Uncontrolled decompression

April 23, 2014 - 11:00am

A proposed Learjet 45 FAA airworthiness directive is prompted by reports of non-conforming windshield supports (coupe rails). It would require a general visual inspection to detect gouging and scratches and to determine if a radius has been removed; an ultrasound inspection to measure the dimensions of the lower coupe rails; an eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the lower coupe rails; replacement of the lower coupe rails if necessary; and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable.

April 21, 2014 - 1:11pm

The FAA last week proposed a $547,500 civil penalty against Hawaiian Airlines for operating a Boeing 767-300 “more than 5,000 times” when the aircraft was not in compliance with a July 2000 airworthiness directive (AD). The AD required inspections of certain engine thrust reverser components to prevent a portion of the device from separating in flight and causing a rapid decompression of the aircraft. It also mandated initial and repetitive inspections of the components to detect damage and wear, and to take corrective actions if necessary.

January 15, 2014 - 12:05pm

Greenpoint Technologies has signed a second completion customer for a private Boeing 787. The customer’s name is confidential. Greenpoint signed its first 787 completion contract in December last year, and these contracts follow years of preparation for 787 completion programs.

January 3, 2014 - 5:20am

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) is studying ways to reduce the loads imposed on a bizliner’s interior walls and their structural attachments by a sudden drop in cabin pressure. The solution appears to lie in installing large cutouts in the walls and floor.

December 4, 2013 - 1:40am

Apple’s new iPad Air, which is thinner and weighs one-third of a pound less than the previous-generation iPad, has passed rapid decompression testing conducted by Jeppesen. The company tested the iPad Air to 51,000 feet, similar to tests conducted on all previous iPad versions. “No anomalies were detected during testing of any of the iPad models,” according to Jeppesen, which makes the Mobile FliteDeck and FliteDeck VFR apps for the iPad.

October 16, 2013 - 12:25pm

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the Boeing 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series. The AD was prompted by a report of cracks found in the skin at body station 540 just below stringer S-22L on a 737-700.

October 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that the improper installation of a fuselage crown skin panel during the manufacturing process was the probable cause of substantial damage to a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 during a rapid decompression incident in April 2011.

August 2, 2013 - 1:45am
Mimi Tompkins, a 767-300ER first officer with Hawaiian Airlines

“From tragedy we draw knowledge to improve safety for all.” That’s the NTSB mission. And that’s what Kevin Armstrong, trainer at Aircare Assistance, and Mimi Tompkins, a 767-300ER first officer with Hawaiian Airlines, wanted to talk about at the NBAA Flight Attendants and Technicians Conference.

July 3, 2012 - 6:00am
Left, approach plate with own-ship position on Garmin Pilot iPad app. Right, Jeppesen en route chart with own-ship position on Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck iPad app.

The FAA’s release of an updated Advisory Circular 120-76B covering electronic flight bag (EFB) guidelines is raising concerns about possible increased scrutiny of Part 91 Subpart F operators of business jets that weigh more than 12,500 pounds.

June 12, 2012 - 3:43pm

The FAA released Advisory Circular 120-76B late last week, updating the “Guidelines for the Certification, Airworthiness and Operational Use of Portable Electronic Flight Bags.” Naturally, much of the interest surrounding the updated AC involves how it applies to tablet computers such as the Apple iPad, which has gained a huge following among pilots in all segments of aviation.

 
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