airworthiness directive

variants: or Airworthiness Directive

Definition of airworthiness directive

: a document that notifies the owners or operators of a particular model of aircraft that unsafe or potentially unsafe conditions have been discovered which may affect the airworthiness of the model in question and that details any corrective actions which may be necessary to address the deficiency

Examples of airworthiness directive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There were no outstanding airworthiness directives or minimum equipment list items, and all inspections were up to date. New York Times, "Read the Preliminary N.T.S.B. Report About the Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash," 7 Feb. 2020 In 2010, the FAA proposed a $664,000 penalty against Parachute Center owner Bill Dause for allegedly failing to replace required parts on a DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter and comply with airworthiness directives. Los Angeles Times, "Skydiver killed near Lodi in collision with semi truck," 26 Sep. 2019 Anyone flying a 737 Max in the nearly five months since Flight 610 will have been keenly aware of the quirks associated with that disaster, not least since the FAA put out an emergency airworthiness directive telling crew how to fix the problem. Washington Post, "After Ethiopian Air Crash, 737 Max May Face Global Grounding," 18 Sep. 2019 Following Boeing’s statement, the FAA has issued an airworthiness directive for the 737 Max which mandates safety protocols for US carriers, according to Bloomberg. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Boeing issues safety bulletin on 737 Max aircraft following Lion Air crash," 7 Nov. 2018 The emergency airworthiness directive will be binding on all U.S. carriers flying Boeing 737 Max 8 versions and is expected to be embraced by regulators world-wide. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing, FAA to Issue Safety Alerts Following Lion Air Crash," 6 Nov. 2018 Even more disruptive is the European regulator’s airworthiness directive requiring that the inspection interval for 787s equipped with the engines be cut to every 80 trips from 200 now., "Dreamliners’ Longest Trips Face Curbs Because of Rolls-Royce Engine Issues," 15 Apr. 2018 The airworthiness directive calls for an ultrasonic inspection because the cracks and metal fatigue are not visible to the naked eye. Rene Marsh And Gregory Wallace, CNN, "FAA mandates more engine inspections following Southwest incident," 1 May 2018 Shortly after the incident, the FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive requiring inspections. Rene Marsh And Gregory Wallace, CNN, "FAA mandates more engine inspections following Southwest incident," 1 May 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Airworthiness directive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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