airworthiness directive

noun
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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 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, 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, 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. Bloomberg.com, 15 Apr. 2018

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1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Airworthiness directive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airworthiness%20directive. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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