, January 11, 2008 — David Evans

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President Bush recently signed into law a bill raising the commercial pilots mandatory retirement age from 60 to 65. The legislation is known as the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act. “Finally, some fairness for our most experienced pilots,” said Rep. John Mica (R – Fla.), the ranking minority member of the House Transportation and […]

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