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A380 Engine Explosion Traced To Flawed Oil Pipe

Monday, December 6, 2010 — David Evans

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A380 Engine Explosion Traced To Flawed Oil Pipe

An engine part on the Airbus A380 would have been scrapped on sight if produced for the automobile industry, raising a serious question of quality control practices in the aviation industry. Recall that an uncontained explosion of one of the four Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines on the mighty super-jumbo created all sorts of cascading damage […]

Improved Safety by Dribbles

Friday, December 3, 2010 — David Evans

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Think about this: safety deficiencies have already been identified, but the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is dribbling out corrections in penny-packets. Not only does the practice put aircraft occupants at risk, it creates a nightmare for maintenance personnel. Recall that after the fuel tank explosion that downed TWA flight 800 in 1996, the aviation industry […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Thursday, December 2, 2010 — David Evans

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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Among the recent regulatory actions: (1) continued problems with B737 cockpit warnings, (2) more SFAR 88-related work on electrical systems, (3) a special condition for B787 fuel tank safety, (4) an AD affecting more than 4,000 Robinson helicopters, and (5) an emergency AD concerning Bell helicopters.

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