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Emergency Inspections Ordered

Friday, April 8, 2011 — David Evans

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Emergency Inspections Ordered

The FAA has ordered that all B737 Classics undergo intensive structural inspections over the next 20 days, but the number of aircraft with cracks need not be reported to the agency. Given the emergency nature of the directive, one would think the FAA would insist on knowing the extent of fracturing in the fleet. Significant […]

Emergency Oxygen Ordered Removed From Lavatories

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 — David Evans

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Emergency Oxygen Ordered Removed From Lavatories

The FAA has already initiated action to nullify the emergency oxygen supply to aircraft lavatories, but the reasons for this hasty action are not stated. Furthermore, the FAA’s own Technical Center reports indicate that an activated oxygen generator does not generate enough heat to ignite cardboard or other packing materials. Significant Regulatory & Related Activity […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 — David Evans

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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

To achieve type certification, the new Gulfstream GVI will have to satisfy the special condition outlined below regarding reliability of its electrical system. _____________________ 14 February 2011                    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FR Doc 2011-3210                   Docket No. NM444 Special Conditions No. 25-11-03-SC Notice of Proposed Special Conditions, Gulfstream Model GVI airplane, Operation Without Normal Electrical Power […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 — David Evans

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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Ice in pitot tubes and angle of attack sensors can be as threatening to continued safe flight as ice on the wings, as elucidated by recent FAA actions. Protections against frozen water seem decidedly lax given the deadly threat. _________________________ 25 January 2011                   FAA FR Doc No. 2011-1226          Docket No. FF-2011-0029 AD 2011-02-09 Final Rule, […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Sunday, November 21, 2010 — David Evans

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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

From the obvious to the belated to the inexplicably absent, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to demonstrate a surprising capacity for bureaucratic ineptitude. On 8 October the FAA issued a non-mandatory letter regarding the transport of shipments of lithium batteries, which have caused more than one fire on aircraft. An outright ban of such […]

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