airworthiness directive


variants or 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 The equipment was required to undergo annual testing, according to an airworthiness directive issued by the FAA in 2017. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2023 The petition cited an airworthiness directive issued earlier this month by the FAA, which deemed it unsafe to rely on cockpit safety systems in the presence of 5G transmitters in the C-Band. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 The airports that would face potential disruptions will be identified in future notices, according to the FAA order, known as an airworthiness directive. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2021 The Federal Aviation Administration released a new airworthiness directive for the Beechcraft King Air C90 (and others) on Jan. 11. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 14 July 2021 Tuesday’s order, known as an emergency airworthiness directive, requires an inspection process known as thermal acoustic imaging, or TAI, which is used to find cracks. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2021 The airworthiness directive seeks to address that human factor, proposing not only changes to the aircraft design but also requiring a mandatory training program for pilots, including flight simulator training. David Rising, Star Tribune, 24 Nov. 2020 There were no outstanding airworthiness directives or minimum equipment list items, and all inspections were up to date. New York Times, 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, 26 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airworthiness directive was in 1945

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“Airworthiness directive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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