The FAA today released a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to remind operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small planes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.
Transport Canada (TC) has issued an Urgent Airworthiness Directive that calls for the inspection of certain tail-rotor components. The directive covers eight Bell Helicopter alert service bulletins for the 206, 222, 230, 407, 427 and 430.
TC identified the concern as “Balance weights departing from the tail-rotor blades during flight. The cause has been narrowed down to missing weight screws. This failure can happen at any time.”
Eclipse Aviation maintains that financial problems aren’t behind its decision on Friday to trim about 100 of its 1,500 employees. In a letter sent to employees addressing the cuts, company president and CEO Vern Raburn said, “This step was not driven by financial requirements.
A May 1 AD (2003-09-09) extends the provisions of an earlier airworthiness directive calling for a one-time inspection to check for chafed or damaged wiring in the fuel boost pumps in about 370 U.S.-registered Cessna 441 Conquests. The new directive makes the one-time inspection of the earlier AD a repetitive one (at 200-hour intervals) and requires the eventual installation of an improved fuel pump and wire-harness design.
Nearly 40,000 Kidde Aerospace halon fire extinguishers will have to be removed from service, under a proposed airworthiness directive. The FAA said the discharge time of the handheld units (part number 898052 and serial number of W-389653 or lower in units built between 1995 and 2002) exceeds the maximum allowable discharge time due to an allegedly crimped siphon tube.
A new airworthiness directive (AD 2003-09-10) requires operators of the Premier I to modify the aft power-distribution box and aft ram-air duct. The FAA said the AD is the result of two incidents involving temporary loss of all attitude display data, apparently from moisture entering the distribution box through the aft ram-air duct. Compliance is required within 10 hours time in service after May 13, the effective date of the directive.
Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has launched its newest software platform–Navigator V. The new program improves a maintenance organization’s ability to cut the cost and time associated with accessing and compiling regulatory data. It streamlines user interface and simplifies work flow when accessing a complete and current collection of regulatory documents.
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD) for the Eurocopter AS 350B/BA/B1/B2/B3/D and AS 355E Squirrel light helicopters, requiring replacement of the hydraulic fluid at a specified interval when operating in cold weather. The amendment is prompted by reports of ice forming due to condensation in some parts of the hydraulic system.
The long-running dispute between JetStar operators and Lockheed Martin continues, as the two dozen or so owners of the remaining 36 U.S.-registered Lockheed L-329 JetStars say they are just about out of patience with the defense contractor. Lockheed Martin inherited JetStar support under the same agreement through which it supports the L-1011 TriStar airliner. It has not produced either aircraft in decades.
Tdata, Inc., (Booth No. 4523) is offering demonstrations of its maintenance reference library and software tools for aviation maintenance technicians. The company’s annual regulation library on CD contains one of the world’s largest databases of Airworthiness Directives.